ENERGY STAR

ENERGY STAR®

ENERGY STAR® is the simple choice for energy efficiency. For more than 20 years, EPA’s ENERGY STAR program has been America’s resource for saving energy, saving money and protecting the environment. Behind each blue label is a product, building, or home that is independently certified to use less energy and cause fewer of the emissions that contribute to climate change. Today, ENERGY STAR is the most widely recognized symbol for energy efficiency in the world, helping families and business save $360 billion on utility bills, while reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 2.5 billion metric tons since 1992.

Join the millions making a difference at www.energystar.gov.

What is ENERGY STAR?

ENERGY STAR is a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency voluntary program that helps businesses and individuals save money and protect our climate through superior energy efficiency.

Click here for a list of ENERGY STAR resources.


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Upcoming Training Opportunities with ENERGY STAR®

Join us for some great learning opportunities.

To register for upcoming trainings, visit esbuildings.webex.com. If you won’t be able to attend, you can still view recorded trainings at this site (click “View Event Recordings” in the upper right-hand corner of the screen). If you have any questions, please contact energystartraining@clarkgroupllc.com.


Ask The Expert

Wednesday, September 1, 2021 12:00 pm EDT
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Wednesday, November 3, 2021 12:00 pm EDT
Every other Wednesday at noon, we’ll hold Portfolio Manager "Ask the Expert." It’s a live webinar that gives all users an opportunity to ask their questions directly to EPA experts in an open forum. Want to talk to a “real” person? Have a question about how Portfolio Manager calculates your score? Want to learn more about entering Green Power? Join us, and we’ll answer all your questions about ENERGY STAR’s Portfolio Manager in this public forum.

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Portfolio Manager 101

Thursday, September 2, 2021 1:00 pm EDT
Tuesday, October 12, 2021 1:00 pm EDT
Join us as we introduce and demonstrate the core functionality of EPA’s ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager tool. Attendees will learn how to: navigate Portfolio Manager; add a property and enter details about it; enter energy and water consumption data; and generate template performance reports to assess progress.

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Portfolio Manager 201

Tuesday, September 7, 2021 1:00 pm EDT
Tuesday, October 19, 2021 1:00 pm EDT
Continue to learn about EPA’s ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager tool, with a deeper dive into more advanced functionalities such as: editing property data; correcting and updating property use details; using the data quality checker; and sharing property data.

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How to Apply for Tenant Space Recognition

Wednesday, September 8, 2021 2:00 pm EDT
Join us to learn about applying for ENERGY STAR Tenant Space Recognition, a new recognition opportunity offered to Office tenant spaces. Understand the value of Tenant Space recognition, see the step-by-step process of applying within Portfolio Manager, and gain tips to help your tenant space promote its superior energy efficiency practices.

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Benchmarking Energy Use and Assessing Energy and GHG Performance During a Pandemic

Thursday, September 9, 2021 1:00 pm EDT
Are you wondering how to tackle the challenge of benchmarking your energy data during the pandemic due to atypical energy use and occupancy patterns? Curious how to assess your energy and GHG performance for 2020 and 2021? Join this webinar to hear perspectives from two ENERGY STAR partners.

Barry Abramson from Servidyne, an energy and sustainability consulting firm, will discuss the complexity of benchmarking energy use through the pandemic and how to take into account changed occupancy patterns, building operational strategies implemented during low-occupancy periods, and the energy impact of COVID-related measures. He’ll also walk through the thought process of how to assess energy and GHG performance for 2020 and 2021 in comparison to baseline years and targets.

Rielle Green from CBRE, a commercial real estate company, will share their perspective including how COVID has changed their building operations, what has been successful and what has posed challenges.

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Financing Energy Efficiency Projects: What to Know Before you Sign

Monday, September 13, 2021 1:00 pm EDT
During this session, attendees will learn the ins and outs of how to finance energy efficiency projects at public sector, commercial and industrial buildings. The webinar will review key considerations managers should make while comparing financing options, tax strategies, and energy goals. Furthermore, this webinar will also touch on energy performance contracting and off balance sheet financing.

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Portfolio Manager 301

Tuesday, September 14, 2021 1:00 pm EDT
Tuesday, October 26, 2021 1:00 pm EDT
With a good background on the basic functionality of EPA’s ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager tool, learn about some advanced features including: using spreadsheet upload templates to update property data; setting goals and targets to plan energy improvements for properties; creating custom reports; and using the Sustainable Buildings Checklist.

