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Why Use ENERGY STAR in C&I Programs?

Energy efficiency program sponsors are increasingly interested in strategies that help them achieve greater energy savings and provide a way to promote whole building energy performance within their program portfolio. ENERGY STAR's whole building approach for buildings and plants can provide such a platform. By incorporating O&M improvement opportunities and behavioral change, and identifying savings from interactions between building systems, the whole building approach delivers savings that prescriptive measures alone may fail to capture.

The ENERGY STAR partnership experience demonstrates that senior management commitment is essential for making energy efficiency a priority in an organization. The 1 – 100 ENERGY STAR score speaks effectively to key decision-makers, providing a quantitative metric to encourage improved energy management and capital investment in energy-efficient technologies.

Leveraging ENERGY STAR can result in more cost-effective programs and greater savings over the long term. ENERGY STAR offers program sponsors:

  • A successful business strategy for promoting whole building energy performance.
  • Access to an ENERGY STAR score, calculated via EPA's ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager®, which signifies the building’s energy performance compared to similar buildings nationwide—and often motivates energy efficiency improvements.
  • Proven tools and resources for specific customer sectors (e.g. commercial office buildings, hospitality, and healthcare).
  • Resources and recognition to support ongoing improvement. EPA certifies top performing buildings — those earning an ENERGY STAR score of 75 or higher.

Buildings representing several billion square feet of space have benchmarked energy performance using Portfolio Manager, and thousands of commercial buildings have earned the ENERGY STAR certification designating superior energy performance. View the ENERGY STAR snapshot for the latest national and state metrics showing ENERGY STAR's impact on the C&I sector.

Program sponsors can also advance their program interests by helping customers participate in new community initiatives, including local or state energy policy requirements. Energy benchmarking is a common element among many of these initiatives that frequently leverage Portfolio Manager. In some regions, legislation is driving the use of Portfolio Manager and may contain requirements for utilities and other program sponsors. Stay current on state and local legislation incorporating the 1 – 100 ENERGY STAR score.

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