What is an Energy Star Certified Building?

April 12th, 2014

Buildings that achieve Energy Star must meet rigorous program standards developed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and are designed to operate at a higher performance. The end result: A building that is more energy efficient, comfortable, healthier, valuable and better protects our resources.

The climate is changing.
Commercial buildings in the United States consume 21 percent of the nation’s energy at a cost of more than $100 billion per year. They also generate 21 percent of the United States’ greenhouse gas emissions, which contribute to climate change.

Your industry is changing, too.
Now for some good news: By 2035, 75 percent of all buildings will be new or renovated. That means there is an enormous opportunity to ensure that the buildings of the future are more efficient than ever. In fact, in the United States, the green share of the nonresidential construction market grew from two percent in 2005 to 44 percent in 2012. The same study of architects, engineers, contractors, owners, and consultants also shows that:

  • 53 percent of U.S. firms expect to be dedicated to green building by 2015;
  • 63 percent of firms surveyed have new green commercial projects planned;
  • 45 percent have plans for new green institutional projects;
  • and 50 percent have plans for green renovation work.

You can be an environmental leader in your community.
By achieving Energy Star certification, you signal to the market that your building design is intended to perform in the top 25-50 percent of the nation’s most energy-efficient buildings. Use it to raise expectations and awareness of energy efficiency in your industry.

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