ENERGY STAR products are independently certified to save energy without sacrificing features or functionality. Saving energy helps prevent climate change. Look for the ENERGY STAR label to save money on your energy bills and help protect our environment.
Improving your home's energy efficiency with ENERGY STAR can help to lower high energy bills, improve comfort and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Learn about the many ways to save in your home and track your progress with "My ENERGY STAR" - your new dashboard to savings.
A new home or apartment that has earned the ENERGY STAR label has undergone a process of inspections, testing, and verification to meet strict requirements set by the US EPA. ENERGY STAR certified homes and apartments use significantly less energy than typical new homes and apartments while delivering better comfort, quality, and durability.
The climate of the area where your property is located and the annual fluctuations you experience in weather conditions can affect how much energy you need to operate your buildings. Portfolio Manager includes metrics designed to incorporate these effects and help you understand your energy performance. These procedures rely on temperature data collected by weather monitoring stations and published by the National Climatic Data Center (NCDC), which is part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
EPA’s 1 - 100 ENERGY STAR score is an external benchmark for assessing the performance of commercial buildings. The ENERGY STAR score, expressed as a number on a simple 1 - 100 scale, rates performance on a percentile basis: buildings with a score of 50 perform better than 50% of their peers; buildings earning a score of 75 or higher are in the top quartile of energy performance.
The objective of the water score is to provide a fair assessment of the water use performance of a property relative to its peers, taking operational characteristics of the property and impact of climate into account. A statistical analysis is performed to identify building parameters that are significant drivers of water use using multivariate regression analysis, resulting in an equation that predicts the Water Use Intensity (WUI) of a property.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) defines green power as electricity generated from renewable resources, such as solar, wind, geothermal, low-impact biomass, and low-impact hydro resources. Whereas energy efficiency measures may be implemented to reduce the overall energy use in your building, the purchase of green power helps to reduce the environmental impacts associated with the generation of electricity for use in your building. This document describes the specific requirements for benchmarking green power in Portfolio Manager.
The energy used in commercial buildings results in significant emissions of greenhouse gases (GHGs) linked to global climate change, making buildings an important part of your GHG inventory. In order to help you assess the emissions footprint associated with your energy consumption, Portfolio Manager incorporates a number of metrics to quantify these emissions.
Commercial buildings all use different mixes of energy including electricity, natural gas, fuel oil, district steam, and many others. To evaluate energy performance for these buildings, we have to express all of these different energy types in a single common unit. Source energy is the most equitable unit of evaluation, and enables a complete assessment of energy efficiency.
For consistency and comparability, all energy performance metrics in Portfolio Manager reports are expressed in either thousand British thermal units (kBtu) or billion joules (GJ) and are annualized to 12 calendar months. However, in most cases your energy bills are not presented in these units and are not tied to calendar months. Therefore, a series of procedures is applied to make these conversions.
Portfolio Manager offers three main meter types, based on the most common ways buildings receive energy:
When you benchmark your building in Portfolio Manager, one of the key metrics you’ll see is energy use intensity, or EUI. Essentially, the EUI expresses a building’s energy use as a function of its size or other characteristics.
For most property types in Portfolio Manager, the EUI is expressed as energy per square foot per year. It’s calculated by dividing the total energy consumed by the building in one year (measured in kBtu or GJ) by the total gross floor area of the building.
This 5-page background document summarizes the process for verifying applications for ENERGY STAR certification. It also addresses the rationale for requiring that only licensed professionals (professional engineers and registered architects) can verify and stamp applications, and solicits input on this requirement. The deadline for submitting comments has closed. Thank you for your feedback.