You can use Portfolio Manager to measure and track the energy use of any commercial or industrial building. However, for certain types of buildings, you can go a step further and rate their energy performance on EPA’s ENERGY STAR 1-100 energy performance scale relative to similar buildings nationwide. Buildings that achieve an ENERGY STAR energy performance score of 75 or higher—meaning they are in the top 25 percent for energy efficiency in the nation compared with similar buildings—and are professionally verified to meet current indoor environment standards are eligible to apply for the ENERGY STAR.
ENERGY STAR certified buildings typically use 35 percent less energy than average buildings and cost 50 cents less per square foot to operate. They also have higher occupancy rates, increased asset value, and lower carbon emissions. Displaying the ENERGY STAR plaque conveys superior energy performance and a commitment to using resources responsibly to tenants, customers, and employees. Highlighting the ENERGY STAR certified buildings in your portfolio also sends a positive message to lenders, appraisers, owners, investors, and potential tenants or customers.
To be eligible to receive a national ENERGY STAR score, your building must meet all three of these requirements:
Once you have determined if your building is eligible for the ENERGY STAR and reviewed other relevant requirements, follow these five steps to apply for the ENERGY STAR.
ENERGY STAR Certification for Buildings
c/o The Cadmus Group, Inc.
1555 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 300
Arlington, VA 22209
NOTE: The ENERGY STAR is awarded for a specific year. A building that has earned the ENERGY STAR becomes eligible to reapply one year after the last energy data included in the SEP submitted as part of the previous year's application. EPA conducts periodic reviews on randomly selected ENERGY STAR certified buildings to monitor that all standards are met.