EPA’s ENERGY STAR + Architecture 2030: Reducing the carbon footprint of commercial buildings
EPA is excited to partner with long-time allies Architecture 2030 and American Institute of Architects (AIA) to help A/E firms and building owners set targets to meet CO2 reduction goals. EPA’s ENERGY STAR Target Finder and Portfolio Manager tools can help architects establish targets and evaluate the performance of their design projects. Many of the commercial building projects that meet Architecture 2030 and AIA 2030 Commitment goals may also be eligible to receive Designed to Earn the ENERGY STAR recognition from EPA. By achieving Designed to Earn the ENERGY STAR, these projects are distinguished for the superior energy efficiency of their building design.
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.
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Important activities and dates
In the coming months, we will host a series of training webinars on ENERGY STAR’s Target Finder and Portfolio Managers tools and their interoperability with the new AIA portal. The training will also show you how to establish EUI targets for AIA’s 2030 Commitment and how to apply for Designed to Earn the ENERGY STAR recognition for your projects.
Helpful tools & resources
Apply for Designed to Earn the ENERGY STAR (design projects)