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Minimizing Water Use in Mechanical/HVAC Systems

Wednesday, September 15, 2021 2:00 pm EDT
Facilities with extensive heating and cooling requirements can still be water-efficient. Optimizing your heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) system efficiency will help save your facility water, energy, and money. EPA’s WaterSense program will teach you how to reduce water waste in cooling towers and steam boilers, optimize chilled water systems, and address equipment that uses single-pass cooling water. Ralph Owens from Global ROC, LLC will present a case study on increasing cooling tower efficiency for a building in Houston, TX.

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GHG Emissions for Commercial Real Estate: Deep Dive Part 1

Thursday, September 16, 2021 1:00 pm EDT
The first session in a two-part series will introduce the purpose of accounting for organization-wide carbon emissions and outline important steps for getting started with developing greenhouse gas inventories. Topics will include boundary setting, data collection, calculating emissions, reporting greenhouse gas data, and leveraging tools from the ENERGY STAR Program that can assist with these processes. In addition, Ben Myers, Vice President of Sustainability at Boston Properties, will discuss his organization’s approach to its greenhouse gas accounting experiences, lessons learned, and how they are using their inventory to achieve carbon-related goals and drive climate change impact throughout their portfolio.

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Decarbonize Your Design Challenge Kick-Off

Thursday, September 16, 2021 2:30 pm EDT
Join us as we introduce the Decarbonize Your Design Challenge, a newly launched ENERGY STAR campaign. Hear about who is eligible, how to participate, and recognition opportunities.

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Verifying the Application for ENERGY STAR Tenant Space Recognition

Tuesday, September 21, 2021 1:00 pm EDT
Are you a licensed professional that verifies commercial building applications for ENERGY STAR® certification? If so, you now have the opportunity to also verify applications for ENERGY STAR Tenant Space recognition, a new program as of October 2020. This webinar, based on the ENERGY STAR Tenant Space Recognition Guide for Licensed Professionals, covers the role of the licensed professional, as well as requirements for verifying applications for ENERGY STAR Tenant Space recognition.

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Water and Wastewater Treatment Facility Benchmarking and Energy Efficiency Opportunities

Friday, September 24, 2021 2:30 pm EDT
This webinar features EPA’s ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager, a powerful online tool that can help you track and manage your system’s energy usage and energy savings from efficiency projects, including related greenhouse gas emissions for your inventories. We will discuss how Portfolio Manager benefits water and wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) systems, and demonstrate how you can create an account and benchmark your systems at no cost to you. We will be joined by Dr. Patrick Phelan who will talk about his work at Arizona State University’s Industrial Assessment Center. He will discuss energy efficiency at WWTP’s, explain their pilot comparing the energy efficiency of WWTP’s he has visited, and discuss some of the most common energy-saving recommendations given by the Center. Other topics may include additional energy and cost saving recommendations the Center has given such as composting sludge and selling it as fertilizer, biogas generation from sludge, demand shifting, electricity rate plan changes, switching to LEDs, replacing motors with high efficiency ones, etc.

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How to Avoid Common Mistakes When Benchmarking Offices

Tuesday, September 28, 2021 1:00 pm EDT
Join us to learn about how to benchmark your Office property in Portfolio Manager. During this session we will review Office Use Details as well as how to benchmark vacant space, data centers, and how to account for changes due to COVID-19.

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GHG Emissions for Commercial Real Estate: Deep Dive Part 2

Thursday, September 30, 2021 1:00 pm EDT
The second session of the two-part series will include a panel discussion amongst practitioners in the commercial real estate space that are leading the industry in energy and climate management efforts. Speakers will discuss the innovative initiatives their organizations are implementing to demonstrate their climate commitments, and how conducting greenhouse gas inventories has played a role in their ability to drive action and advance portfolio-wide carbon reduction goals.

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How to Avoid Common Mistakes When Benchmarking Multifamily Housing Campuses

Wednesday, October 6, 2021 2:30 pm EDT
Join us to learn about how to benchmark your Multifamily Housing property in Portfolio Manager. During this session we will review how to benchmark a campus of buildings, how to benchmark your property when it is built in separate phases, parking, and solar net metering.

