ENERGY STAR Certification for Buildings

Did you know that your building can earn ENERGY STAR certification just like a refrigerator or light bulb?

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ENERGY STAR certified buildings save energy, save money, and help protect the environment by generating fewer greenhouse gas emissions than typical buildings. To be certified as ENERGY STAR, a building must meet strict energy performance standards set by EPA. 

Specifically, to be eligible for ENERGY STAR certification, a building must earn an ENERGY STAR score of 75 or higher on EPA’s 1 – 100 scale, indicating that it performs better than at least 75 percent of similar buildings nationwide. This 1 – 100 ENERGY STAR score is based on the actual, measured energy use of a building and is calculated within EPA’s ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager tool. The score accounts for differences in operating conditions, regional weather data, and other important considerations. Learn more about how the 1 – 100 ENERGY STAR score is calculated.

Certification Is Annual and Verified by a Third-Party

Certification is given on an annual basis, so a building must maintain its high performance to be certified year to year. And the information submitted in the certification application must be verified by a licensed Professional Engineer (PE) or Registered Architect (RA) to be eligible for approval.

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ENERGY STAR Certified Building Locator

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Use our online locator tool to find ENERGY STAR certified buildings across the country.

How Much Do ENERGY STAR Buildings Save?

Compared with its peers, an ENERGY STAR certified office building:

  • Uses 35% less energy
  • Generates 35% fewer greenhouse gas emissions
  • Costs $0.54 less per square foot to operate
  • Has higher rental and occupancy rates

Enter your zip code to find Licensed Professionals that have verified properties near you for ENERGY STAR certification.

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