Does your organization help building owners improve energy performance? Whether you’re new to the ENERGY STAR® program or an experienced ENERGY STAR service and product provider (SPP) looking for ways to get the most out your partnership with EPA, the ENERGY STAR SPP partnership roadmap can help. The roadmap is based off successful initiatives taken by ENERGY STAR Award winners and can help you identify best practices and suggestions both for helping your clients save energy and cut costs, and helping your business grow. Download the SPP partnership roadmap to keep track of your organization’s progress, and find the key steps and resources highlighted below.
Help your clients set performance targets by establishing goals for energy performance and emissions reductions. Then, create plans to improve energy performance that reflect the portfolio-wide strategic approach found in the ENERGY STAR Guidelines for Energy Management. Also use ENERGY STAR financial calculators to help communicate the financial value of improved energy performance.
Once an energy performance plan has been established, help your clients measure and track energy performance over time using ENERGY STAR metrics. Calculate energy savings and emissions reductions, and then help your clients assess their progress towards established goals.
For clients’ newly eligible buildings, obtain ENERGY STAR certification – only available to buildings performing in the top 25%. For buildings that have been certified in past years, re-certify to show sustained top performance. Even when buildings are not eligible for certification, encourage and support clients to participate in ENERGY STAR campaigns and recognition programs and to become ENERGY STAR partners. Communicate both internally and externally about your clients’ ENERGY STAR achievement, and work with EPA to create ENERGY STAR case studies.
If your organization has worked with EPA’s ENERGY STAR program to benchmark at least 10 buildings or certify one or more of your client’s buildings in the past year, it can become an ENERGY STAR service and product provider partner and be listed on our online directories.
Once you’ve become an ENERGY STAR partner, display the ENERGY STAR partner logo on your website and promotional materials. Integrate ENERGY STAR into your service or product marketing with the marketing toolkit, and use ENERGY STAR sales tools. Invite EPA to provide a guest speaker for your partner presentations, conferences, and webinars, or to contribute to your company’s blog or newsletter. Train your staff on ENERGY STAR tools and resources, and earn national recognition from EPA for your work with ENERGY STAR by applying for an ENERGY STAR Award.
Get in touch with EPA to explore further ways to leverage your ENERGY STAR partnership. Past collaborations have included conference presentations, co-authored articles in industry publications, and joint research on areas of interest to the building energy field.
Spread ENERGY STAR updates and news through your company’s social media accounts, blogs, and newsletters. Offer pro bono verification services for nonprofit and government organizations’ ENERGY STAR applications. And, help shape the future of the ENERGY STAR program by responding to questionnaires and requests for input, and communicating initiatives and campaigns by connecting with clients, using EPA communication tools, or participating in webinars.
If you’re interested in connecting with EPA and taking any of the steps above to engage in your partnership with the ENERGY STAR program, write to us at www.energystar.gov/BuildingsHelp, and mention the service and product provider partnership roadmap. We look forward to working with you!