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America's Most Energy Efficient Manufacturing Plants, Part 1: Cement and Glass

Wednesday, October 13, 2021 12:00 pm EDT
The industrial sector accounts for nearly a third energy use and greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S. Improving the energy efficiency of manufacturing is a key strategy for both decarbonization and competitiveness. This webinar series will provide an inside look at how ENERGY STAR certified plants, the most energy-efficient manufacturing plants in the nation, have achieved top performance.

Webinar 1: While there are no volcanoes in Arizona or New Jersey, the plants featured in this webinar need to reach temperatures as hot as lava to make their products. Learn how they stay efficient both on the thermal and electrical sides of their facilities. This webinar will feature:

  • CalPortland’s Rillito, Arizona cement plant (9 years ENERGY STAR certified)
  • Ardagh Glass’s Bridgeton, New Jersey container glass plant (6 years ENERGY STAR certified)

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Virtually Proven: Technology-Based Solutions for Remote Energy Management

Thursday, October 14, 2021 1:00 pm EDT
From video calls to video goggles during the COVID-19 pandemic, ENERGY STAR partners have used technology to improve communication among the on-site staff and off-site experts working to improve the energy performance of buildings and plants. Join this webinar to learn from three ENERGY STAR partners how remote energy management strategies implemented during the pandemic have proven to be effective for ongoing use in building management.

Sustainable Investment Group, a building consulting firm, will describe their work with a live streaming audio/video tool that is helping to keep projects moving forward during this time of health risks and limited travel.

RE Tech Advisors will explain their successful Engineer in a Box™ (EiB) model, which involves sending a toolkit, including a smart phone and other engineering instruments, to a property to assist a RE Tech professional engineer conduct a virtual site assessment to help identify and implement energy efficiency strategies.

Georgia-Pacific will discuss how they’ve used video goggle technology at manufacturing plants to communicate with people such as engineers, electricians, and mechanics who are off-site for improved plant and energy management during the pandemic.

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How to Apply for the ENERGY STAR for U.S. Buildings

Thursday, October 21, 2021 1:00 pm EST
Join us to learn about applying for ENERGY STAR Certification in Portfolio Manager. Understand the value of the ENERGY STAR certification, see the step-by-step process of applying, and gain tips to help your property get from application to award.

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Portfolio Manager as a Benchmarking Service

Wednesday, October 27, 2021 1:00 pm EST
Energy benchmarking is ideally a partnership between a facility services company and a building owner or manager to develop and execute a long-term plan to improve the efficiency of the building significantly. This type of plan must be grounded in the reality of current performance while also tracking progress toward established goals. Facility service companies that embrace ENERGY STAR benchmarking as a service set themselves up to be the ongoing partner that monitor’s results and implements recommendations to achieve performance goals.

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Boost Project Sales with Portfolio Manager

Wednesday, October 27, 2021 3:00 pm EST
By joining this training, sales professionals in the facility services industry can learn how to incorporate Portfolio Manager and energy performance benchmarking into their process for generating new and additional project sales.

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Verifying the ENERGY STAR Application for Certification

Thursday, October 28, 2021 1:00 pm EST
Do you verify commercial building applications for ENERGY STAR® certification? This webinar, based on the ENERGY STAR Guide for Licensed Professionals, covers the role of the licensed professional, as well as requirements for verifying commercial building applications for ENERGY STAR certification.

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Dive into Water and Waste Savings Strategies from BOMA’s W2 Challenge Champions

Tuesday, November 9, 2021 1:00 pm EST
Have you been searching for ways to save water and waste in your commercial buildings? Join us to hear best practices from two ENERGY STAR partners that were champions of The Building Owner and Manager’s Association’s (BOMA) W2 (water and waste) challenge. The W2 Challenge was a two-year program designed to encourage buildings to benchmark water usage and waste output and implement best practices to improve performance. Participants committed to enter water and/or waste data at least quarterly in ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager® over the 2018 and 2019 calendar years. Nearly 2,000 buildings from more than 400 cities across the US participated, representing nearly half a billion square feet of space. Results from the challenge showed that office sector participants reduced their water-use intensity by 68% and retail and food service participants reduced their waste use intensity by 81%.

