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A Practical Guide to ENERGY STAR Excellence

  • October 24, 2017
  • Josh Schubert
A Practical Guide to ENERGY STAR Excellence

A Practical Guide to ENERGY STAR Excellence

ENERGY STAR for commercial buildings is a partnership between the EPA and Department of Energy that helps businesses save by adopting practices that lead to superior energy efficiency. ENERGY STAR’s online measuring and tracking tool, Portfolio Manager, lets building owners benchmark and manage the energy, water, and waste consumption of any property. The online tool can be used to establish the baseline performance of a single building or an entire portfolio of buildings.

Portfolio Manager’s benchmarking and scoring delivers the information and tools that organizations need to put energy-efficient solutions and best practices into place, while an ENERGY STAR certification demonstrates an organization’s leadership and commitment to reducing energy and greenhouse gas emissions. Both new and existing buildings can be tracked and evaluated by Portfolio Manager and are able to apply for ENERGY STAR certifications once their efficiency level is high enough to achieve the required score of 75.

Wondering if ENERGY STAR is right for you?

Consider this:

  • “Commercial and industrial buildings account for nearly half of all energy consumption in the US, and up to 30% of that is wasted through inefficiencies”, the EPA says.
  • According to the EPA, commercial buildings that regularly benchmark their energy performance with Portfolio Manager cut their energy bills by 7% over three years. For a 500,000 sqft. office building, that’s a cumulative cost savings of $120,000 and an increase in asset value of over $1 million.
  • On average, ENERGY STAR-certified buildings use 35% less energy and contribute 35% fewer greenhouse gas emissions than similar buildings.
  • In 2015 alone, ENERGY STAR-certified buildings saved $1.7 billion, or an average of more than $250,000 per building.
  • Since 1999, more than 25,000 buildings have earned ENERGY STAR certifications.

Did we get your attention? Interested in reporting to ENERGY STAR? Or maybe already reporting, but need to boost your performance?

Whether you’re new to the ENERGY STAR game or a seasoned veteran, this practical guide can help. Read along to learn some best practices for optimizing your portfolio’s performance and strategies to ensure you’re reporting at your best.

Reach for the Stars

Josh Schubert

Josh joined Goby in 2009 and has focused on LEED and ENERGY STAR Certifications as well as research and development of our SaaS platform and new technologies. His projects include building information data acquisition and presentation, and normalization of technical data.

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