Read this paper, by researches at UCLA, Maastricht University, and UC Berkeley, to learn about the electricity consumption of commercial buildings. The paper looks at a large sample of buildings from California over a 10-year period. The paper discusses the impact of structure quality on electricity consumption, and also explores the role that tenant behavior and tenant incentives play in determining a building’s environmental performance.

Since the first ENERGY STAR certified building in 1999, ENERGY STAR has worked to bring thousands of organizations in the commercial building marketplace to the forefront of energy efficiency and climate stewardship. This report gives an overview of the first decade of the program from 1999-2009, includes many photos of interesting buildings, and provides brief case studies of notable ENERGY STAR certified properties.

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Read this report from A Better City and Meister Consultants Group, Inc., on behalf of the Boston Green Ribbon Commission’s Commercial Real Estate Working Group, to learn about the benchmarking and disclosure policies that are becoming a trend in major cities across America. This report summarizes lessons learned from the first U.S. cities to implement benchmarking and disclosure programs with interviews from city representatives as well as members of the federal government.

This wrap-up report takes a look at ENERGY STAR's second annual National Building Competition. In the 2011 competition, 245 contestants saved a combined total of more than 240 million kBtus of energy and $5.2 million on their annual utility bills, and prevented greenhouse gas emissions equal to the electricity used by more than 3,600 homes a year. University of Central Florida, Parking Garage C took home first place in 2011. Filled with photos, tips, and ideas, this easy-to-read report will get your creative juices flowing.

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Federal agencies and state and local governments across the country are taking important steps to protect the environment and lower energy costs by adopting policies that leverage EPA’s ENERGY STAR tools to reduce energy use in commercial buildings, through both required policy measures and voluntary campaigns. This document provides a summary of federal, state, and local efforts that refer to ENERGY STAR tools.

This document describes the data and analysis used to update the ENERGY STAR Energy Performance Indicator (EPI) for wet corn mills. The paper also compares the results of the original 1997 EPI with the updated analysis which is useful to someone who is interested in how the industry has changed during the last decade. The first section describes the data and the analysis used for the update. The second section compares the two models to show how the energy performance of this industry has changed over time.

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The Portfolio Manager DataTrends series is the first-ever analysis of aggregate data stored within ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager, pulled from a pool of hundreds of thousands of commercial buildings across the United States. This fact sheet -- Energy Use in Retail Stores -- examines how retail stores use energy, as well as the characteristics of the stores currently benchmarking in Portfolio Manager. Other statistics are also presented in an easy-to-read format.

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This report describes the work of EPA and the food processing industry to develop an Energy Performance Indicator (EPI) for food processing plants and explains how EPA's ENERGY STAR program uses EPIs to encourage industries to voluntarily improve their energy use. The report describes the data and statistical methods used to construct the EPI for the following food procession plants: juice, frozen fried potatoes, tomato products, and cook and cracker bakeries. The equations are presented with instructions for using them in an associated Excel spreadsheet.

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This report describes the data and statistical methods used to construct the Energy Performance Indicator (EPI) for cement manufacturing plants. It also explains how the EPI was developed to provide a plant-level indicator of energy efficiency by working with the cement manufacturing industry. This report is useful if you would like background information on how EPA's ENERGY STAR Cement Manufacturing Plant EPI was developed. The report presents the individual equations used to develop the EPI, as well as instructions for using them in an associated Excel spreadsheet.

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This report describes the data and statistical methods used to construct the Energy Performance Indicator (EPI) for glass manufacturing plants. It also explains how the EPI was developed to provide a plant-level indicator of energy efficiency by working with the glass manufacturing industry. This report is useful if you would like background information on how EPA's ENERGY STAR Glass Manufacturing Plant EPI was developed. The report presents the individual equations used to develop the EPI, as well as instructions for using them in an associated Excel spreadsheet.

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