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America's Most Energy Efficient Manufacturing Plants, Part 2: Paper and Petroleum

Wednesday, November 17, 2021 12:00 pm EST
Have you been searching for ways to save water and waste in your commercial buildings? Join us to hear best practices from two ENERGY STAR partners that were champions of The Building Owner and Manager’s Association’s (BOMA) W2 (water and waste) challenge. The W2 Challenge was a two-year program designed to encourage buildings to benchmark water usage and waste output and implement best practices to improve performance. Participants committed to enter water and/or waste data at least quarterly in ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager® over the 2018 and 2019 calendar years. Nearly 2,000 buildings from more than 400 cities across the US participated, representing nearly half a billion square feet of space. Results from the challenge showed that office sector participants reduced their water-use intensity by 68% and retail and food service participants reduced their waste use intensity by 81%.

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Working Together to Save Energy: Employee Engagement Strategies

Thursday, December 9, 2021 2:00 pm EST
Bring your employees together to save energy! Join us to hear from two ENERGY STAR partners and how they have successfully engaged employees in their energy management plans. Nissan will share how they educated employees about savings at home and work through a phone app, a newsletter, and videos as part of their “Save at Home! Save at Work!” campaign. JCPenney will discuss how empowering their employees with the right information on energy and environmental management, along with fostering a culture that values energy conversation and environmental stewardship, has delivered long-term sustainable results.

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America’s Most Energy Efficient Manufacturing Plants, Part 3: Bakeries

Wednesday, February 9, 2022 12:00 pm EST
The industrial sector accounts for nearly a third energy use and greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S. Improving the energy efficiency of manufacturing is a key strategy for both decarbonization and competitiveness. This webinar series will provide an inside look at how ENERGY STAR certified plants, the most energy-efficient manufacturing plants in the nation, have achieved top performance.

Humans have been baking bread for thousands of years. Fortunately, we have learned a thing or two about doing so more efficiently over time. See how Weston Foods is applying best practices in efficiency in the U.S. and abroad in their manufacturing plants. This webinar will feature:

  • Weston Foods’ ACE Gaffney, South Carolina (2 years ENERGY STAR certified) and Winnipeg, Canada commercial bakeries (3 years ENERGY STAR certified)

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US EPA ENERGY STAR Challenge for Industry

Challenge for Industry

IMPROVING ENERGY EFFICIENCY 10% AT A TIME
The ENERGY STAR Challenge for Industry is a global call-to-action for industrial sites to reduce their energy intensity by 10 percent within 5 years. Any industrial site can participate, and those that achieve this goal will earn EPA recognition.

Learn more about eligibility, participation, and recognition.


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Build Your Own Battle!

Building Your Own Battle

After several successful years hosting the ENERGY STAR National Building Competition: Battle of the Buildings, EPA is encouraging organizations like yours to build your own competition to save energy, water, or waste. Competitions can be a great way to motivate your team to find new efficiencies, engage occupants in your efforts, and multiply savings across your portfolio – all while helping the environment.

Why Build a Competition?

Competitions can help you:

  • Save energy, water, and money – and reduce waste
  • Identify best practices to leverage across your portfolio
  • Jumpstart savings that last beyond the competition
  • Work toward your sustainability goals
  • Engage your occupants and local community
  • Earn positive publicity for achievements
  • Build momentum for benchmarking and improving efficiency

Anyone Can Build a Competition

Any organization, public or private, can build an efficiency competition, including trade associations, commercial businesses, manufacturing plants, utility companies, local and state governments, schools, congregations... and the list goes on! As long as you have more than one building in your portfolio or can recruit more than one building to participate, you can build a competition.

Ready to host your own competition? We have the tools you need!!


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Celebrate ENERGY STAR Day on October 25!

ENERGY STAR Day. Celebrate October 25. Brighten a life with ENERGY STAR this October. Save Energy. Protect the Planet. Help celebrate ENERGY STAR Day by taking the ENERGY STAR Pledge, a commitment to save energy and protect the environment from climate change, and get highlighted on our website for your support of the program and its goal of educating consumers about preventing climate change. Use these free communications resources to help you promote your participation and encourage others to join. If you’re hosting energy efficiency-focused events in October – Energy Awareness Month – we also invite you to put your event on the ENERGY STARs Across America map and let us showcase your efforts through the month of October to the thousands of visitors to our website. Are you ready to change the world with ENERGY STAR?


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EPA Administrator, Chicago Archbishop: “We have a moral obligation on climate change”

On Friday, July 24, 2015, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy and Archbishop Blase J. Cupich of the Chicago Catholic Archdiocese met in Chicago to discuss climate change, the Pope’s recent environmental encyclical, and EPA’s pending Clean Power Plan. Administrator McCarthy and Archbishop Cupich also discussed the Archdiocese of Chicago’s partnership with ENERGY STAR® and efforts to improve sustainability and energy efficiency.

