Energy Star Multifamily New Construction (ES MFNC) Program Guidance
Projects selected for funding in the 2021 Consolidated RFP must comply with the 2021 Rental Housing Design/Construction Standards (RHD/CS), the 2021 MN Overlay to the 2020 Enterprise Green Communities Criteria (EGCC), and other April 2021 Building Standards. Projects are also required to meet all requirements of the ES MFNC program regardless of compliance pathway. This is a requirement for Criteria 5.1a: Building Performance Standards.
All requirements and prerequisites, regardless of pathway (ERI*, Prescriptive, or ASHRAE**) including but not limited to underground garage ceiling insulation, exterior wall/envelope continuous insulation, functional testing, field verification, etc. must be followed. No exceptions or waivers will be considered other than what is noted in the published 2021 MN Overlay.
Engage with your HERS Rater or Energy Consultant early to determine which ES MFNC pathway is best for your project. This may include a discussion prior to the 2021 RFP/2022 HTC Round 1 application deadline for a full understanding of cost implications to comply.
*ERI is an abbreviation for Energy Rating Index.
**ASHRAE is an abbreviation for American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers. It is used in reference to standard 90.1: Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings.