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Energy Star Certifications

ENERGY STAR certified buildings and plants cost less to operate and help protect the environment. On average, these buildings use 35 percent less energy and cause 35 percent fewer greenhouse gas emissions than comparable buildings across the country. Academic studies also show that ENERGY STAR certified buildings are more valuable — commanding higher rents and sale prices, among other benefits.

To earn ENERGY STAR certification, a facility must operate among the top 25 percent of similar facilities nationwide, with no sacrifices in comfort or quality. Starting with the first ENERGY STAR certified building in 1999, tens of thousands of buildings and plants across America have already earned EPA’s ENERGY STAR for superior energy performance.


How to earn the ENERGY STAR for your building or plant

Currently, 21 types of facilities can earn the ENERGY STAR. Commercial buildings start by entering their utility bill data and building information into Portfolio Manager, EPA’s free online tool for measuring and tracking energy use, water use, and greenhouse gas emissions. Industrial plants start by entering key plant operating data into another set of free tools, called Energy Performance Indicators.

Both tools calculate a 1 – 100 ENERGY STAR score. Facilities that score a 75 or higher are eligible to apply for ENERGY STAR certification. Before facilities can earn the ENERGY STAR, a professional engineer or registered architect must verify that the information contained within the certification application is accurate.

Earn the ENERGY STAR for your facility!


Coming soon to a location near you

ENERGY STAR certified buildings and plants are located in all 50 states and come in all shapes and sizes. Some are world-famous skyscrapers. Others are locally owned small businesses. Each is making an impact in the fight against climate change.

They’re also growing in number. Since the first building earned the ENERGY STAR in 1999, tens of thousands of additional buildings have followed in its lower-carbon footprints. Will your building be next?


2017 ENERGY STAR® Certification

Value-Added Service Type: Profit-Generating

Best For:

  • Efficient buildings with a current benchmark score of 75 or above.

What You Get:

  • ENERGY STAR® Plaque or Window Decal.
  • Listing on the ENERGY STAR® registry of certified buildings.
  • Annual Energy Benchmark Compliance.


Multiple studies have shown that having a green building certification, such as ENERGY STAR, will help:

  • Increase occupancy & retention rates
  • Increase rent prices & asset value
  • Make your building more marketable


The value of ENERGY STAR certification

Studies have shown that ENERGY STAR certified buildings:

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

ENERGY STAR for existing buildings


Save energy. Save money. Cut greenhouse gas emissions. And get world-class support along the way.

These are just a few of the reasons to follow EPA’s proven approach to improving the energy efficiency of your existing building. No matter what type of commercial or institutional building you own or manage, EPA has tools and resources to help you save energy.

And by taking a comprehensive approach to energy management with ENERGY STAR, you’ll maximize your savings.

Get green building certification

A building can’t be green unless it’s energy-efficient. And ENERGY STAR is the government-backed program for certifying energy-efficient buildings. That’s why green building rating systems across the nation include ENERGY STAR. Whether you’re pursuing Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), Green Globes, or the U.S. Guiding Principles for High Performance and Sustainable Buildings, ENERGY STAR certification will ensure your building uses less energy and leaves a smaller carbon footprint.

ENERGY STAR is the symbol of financial performance plus environmental performance. Through ENERGY STAR, EPA makes it easy for you to differentiate your organization’s achievements with objective, government-backed benchmarks. Use it to make your financial and sustainability leadership stand out from the rest.


Benefits of ENERGY STAR Certification

ENERGY STAR labeled office buildings provide benefits in several key areas:

Direct energy savings

ENERGY STAR labeled office buildings are one-third more energy efficient than average U.S. office buildings, and have annual energy bills that are, on average, at least $0.50 per square foot lower per year, or 35 percent lower than the average building.

An important benefit from energy efficiency is direct energy savings, resulting in lower energy bills.

ENERGY STAR labeled buildings, when compared to an analogous subset from the national stock, were found to use 40 percent less energy.


Persistence of energy performance and savings

The energy performance of ENERGY STAR labeled office buildings improves over the first several years, and these savings persist. Buildings that earned the ENERGY STAR label in six consecutive years are 20 percent more energy efficient in the sixth year than in the first year labeled.


Higher occupancy trend

Managers of Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) with large ENERGY STAR portfolios confirm that both tenant comfort and occupancy are higher in their ENERGY STAR labeled buildings.


Increased asset value trend

Reliably persistent energy performance makes it more likely that the higher net operating income from energy cost savings will be recognized through higher building valuation. Experienced managers of large portfolios of ENERGY STAR labeled buildings interviewed for the study confirm that ENERGY STAR helps increase building value.


Additional benefits

In addition to the benefits examined in this study, energy-efficient buildings contribute to lower emissions, reduced exposure to volatile fuel prices, and savings in operations and maintenance costs.

Each of these key findings is discussed in more detail below. In addition, analysis of the data provides some insight into the characteristics of the best-performing ENERGY STAR labeled buildings.


Better operations and maintenance

Better performing buildings—such as ENERGY STAR labeled buildings—tend to be more actively managed and feature better operations and maintenance procedures.

Peak load, demand charges, and tiered rate structure savings.

New utility pricing schemes that better reflect delivered (peak) electricity costs can be more easily mitigated with a properly configured EMCS. ENERGY STAR labeled buildings that feature EMCS can realize additional savings under such schemes


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