In an article published in the Chicago Sun-Times, McCarthy and Cupich wrote, “With this step, the Archdiocese of Chicago became the first U.S. archdiocese to commit to benchmarking and tracking its energy, water, and emissions performance. We are already seeing the results in energy savings and carbon footprint impact as creation care is promoted in communities across Lake and Cook counties. The hope is that congregations across the nation will be encouraged to join this effort to promote environmentally important behavior by way of education and education through action.”


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2015 ENERGY STAR Certification Applications Due November 16

ENERGY STAR Certified Building

Is your building among the most energy efficient in the nation? Consider applying for the ENERGY STAR! ENERGY STAR certified buildings use, on average, 35 percent less energy than similar buildings nationwide. So whether you’re interested in simply lowering your operating costs or establishing your organization as an environmental leader, you’ll find that there’s a lot of value in the ENERGY STAR.

This year you’ll have until November 16 to submit your application for 2015 certification.

Click here to learn the top Ten Reasons to Pursue ENERGY STAR Certification.


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New Features in Portfolio Manager and Data Exchange Web Services Tools

EPA released new features to its ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager® tool on August 3, including the ability for users to create reports that include more than two time periods. Checks of data quality have also been expanded to help users more easily identify and correct the underlying data issues that result in “Not Available” alerts within annual energy performance metrics. In addition, properties may be reassigned to different weather stations based on updates to the reference weather station dataset.

As part of this update, EPA also released enhancements to the Portfolio Manager data exchange web services tools. The highest impact updates include the ability for service providers that exchange data with Portfolio Manager to associate a single meter to a property, and a new capability to identify the reasons why a property is not receiving an ENERGY STAR score.

More information on the web services update is available here and additional information on the Portfolio Manager update is available here.


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Texas and Ohio Compete to be Biggest Hospital Energy Loser

It all started with a friendly taunt. “What’s a buckeye, anyway?” asked Texas. Ohio’s response: “The nut is poisonous and was used...to stun or kill fish in still water.” The Texas Association for Healthcare Facilities Management and the Ohio Hospital Association put their game faces on and the first state-versus-state energy competition was born. More than 150 hospitals will be competing in 2015 to reduce the most energy as measured by EPA’s ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager. Other state rivalries are rumored to be heating up! For information on how to start your own competition, see Battle of the Buildings. Visit www.tahfm.org for periodic updates on the OH/TX competition.


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ENERGY STAR Partner Salt Lake City Recognizes Private Sector Air Quality Improvement & Energy Savings

On July 15, EPA’s Matthew Dalbey, Director of the Office of Sustainable Communities, joined Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker and other city leaders to honor the winners of the Project Skyline Mayor’s Challenge 2015 Awards. Launched in May 2014, the multi-year competition challenges building owners across Salt Lake City to reduce citywide building energy use by 15 percent by 2020 and proactively meet—and exceed—the air quality and energy saving targets of the Mayor’s Sustainable Salt Lake – Plan 2015.

Participants in the Mayor’s Skyline Challenge are benchmarking in ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager to evaluate their buildings’ energy use, set energy savings goals, and conduct energy saving improvement projects, putting the ENERGY STAR approach to strategic energy management into practice.

The Project Skyline Mayor’s Challenge is part of a broader effort to improve building efficiency in the city. In 2014, Salt Lake City was selected as a member of the City Energy Project, a national, 10-city initiative to cut energy waste in large buildings. In February of this year, the Mayor issued an Executive Order as part of the City’s Project Skyline directing department leaders to benchmark all city-owned facilities in Portfolio Manager, make benchmarking results transparent to the public, and develop annual energy management plans.

Learn more about Salt Lake City’s Project Skyline at www.slcgov.com/projectskyline.


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Congratulations to Cenergistic, EPA’s ENERGY STAR Top Certifier

In July, EPA put out its first ever ENERGY STAR Top Certifiers list, which recognized 13 companies that each certified more than 150 facilities last year. At the top of the list was service and product provider (SPP) partner Cenergistic, which helped its customers achieve ENERGY STAR certification for a whopping 490 school buildings in 2014! You can see who else made the cut by checking out the full Top Certifiers list.

