ENERGY STAR, best known for its resources to measure energy use in commercial buildings, now has a resource to help determine if building design projects meet EPA criteria for energy efficiency. The new Designed to Earn the ENERGY STAR Guide helps architecture firms, building owners, and real estate developers design and operate buildings that perform among the best in the nation.
The Designed to Earn the ENERGY STAR Guide is a one-stop, online resource that provides a framework for energy-efficient sustainable design. The guide explains how to incorporate energy throughout the integrated design process, set energy use targets, and rate the estimated energy use of design projects. It also provides information for building owners who want to participate in setting energy goals for design projects and operate the building to qualify for the ENERGY STAR label.