ENERGY STAR Update
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Friday, March 20, 2015
Over 10,000 Multifamily High-Rise Units Have Earned the ENERGY STAR Label
The U.S. EPA announces that more than 10,000 multifamily high-rise housing units in 103 new buildings have earned the ENERGY STAR label. In 2014 alone, more than 2,000 multifamily high-rise units in 23 new buildings were certified.
“Communities, renters and businesses all benefit when multifamily units are built more efficiently,” said Jonathan Passe, Director of ENERGY STAR’s residential programs. “When these units use less energy, they also increase comfort, lower costs for renters, and help prevent greenhouse gas emissions, making it a win-win for public health, the economy, and the environment.”
New and substantially rehabilitated multifamily high-rise units first became eligible to earn ENERGY STAR certification in 2011 and are designed to be at least 15 percent more efficient than the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) energy use standard. New and substantially rehabilitated low-rise units have been eligible to earn the ENERGY STAR since 1995 and must be at least 15 percent more efficient than units built to the 2009 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC). When combined with multifamily low-rise units, more than 122,000 multifamily housing units have been certified to date. Together, the ENERGY STAR certified multifamily programs support the President’s Climate Action Plan by giving property owners the opportunity to increase asset value while offering tenants more efficient, affordable, and comfortable homes.
ENERGY STAR is the simple choice for energy efficiency. For more than 20 years, people in America have looked to EPA’s ENERGY STAR program for guidance on how to save energy, save money, and protect the environment. Behind each blue label is a product, building, or home that is independently certified to use less energy and cause fewer of the emissions that contribute to climate change. Today, ENERGY STAR is the most widely recognized symbol for energy efficiency in the world, helping families and businesses save $300 billion on utility bills, while reducing carbon pollution by two billion metric tons since 1992. Join the millions who are already making a difference at energystar.gov.