If you are interested in making improvements and achieving ENERGY STAR certification for your facilities, consider working with an ENERGY STAR SPP partner. An ENERGY STAR SPP partner can help you reduce energy costs and operating expenses and establish your organization as an environmental leader, while enhancing your employees’ productivity and job satisfaction. You can find a list of SPP partners here.

EPA also maintains a list of SPPs who have volunteered to verify applications for ENERGY STAR free of charge for K-12 schools and houses of worship.

For more information on how to achieve ENERGY STAR certification to highlight stellar management, please visit www.energystar.gov.


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EPA Publishes the Annual 2014 ENERGY STAR Snapshot

The ENERGY STAR Snapshot is an annual report that provides an at-a-glance summary of the latest national ENERGY STAR metrics to help our partners see the impact of their efforts. Specifically, the Snapshot summarizes national, state, and local trends in energy and water benchmarking of commercial and industrial properties. It also provides information about ENERGY STAR certified commercial and industrial properties, and commercial building designs. Through 2014, more than 400,000 commercial buildings have been benchmarked in Portfolio Manager, and more than 25,000 buildings have been ENERGY STAR certified. Learn more about the benchmarked and certified buildings in your city and state by downloading this report.


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Featured Certified Building: St. Anthony Hospital – Lakewood, Colorado

St. Anthony Hospital

In June, St. Anthony Hospital in Lakewood, Colo., achieved its second consecutive ENERGY STAR certification. How did they do it? Key to the hospital’s success was the formation of an energy optimization team in 2012, comprised of St. Anthony’s facility operators and managers as well as professionals from design, commissioning, and controls and construction firms. In 2013, the team implemented a number of measures which will reduce their energy use by an estimated 8 percent and save $84,000 annually.

Energy savings measures implemented in 2013 include the following:

  • Reprogrammed air flow in operating rooms to achieve variable flow – this reduces flow to the minimum flow required by code, but allows for air flow to increase quickly in response to surgery staff requests for cooler room temperatures. This measure saves fan, chilled water, and boiler energy when the extra air is no longer needed to cool the space; more than 80 percent of the occupied periods do not require extra air.
  • Administrative area occupancy scheduling – space temperature and setpoints were programmed to achieve fan and plant energy reduction during unoccupied periods.
  • Anesthetizing Area Humidity reduction – the hospital took advantage of an ASHRAE 170 change recently adopted by CMS that allows minimum humidity in anesthetizing areas to be reduced from 30 percent to 20 percent; this is a big energy saver in Colorado's dry climate


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EPA’s 2014 ENERGY STAR Battle of the Buildings: Team Challenge

Did you know? The winner of EPA’s 2014 ENERGY STAR Battle of the Buildings: Team Challenge reduced energy use by 25 percent in just one year! Read their story and others in the 2014 wrap-up report.


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EPA’s ENERGY STAR National Building Competition: Battle of the Buildings

For the sixth consecutive year, EPA’s ENERGY STAR program is hosting the National Building Competition: Battle of the Buildings to help school districts and organizations improve the energy and water efficiency of their buildings, save money, and protect the environment.

Improving energy efficiency in buildings is the single most effective way to eliminate energy waste. Energy use in commercial buildings accounts for nearly 20 percent of total U.S. greenhouse gas emissions and energy use at a cost of more than $190 billion per year. On average, 30 percent of the energy used in commercial buildings is wasted. Most of the energy used in the buildings where we work, play, and learn comes from the burning of fossil fuels at power plants, which contributes to climate change. The less energy we use, the fewer greenhouse gases we produce.


Be a Winner!

In the spirit of popular weight-loss competitions, participants from all 50 states and the District of Columbia are battling it out to see who can reduce their energy and water use the most. More than 125 teams and more than 6,500 individual competitors are measuring and tracking their building’s monthly energy and water consumption using ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager®, EPA’s online measurement and tracking tool. Many will work toward earning ENERGY STAR certification, the symbol of superior energy efficiency.

 Battle of the Buildings


EPA will recognize the overall Top Teams and Top Buildings, determined by the percentage-based reduction in energy or water use achieved between 2014 and 2015. EPA will also recognize Top Buildings by building category using the same metrics, as well as all individual and team competitors who reduce energy or water use by 20 percent or more between 2014 and 2015.

