Updates to ENERGY STAR® metrics with new market data

In August 2018, EPA updated performance metrics for U.S. buildings in ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager® based on the most recent market data available. This update is part of EPA’s standard process to keep ENERGY STAR metrics as current as possible, and reflective of current market performance. At this time, the 1–100 ENERGY STAR scores and other source energy metrics for were updated for U.S. buildings benchmarking in Portfolio Manager across all time periods to reflect the latest performance metrics.

This update was followed by a score review period for U.S. K-12 schools, worship facilities, warehouse properties, hotels, offices, retail stores, and supermarkets, during which EPA engaged industry to get feedback, conduct additional analysis, and ensure the score models deliver metrics that support organizations' energy efficiency goals. Certification was temporarily suspended and resumed on a rolling basis as EPA finalized its analysis for each score model. In July 2019, EPA concluded the score review period and certification resumed for all eligible U.S. building types.

Note that none of these changes impacted Canadian buildings.

Details about EPA’s analysis and key findings for each of the models are available for download:

ENERGY STAR® certification open for all eligible U.S. building types

Model     

Certification Available

Hotel

Currently available for 2018 & 2019

K-12 schools  

Currently available for 2018 & 2019

Office

Currently available for 2018 & 2019

Supermarket

Currently available for 2018 & 2019

Retail

Currently available for 2018 & 2019

Warehouse & distribution centers

Currently available for 2018 & 2019

Worship facility

Currently available for 2018 & 2019

Certification will be available for 2018 and 2019 through year-end

As certification is reinstated on a rolling basis, we are instituting flexibility in our application deadlines to allow you to earn both a 2018 and 2019 certification this year, based on the period end date. To learn more, read the FAQs below or join an informational webinar.

What about state and local reporting deadlines?

Many of you will need to report your scores soon to comply with state and local benchmarking laws. We’ve been in touch with our contacts at the state and local governments, and have come up with the following plan:

  1. You should still plan to follow your jurisdiction’s reporting guidelines.

  2. If, as a result of the score model review, any of your ENERGY STAR-calculated metrics change after they’ve been submitted, we will work with state or local governments at their request to update these metrics automatically, with no action being required on your part. You will be notified before this happens.

Thank you

Your collaboration and engagement during the review process have served to strengthen our partnership and ensure that ENERGY STAR continues to deliver the best outcomes for the environment and for business.

Read frequently asked questions

EPA has a dedicated section of frequently asked questions about the 2018 metric updates in the ENERGY STAR Buildings help desk. If your question is not among the FAQs, submit a question by clicking the “Ask a Question” tab. 

List of 1-100 ENERGY STAR scores and technical details

The table below provides a quick overview of 1–100 ENERGY STAR scores that were updated, a link to the technical reference, a link to the technical webinar, if available, and data source summary.

Space Type

Link to Slides and Webinar Recording

New Use Details Added in August 2018?

Release Date(s)

Source of Data

Collection Date(s)

Hotel

August 2017: Updated 1-100 ENERGY STAR Score for Hotels (PDF, 5.6 MB)

Listen to the recorded webinar here.

No

*2018

2009

2002

CBECS

CBECS

Industry Survey

2012

2003

1999

K-12 School

April 2017: K-12 School: Progress of ENERGY STAR Score Update (PDF, 1.0 MB)

Listen to the recorded webinar here.

Number of workers on main shift (Existed previously, but now required)

*2018

2009

2004

2000

CBECS

CBECS

CBECS

CBECS

2012

2003

1999

1995

Office (including financial office, bank branch, and courthouse)

Listen to the recorded webinar here.

May 2016: Office ENERGY STAR Score Update Plans (PDF, 253 KB) Listen to the recorded webinar here.

No

**2019

*2018

2007

2004

1999

CBECS

CBECS

CBECS

CBECS

CBECS

2012

2012

2003

1999

1995

Retail (including retail store and wholesale club/ supercenter)

May 2016: Retail ENERGY STAR Score Update Plans (PDF, 222 KB)


Listen to the recorded webinar here.

No

*2018

2007

CBECS

CBECS

2012

2003

Supermarket

May 2016: Retail ENERGY STAR Score Update Plans (PDF, 222 KB)

Listen to the recorded webinar here.

Number of Open or Closed Refrigeration/ Freezer Units (Existed previously, but now required)

*2018

2008

2001

CBECS

CBECS

CBECS

2012

1999 & 2003

1992 & 1995

Warehouse (including refrigerated, non-refrigerated, and distribution centers)

January 2018: Updated 1-100 ENERGY STAR Score for Warehouses (PDF, 1.9 MB)

Listen to the recorded webinar here.

Percentage of gross floor area used for cold storage (New as of August)

Percent that can be cooled and Percent that can be heated (refrigerated warehouse)

(New as of August)

*2018

2009

2004

CBECS

CBECS

CBECS

2012

2003

1999

Worship Facility

January 2018: Updated 1-100 ENERGY STAR Score for Worship Facilities (PDF, 1.3 MB)

Listen to the recorded webinar here.

Gross floor area used for food preparation (New as of August)

Percent that can be cooled and Percent that can be heated

(New as of August)

*2018

2009

CBECS

CBECS

2012

2003

*Implemented August 26, 2018.

**Implemented July 22, 2019

For slides and recordings of all webinars related to the 2018 metric updates that have been held since planning began in 2014, visit 2018 ENERGY STAR metric updates: All webinar recordings.

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Live webinars

Visit the ENERGY STAR training portal to register for a no-cost webinar about the upcoming ENERGY STAR metric updates or an “Ask the Expert” session.  

Frequently asked questions

Visit the ENERGY STAR Buildings help desk to read FAQs about the upcoming updates to ENERGY STAR metrics or to submit a question.

What is the 1-100 ENERGY STAR score and certification for buildings?