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

But you don’t have to take our word for it. Academic and industry research supports the value of certifying your building as ENERGY STAR. Below is a summary of several studies that evaluated the added market value of ENERGY STAR certified buildings.

Chart showing price advantages of ENERGY STAR labeled buildings

Source: Benchmarking and Disclosure: Lessons from Leading Cities, based on data from the Institute for Market Transformation.

Benchmarking adds value too.

Even if your building isn’t eligible to be certified as ENERGY STAR, benchmarking still adds value. In fact, buildings that consistently benchmark energy use save an average of 2.4 percent per year. These findings from EPA’s Data Trends series are based on data from more than 100,000 buildings that benchmarked energy use in ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager.

Check out these and other research and reports in the Tools & Resources library to learn more.