ENERGY STAR Challenge for Architects

Legacy Tower

EPA’s ENERGY STAR + Architecture 2030: Reducing the carbon footprint of commercial buildings

EPA is excited to partner with long-time ally Architecture 2030 to help A/E firms and building owners set targets to meet CO2 reduction goals. Many commercial building projects that meet Architecture 2030 goals may also be eligible to receive recognition from EPA for achieving Designed to Earn the ENERGY STAR. These projects will be featured in the ENERGY STAR Gallery at the 2014 AIA National Convention in Chicago, June 26 – 28.


Project Name: Legacy Tower
Architect of Record: HKS
Building Owner: TC/P Legacy Tower I, LLC
Percent Energy/CO2 Reduced: 52%

Getting started

First, find out if your commercial building projects meet ENERGY STAR + Architecture 2030 goals. 

Commercial new construction projects: A/E firms determine if annual estimated energy use for design projects can achieve Designed to Earn the ENERGY STAR by using EPA’s online Target Finder or Portfolio Manager tools. Your projects are eligible if they receive an ENERGY STAR 1 – 100 score of 75 or higher. The tools will also show your percent energy reduction, allowing you to determine if your project also meets the 2030 goal. See projects and A/E firms that have already achieved Designed to Earn the ENERGY STAR.

Existing commercial properties: Architecture 2030 Districts can participate by encouraging property owners to benchmark their buildings’ energy use in Portfolio Manager.  All commercial properties that earn ENERGY STAR certification and meet the Architecture 2030 target will be highlighted in the ENERGY STAR gallery.  Learn more about ENERGY STAR certification for buildings.

Architecture 2030 goal

The Architecture 2030 Challenge

Important activities and dates

Meet Up at ENERGY STAR® Gallery
Date    Thursday, June 26, 2014
Time   1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Where  AIA National Convention, Chicago, IL
Location  McCormick Place: South Bldg. – Level 3, Exhibit Hall A1, Gallery #9

Come and meet EPA, AIA, Architecture 2030 personnel and fellow architects at the Gallery.  See projects that achieved EPA’s Designed to Earn the ENERGY STAR and meet Architecture 2030 Challenge targets.

Twitter:  @EnergyStarBldgs; #ES14AIA

Helpful tools & resources

Target Finder

Portfolio Manager

Apply for Designed to Earn the ENERGY STAR (design projects)

How to Apply for Designed to Earn the ENERGY STAR (pdf)

How to Apply for ENERGY STAR certification for existing properties (pdf)


Portfolio Manager for existing properties

Using EPA’s Target Finder/Portfolio Manager for Commercial New Construction Projects