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November 15 is the deadline to apply for 2017 ENERGY STAR Certification!

Time is running out to apply for 2017 ENERGY STAR certification! The deadline to apply is November 15. Here are some helpful links:

  1. Download instructions for how to apply for ENERGY STAR certification
  2. Read 10 reasons to certify your building as ENERGY STAR

ENERGY STAR certification is free, but your application will need to be verified by a professional engineer or registered architect. You can use an in-house PE or RA, or hire someone (he or she may charge a fee for this service, typically $1,000 - $1,500).

  1. Find PEs or RAs nearby who can verify your application
  2. Have a PE or RA on staff? Give them these instructions to follow.

And remember, studies have shown that ENERGY STAR certified buildings:

  • Have lower operating costs
  • Are more marketable
  • Command higher rental rates
  • Have increased asset value
  • Contribute fewer greenhouse gas emissions to the environment

And check out this graph showing the added market value of ENERGY STAR certified buildings.

There is simply no better way to demonstrate to your customers, investors, employees, and other stakeholders that you are saving energy, saving money, and protecting the environment.

Log in to your Portfolio Manager account today to apply!

By Beth Gucciardi | | Read more

ENERGY STAR score for Multi-family Housing - Now Available

The ENERGY STAR Score for Multifamily Housing applies to buildings that contain 20 or more residential living units. The objective of the ENERGY STAR score is to provide a fair assessment of the energy performance of a property relative to its peers, taking into account the climate, weather, and business activities at the property. To identify the aspects of building activity that are significant drivers of energy use and then normalize for those factors, a statistical analysis of the peer building population is performed. The result of this analysis is an equation that will predict the energy use of a property, based on its experienced business activities. The energy use prediction for a building is compared to its actual energy use to yield a 1 to 100 percentile ranking of performance, relative to the national population.
  • Property Types. The ENERGY STAR score for multifamily housing applies to residential buildings that contain 20 or more residential living units. The score applies to individual buildings as well as properties with multiple buildings.
  • Reference Data. The analysis for multifamily housing is based on survey data from an industry survey conducted by the Federal National Mortgage Association (“Fannie Mae”).
  • Adjustments for Weather and Business Activity. The analysis includes adjustments for:
    • Number of Units
    • Number of Bedrooms Per Unit
    • Weather and Climate (using Heating and Cooling Degree Days, retrieved based on Zip code)
    • Percentage of units located in Low-Rise buildings
Download more information about the ENERGY STAR Score for Multifamily Housing in the United States here.
By Beth Gucciardi | | Read more

2017 ENERGY STAR Top Cities

EPA's annual Top Cities list shows which metro areas were home to the most ENERGY STAR certified buildings in the previous year. These regions continue to make impressive strides in cutting American energy bills and pollution through energy efficiency. Their efforts contribute to stronger economies, healthier communities, and cleaner air for all of us.

Did you know...?

ENERGY STAR certified buildings are verified to be more energy efficient than 75% of similar buildings nationwide. Thanks to their efficiency, they use an average of 35% less energy than typical buildings, and cause 35% fewer greenhouse gas emissions.

More than 30,000 diverse buildings have earned the ENERGY STAR since 1999, ranging from the Chrysler Building to a small elementary school near the Alaskan wilderness. Together, these buildings have saved more than $4 billion on utility bills and prevented greenhouse gas emissions equal to the annual electricity use of 2.9 million homes. 

Last year, 7,500 bldgs earned the ENERGY STAR. They saved $1.8 billion, plus 7.9 metric tons of GHGs! 

See which 25 cities had the most ENERGY STAR certified buildings last year. 

 

By Beth Gucciardi | | Read more

Updates

  • November 15 is the deadline to apply for 2017 ENERGY STAR Certification!

    Time is running out to apply for 2017 ENERGY STAR certification! The deadline to apply is November 15. Here are some helpful links: Download instructions for how to apply for ENERGY STAR certification Read 10 reasons to certify your building... read more

  • ENERGY STAR score for Multi-family Housing - Now Available

    The ENERGY STAR Score for Multifamily Housing applies to buildings that contain 20 or more residential living units. The objective of the ENERGY STAR score is to provide a fair assessment of the energy performance of a property relative to... read more

  • 2017 ENERGY STAR Top Cities

    EPA's annual Top Cities list shows which metro areas were home to the most ENERGY STAR certified buildings in the previous year. These regions continue to make impressive strides in cutting American energy bills and pollution through energy efficiency. Their... read more

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