EPA is introducing recognition for energy-efficient tenant spaces. Under the Energy Efficiency Improvement Act of 2015, tenants that meet design criteria set by EPA will soon be eligible for ENERGY STAR Tenant Space recognition!
Charter ENERGY STAR Tenants
We are looking for commercial office tenants to help shape the recognition program starting in summer 2017. These “Charter Tenants” will be the first eligible to earn the new ENERGY STAR Tenant Space designation.
EPA will recognize all Charter Tenants (and participating landlords) with a certificate for their important role in testing and refining the new recognition. Those who verify that they have taken five key actions to drive energy efficiency can distinguish their space as “ENERGY STAR Tenant Space.” They will receive a decal for the office door and a special logo to use in marketing materials—indicating that the space meets strict design criteria set by EPA—as well as a listing on the ENERGY STAR website.
The five actions are:
- Estimate energy use
- Meter energy use
- Light efficiently
- Use efficient equipment
- Share data
Apply to be a Charter ENERGY STAR Tenant
Any organization that leases office space may apply, for up to five tenant spaces. The spaces may be in any phase of the leasing and operations process—design, construction, build/fit-out, or current occupancy. EPA is looking for motivated office tenants covering a range of sizes, geographic locations, and business types. (Retail and warehouse tenants will be eligible in a later phase.)
To express your interest in becoming a Charter Tenant, complete the simple application and email it to TenantRecognition@energystar.gov by August 15, 2017. If you are a landlord with existing or prospective tenants who might be Charter Tenant candidates, please consider helping EPA recruit them!
EPA will contact all Charter Tenant applicants by early September to confirm their participation.
Future plans for additional tenant recognition
The 2015 legislation also directed EPA to develop performance-based recognition for occupied tenant spaces, once the Energy Information Administration collects sufficient data. Together, EIA and EPA are exploring currently available data, gathering information on energy data-based tenant programs in the United States and abroad, and planning for the collection of additional U.S. data for tenant spaces over the coming years.
As with the development of ENERGY STAR scores for whole buildings, EPA will rigorously assess and analyze the data once it is available. Designing a tenant recognition based on an objective and reliable measure of energy performance will take several years, but it’s a worthy endeavor that can help reduce U.S. emissions and recognize environmental leadership among tenants.