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DOE Challenge Home Partner Central

The DOE Challenge Home label is the symbol of excellence for new homes. Join the ranks of leading edge builders who provide their customers with proven innovation, sustained value, no or ultra-low utility bills, energy and water savings, and increased comfort—not to mention a safe and healthy home for generations to come.

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  1. What is a DOE Challenge Home? A DOE Challenge Home is a home that meets all of the criteria found in the DOE Challenge Home National Program Requirements. DOE Challenge Homes are verified by a qualified third-party and are at least 40%-50% more energy efficient than a typical new home. This generally corresponds to a Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Index Score in the low to mid-50s, depending on the size of the home and region in which it is built.

    All DOE Challenge Homes are zero net-energy ready and are so efficient a small renewable energy system can offset most or all annual energy consumption.

    A DOE Challenge Home label provides a general comparison of DOE Challenge Homes to recent vintage existing homes and ENERGY STAR Homes on relative levels of comfort, indoor environment, durability, advanced technology, construction quality and energy efficiency.

    A DOE Challenge Home certificate is automatically generated from compliance software. It includes energy savings information as well as a HERS Index Score.

    A DOE Challenge Home Verification Form provides information need to calculate program savings. It can be generated from compliance software.

  2. What is expected of partners? Every type of partner has its own role. Review the appropriate partnership agreement package for more information on partner expectations:

    • NEW Builder Builder partners may be any person or entity that constructs single-family homes, multifamily buildings, affordable housing, manufactured homes or develops land.
    • NEW Verifier Verifier partners must be accredited Home Energy Raters, Building America team members, or participate in other accredited verification programs recognized by DOE.
    • NEW Training Training partners may be any organization other than builders and verifiers that are interested in supporting the effort. Specific relevant organizations include, but are not limited to utilities, building product manufacturers, energy efficiency programs, non-profit energy organizations, and state/local government.
  3. How do I become a partner? To become a partner, register online by completing contact information, uploading your company logo, and making additional commitments as appropriate. Once you've given your electronic signature and submitted your registration, look for a confirmation by email with your password to access your account.

  4. How do I learn about the DOE Challenge Home benefits and how to qualify a home? To learn more about the DOE Challenge Home join us at an event or complete the orientation training webinar (video, text version, presentation slides).

  5. How do I get recognized as a partner? Active accounts will appear on the locator tool making it easy for homebuyers to find you. For additional recognition, apply to the Housing Innovation Awards.

  6. How do I certify homes to the challenge? To certify homes, work with a registered third-party verifier to model and inspect your home. Be sure to email your completed DOE Challenge Home verification form to to receive recognition on the locator tool.

Enhance Your Partnership With Training

DOE Challenge Home training provides dynamic content on the builder business case, value message to consumers, and technical strategies to successfully build net zero-energy ready homes in today's market.