Previous competitions provided a valuable platform for organizations to test innovative approaches and technologies that can be expanded to entire building portfolios. Today, the results of previous competitions serve as a source of best practices, lessons learned, and public energy performance data that can help inform the commercial building market. Achievements of past competitors are summarized in wrap-up reports on the competition website.

EPA maintains a competition website featuring a list of competitors and their “weigh-in” results, as well as tips and links to EPA’s existing inventory of ENERGY STAR tools and resources.


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ENERGY STAR® Brand Awareness Continues to Grow

Brand Recognition Increases

May 2015, Washington, DC – Results from the National Awareness of ENERGY STAR® for 2014 are now available. Analysis of the data from the fifteenth annual Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE) household survey shows the strength of the ENERGY STAR brand by measuring label recognition, understanding, and influence on purchasing decisions.

Consortium for Energy Efficiency

Consistent adherence to the brand tenets by EPA and DOE and long-term brand promotion by members of CEE and trade allies has paid off. In 2014, 89 percent of households recognized the ENERGY STAR label when it was shown to them. This constitutes an increase of 48 percent since CEE first conducted the survey in 2000.

“This year’s survey results show that the ENERGY STAR label continues to be strongly recognized and used by the majority of Americans,” observed Kira Ashby, Program Manager with Evaluation, Research and Behavior at CEE. “This research demonstrates the continued impact efficiency program administrators have in promoting the label, and CEE members are proud to support this report.”

View report highlights or download the whole report.


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ENERGY STAR Energy Efficiency Student Toolkit for K-12 Schools

K-12 schools in the United States spend more than $8 billion every year on energy costs alone. In fact, the energy used to light classrooms and hallways, power computer labs, and heat and cool school buildings costs more than textbooks and technology combined, and more than teachers’ collective salaries. Yet as much as 30 percent of energy consumed in schools is wasted! Read the reports...


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Washington, D.C., Emerges for the First Time as Top City with the Most ENERGY STAR Certified Buildings

Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the 2015 list of top cities with the most ENERGY STAR certified buildings. For the first time since 2008, a city other than Los Angeles leads the rankings. Washington, D.C., debuted in the top spot with 480 ENERGY STAR certified buildings in 2014. These and other cities across America are seeing the important role that their buildings can play in reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

“This list shows how America’s cities are leading the nation in cutting carbon emissions and fighting climate change,” said Jean Lupinacci, chief of the ENERGY STAR Commercial & Industrial program. “By embracing energy efficiency as a simple and effective pathway to reach their sustainability goals, these cities are demonstrating the tangible benefits that result from simple, cost-effective reductions in energy use.”

2015 Top Cities Infographic


In most cities, commercial buildings are the largest source of carbon emissions. Chicago, for example, estimates that the energy used by buildings accounts for 70 percent of the city’s carbon emissions. In New York City, that figure jumps to nearly 80 percent.

To date, more than 25,000 buildings across America have earned EPA’s ENERGY STAR. These buildings have saved more than $3.4 billion on utility bills and prevented greenhouse gas emissions equal to the annual electricity use from 2.4 million homes.

Energy use in commercial buildings accounts for 17 percent of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions at a cost of more than $100 billion per year. ENERGY STAR certified office buildings cost $0.50 cents less per square foot to operate than average office buildings, and use nearly two times less energy per square foot than average office buildings. Commercial buildings that earn EPA’s ENERGY STAR must perform in the top 25 percent of similar buildings nationwide and must be independently verified by a licensed professional engineer or a registered architect. ENERGY STAR certified buildings use an average of 35 percent less energy and are responsible for 35 percent less carbon dioxide emissions than typical buildings. Many types of commercial buildings can earn the ENERGY STAR, including office buildings, K-12 schools, hotels, and retail stores.

ENERGY STAR® is the simple choice for energy efficiency. For more than 20 years, people across America have looked to EPA’s ENERGY STAR program for guidance on how to save energy, save money, and protect the environment. Behind each blue label is a product, building, or home that is independently certified to use less energy and cause fewer of the emissions that contribute to climate change. Today, ENERGY STAR is the most widely recognized symbol for energy efficiency in the world, helping families and businesses save $300 billion on utility bills, while reducing greenhouse gas emissions by two billion metric tons since 1992. Join the millions who are already making a difference at energystar.gov.

More on the 2015 top cities: www.energystar.gov/topcities

More on ENERGY STAR certified buildings: www.energystar.gov/buildinglist

More on earning ENERGY STAR certification for commercial and industrial buildings


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