2011 Enterprise Green Communities CriteriaThe Criteria was developed collaboratively by Enterprise with leading national organizations and experts to:
- Provide a clear, cost-effective framework for all affordable housing development types in any location in the country, including new construction and rehabilitation in multifamily as well as single-family buildings.
- Deliver significant health, economic and environmental benefits to low-income families.
The Criteria are grouped into the following categories:
2011 Enterprise Green Communities Criteria Updates
May 7, 2014
5.5a Efficient Lighting: Interior Units – Alternative Compliance Pathway for Substantial and Moderate Rehab Projects Only
Regardless of fixture type, 90% of light bulbs in the building interior should be ENERGY STAR-labeled compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) or light-emitting diodes (LEDs).
5.1b Building Performance Standard (New Construction: Multifamily buildings, four stories or more): Garage Heating Guidance in heating dominated climates.
September 21, 2012
5.1a Building Performance Standard: Additional Guidance
Projects certifying under the ENERGY STAR New Homes Version 3 program per Criteria 5.1a, will be allowed to request an exemption to using an EPA H-QITO (HVAC Quality Installation Training and Oversight Organization) approved HVAC contractor. Requests should be submitted in the online Certification Portal under waiver requests, and will be reviewed on a one-off basis.
5.1b Building Performance Standard: Alternative Compliance Pathway for New Construction Projects Four Stories or More
Enterprise Green Communities is now accepting the LEED for Homes Multifamily Midrise Alternative Compliance Path as an alternative pathway to certifying under the ENERGY STAR Multifamily High-Rise Program per Criterion 5.1b. Projects that choose to follow the LEED pathway will be required to submit additional documentation at the step 2, post-build review.
7.8 Combustion Equipment:Language Clarification
The language in the first paragraph of the “Requirements” section of Criterion 7.8 has been updated to state the following: “Specify power-vented or direct vent equipment when installing new space and waterheating equipment in New Construction and any Substantial and Moderate Rehab projects.”
October 1, 2011
Building Performance Standard 5.1c: Guidelines for Moderate and Substantial Rehab Projects Addendum
Single family and low-rise multifamily brick / masonry buildings built prior to 1980 using the 2011 Criteria have had difficulty achieving a Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Index of 85, as required by Enterprise Green Communities mandatory criterion 5.1c, without undertaking drastic renovations to the building envelope that are unfeasible under the project scope and budget. In response, Enterprise has developed an alternative compliance pathway for eligible projects.
Questions? Contact Enterprise Green Communities
Companion Documents and Tools
2011 Criteria Planning Tool Online
|2011 Criteria Checklist||2011 Criteria Overview||Project Management Guide|
Comparison of Enterprise Green Criteria with other Programs:
|USGBC's LEED for Homes||USGBC’s LEED for Homes Multifamily Mid-Rise||National Green Building Standard|
|Build It Green’s Green Point Rated||National Residential Green Building Programs||Southface's Earthcraft|
Shows the overlap between EGC, LEED for Homes and LEED Mid-Rise