Certification Eligibility & Requirements
Green Communities Certification is available for all buildings that contain affordable housing units. Enterprise defines affordable housing as projects serving residents at or below 60 percent AMI for rental projects and at or below 80 percent AMI for for-sale projects.
Stand-alone single-family and multifamily buildings, and groups of single-family or multifamily buildings can pursue Enterprise Green Communities Certification.
All projects seeking Green Communities Certification must meet mandatory criteria. New construction projects must achieve at least 40 optional points. Substantial and Moderate Rehab projects must achieve at least 35 optional points.
Enterprise Green Communities Certification is a two - phase process housed within the Green Communities Certification portal. All PreBuild and PostBuild applications will be reviewed in no more than 30 days by Enterprise. After the review period, project teams will either receive a notice that additional information is needed for their application to be approved, or that their application was successful. Note: if additional information is requested and the project team subsequently resubmits their PreBuild or PostBuild application, these will re-enter the review queue, which may take up to 30 days.
Prebuild applications are due at least 30 days before start of construction:
Provide project information.
Document how the project will meet the appropriate mandatory and optional criteria.
- Upload the required Supplemental Documents.
Postbuild applications are due within 60 days of construction completion:
Confirm/update project information.
Document how the project met the appropriate mandatory and optional criteria.
Upload the required Supplemental Documents.
Certified projects are awarded with a Green Communities Certification plaque.
Projects certifying to the 2020 Criteria will incur a small fee, $1250 at the time of Prebuild application and $300 at the time of Postbuild application. Fees will be collected online through the Green Communities Certification portal at the time that an application is submitted.
Waiver Request Process
A formal waiver process is in place for project teams with extenuating circumstances that preclude the project from meeting mandatory criterion. Wavier requests are evaluated on a case-by-case basis, and to maintain the technical integrity of the Green Communities Criteria, these are offered on a limited basis. Project teams must submit all waiver requests within the Green Communities Certification portal during the PreBuild and/or PostBuild application phase.
A verification protocol is designed to bring the benefits of third-party on-site assessment and performance testing to developments seeking Certification. Any project team submitting a request for certification to Enterprise may be subject to on-site verification by a third-party provider. Enterprise Green Communities will notify the project team if the project is randomly selected for verification. Green Communities will then direct a consultant to conduct the verification, monitor the consultant for quality assurance, and cover the costs to complete the verification.