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2011 Enterprise Green Communities Criteria

The 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.
Projects meeting the 2011 Criteria can register to achieve Enterprise Green Communities Certification at no cost.

Enterprise Green Communities Criteria   The Criteria are grouped into the following categories:
  1. Integrative Design
  2. Location and Neighborhood Fabric
  3. Site Improvements
  4. Water Conservation
  5. Energy Efficiency
  6. Materials Beneficial to the Environment
  7. Healthy Living Environment
  8. Operations and Maintenance 
2011 Criteria Frequently Asked Questions

2011 Enterprise Green Communities Criteria Updates

December 12, 2013

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:

Comparison of Green Criteria and USGBC's LEED for Homes Comparison of Enterprise Green Communities Criteria and USGBC’s LEED for Homes Multifamily Mid-Rise Comparison of Enterprise Green Communities Criteria and the National Green Building Standard
USGBC's LEED for Homes USGBC’s LEED for Homes Multifamily Mid-Rise National Green Building Standard
Comparison of Enterprise Green Communities Criteria and Build It Green’s Green Point Rated Comparison of Enterprise Green Communities Criteria and the National Green Building Standard Comparison of Enterprise Green Communities Criteria and Southface’s EarthCraft
Build It Green’s Green Point Rated National Residential Green Building Programs Southface's Earthcraft
Comparison Matrix 
Shows the overlap between EGC, LEED for Homes and LEED Mid-Rise