Commercial New Construction

New buildings are not inherently energy efficient, but they can be top performers if energy efficiency is prioritized during the design phase. This early phase is when many of the factors that contribute to future energy performance get locked in. A small tweak to design plans could result in significant energy and cost savings down the line.

You can specify and deliver commercial building designs that prevent carbon emissions, save money and reduce energy use well into the future by having your next project recognized by EPA for achieving Designed to Earn the ENERGY STAR.

Here are four things to know about designing your buildings to earn the ENERGY STAR:

  1. It helps establish a defined energy goal.

    Designing to achieve the ENERGY STAR helps you set an energy target at the start of design that’s attainable, easy to communicate, and understood by all parties. The metrics used to evaluate energy design strategies are the same as those used measure energy performance for the operating building, making it easy to know if the building is operating as intended.
  2. It provides EPA recognition and 3rd party verification.

    Your next design can be verified and recognized by EPA when you apply for Designed to Earn the ENERGY STAR. This recognition distinguishes your project as meeting EPA’s strict criteria for energy efficiency and show investors, stakeholders, and the public that it’s intended to perform among the nation’s top 25 percent of buildings.
  3. It complements sustainability and energy benchmarking initiatives.

    Are you pursuing other green building certifications? Do you need to meet energy benchmarking disclosure requirements? Let ENERGY STAR help with tools that provide whole-building energy performance targets and provide a more comprehensive energy profile for your projects.
  4. It guides energy performance from start to finish.

    EPA’s Target Finder and Portfolio Manager tools can help you evaluate energy strategies during the design process, as well as track energy performance once the building is in operation.
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ENERGY STAR Design Guide

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Learn how to set an energy target, evaluate strategies, document intent, and earn recognition.

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See projects that have achieved Designed to Earn the ENERGY STAR recognition