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National Green Building Adoption Index – 2014

Last Updated: 02-13-2021

ENERGY STAR Award-winning partner CBRE engaged a research team from Maastricht University to measure the uptake of green building certification in the top 30 largest U.S. office markets from 2005 to 2013. The results are outlined in this 38-page report. Among the key findings are:

Resource Type: Third party resources, Research and reports
Market Sector: State & local government, Corporate real estate, Commercial real estate

Building Energy Transparency: A Framework for Implementing… Energy Rating & Disclosure Policy

Last Updated: 01-22-2021

This report is an outcome of a roundtable convened in late 2010 by the IMT and senior policy implementers from 10 states and cities,  national building energy efficiency experts, and leaders from the commercial real estate industry. The purpose was to discuss best practices for implementing commercial building benchmarking and disclosure policies. Many of these approaches have broad applicability both to current policy implementers and to those that may implement rating and disclosure policies in the future.

Resource Type: Third party resources, Research and reports, Benchmarking & disclosure policy
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Intelligent Energy Optimizers LLC - Kimberly Clark Group Teaming Profile

Last Updated: 01-18-2021

IEO provides lighting design and build for Kimberly Clark Berkley Mill, saving $160,000 annually.

Topic: Energy management guidance
Resource Type: Third party resources, Success stories
Market Sector: Service and product provider (SPP), General industrial/manufacturing
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The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007

Last Updated: 01-18-2021

This PDF contains the entire 310-page Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA). EISA lays the groundwork for federal agencies to increase the efficiency of products and buildings, promote research on and deploy greenhouse gas capture and storage options, and improve the energy performance of the federal government. Read this act to understand the federal government's initiative to prevent greenhouse gas emissions and protect our climate, part of which includes the use of ENERGY STAR benchmarking tools and resources.

Resource Type: Third party resources, Research and reports

The Economics of Green Building

Last Updated: 01-18-2021

This paper from the Institute of Business and Economic Research explores the effect that sustainability improvements in buildings have on the economy. The paper discusses the measurements and data sources documenting the energy efficiency of U.S. buildings, analyzes short-run price dynamics based on a panel of green commercial buildings, and presents new evidence on the economic returns to the investments in green buildings.

Resource Type: Third party resources, Research and reports, Financial value of energy efficiency
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The New York City Local Law 84 Benchmarking Report, 2013

Last Updated: 08-27-2020

In 2011, New York City passed Local Law 84, which requires all large buildings in the city to measure and disclose energy consumption annually. This report analyzes data from the second year of benchmarking, and, as such, was the first report to be able to compare two robust sets of data. Among the more notable findings: the median 1 – 100 ENERGY STAR score of New York City buildings increased from a 64 to 67 between the two reporting years. 

Resource Type: Third party resources, Research and reports, Benchmarking & disclosure policy
Market Sector: State & local government

New York-Presbyterian Hospital’s Corporate Energy Policy & Guidelines

Last Updated: 11-08-2019

Creating an energy policy is a key step in formalizing your organization's commitment to saving energy. After all, you’ll be much more likely to achieve lasting results when energy efficiency is integrated as a core element of your organization’s business practices.

New York-Presbyterian’s corporate energy policy describes core values and responsibilities for implementing its energy management program.

Topic: Energy management guidance
Resource Type: Third party resources, Sample energy policies
Market Sector: Healthcare
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Kenton County School District’s Energy Management Policy

Last Updated: 11-08-2019

Creating an energy policy is a key step in formalizing your organization's commitment to saving energy. After all, you’ll be much more likely to achieve lasting results when energy efficiency is integrated as a core element of your organization’s business practices.

In its energy policy, the Kenton County School District commits to adopting a district-wide Sustainable Energy Plan (SEP) that will result in a significant reduction in overall energy consumption. It also affirms the district’s commitment to environmental protection through energy efficiency as a fundamental operational objective and integral to the strategy of fulfilling its educational mission.

Topic: Energy management guidance
Resource Type: Third party resources, Sample energy policies
Market Sector: K-12 schools

Evergreen Public Schools’ Policy and Procedures for Efficient and Responsible Use of Resources

Last Updated: 11-08-2019

Creating an energy policy is a key step in formalizing your organization's commitment to saving energy. After all, you’ll be much more likely to achieve lasting results when energy efficiency is integrated as a core element of your organization’s business practices.

Evergreen Public Schools established a program to minimize the costs of resource utilization and promote environmental stewardship. To support the program, they also outlined guidelines regarding building operation standards to minimize resource use while maintaining healthy, effective, and comfortable learning and working environments for students and staff members.

Topic: Energy management guidance
Resource Type: Third party resources, Sample energy policies
Market Sector: K-12 schools

Sears Holdings Corporation’s Environmental Policy Statement

Last Updated: 11-04-2019

Creating an energy policy is a key step in formalizing your organization's commitment to saving energy. After all, you’ll be much more likely to achieve lasting results when energy efficiency is integrated as a core element of your organization’s business practices.

Signed in June 2009, Sears Holdings Corporation’s environmental policy statement outlines its commitment to:

Topic: Energy management guidance
Resource Type: Third party resources, Sample energy policies
Market Sector: Retail
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