The Missouri Home Energy Certification (MHEC) program encourages Missourians to reduce energy usage by making improvements or upgrades to their homes. MHEC is a voluntary program designed to promote energy efficient homes through clear and meaningful recognition. It is intended to help homeowners convey the invested value of the energy efficient features of their home to potential buyers. The criteria for recognition have been determined by working with interested and affected parties. Many of the existing energy programs have been taken into account regarding all aspects of home energy use and how they can tie together to recognize a home’s energy efficiency.
Both new and existing single-family homes in Missouri are eligible for MHEC program. An eligible home can achieve one of two levels of certification under this program: Gold level or Silver level.
There are two ways to achieve Gold certification. The first relies on existing rating systems, such as the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Home Energy Score (HEScore), Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Index, and Columbia Water & Light’s Efficiency Score (CWL Efficiency Score), to set the threshold for efficiency. The second approach recognizes homes that have installed significant assets to the 2012 International Energy Conservation Code (2012 IECC) level, or have achieved Energy Star Certified Home designation on or after January 1, 2017.
For silver certificates, homes will be recognized for significant energy efficiency improvements or for completing a majority of the cost-effective energy efficiency measures identified in an energy audit. The approach will be measured using the HEScore, HERS Index, CWL Efficiency Score, or as modeled by an approved software program. To earn the silver certificate, homeowners must have participated in an approved Missouri program or received an energy audit.
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Applications may be submitted only by a Certified Home Energy Auditor (HEA) who is currently certified by the Missouri Division of Energy. Information regarding how to become a Certified Home Energy Auditor can be found here. In order to achieve a certification, interested home owners should work with certified auditors. No application fee is required from the Division of Energy. However, there may be costs involved in a home energy audit and/or energy efficiency retrofits.
The review process normally takes about two or three weeks depending on the volume of applications we receive. The homeowner will be notified via email whether the home receives a certificate. It will include an electronic copy of the certificate if approved for certification.
Applications may be submitted through the Green Building Registry™ . Certified auditors should review FAQs for Certified Energy Auditors and Missouri Home Energy Certification Program Guidelines before preparing an MHEC application.
Guidance Documents and Training Materials
- FAQs for Homeowners (01/17)
- FAQs for Certified Energy Auditors (01/17)
- Missouri Home Energy Certification Program Guidelines (01/17)
- Training Video for Application Submission (02/15)