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List of Legislation and Campaigns Leveraging ENERGY STAR

Last Updated: 10-04-2021

Federal agencies and state and local governments across the country are taking important steps to protect the environment and lower energy costs by adopting policies that leverage EPA’s ENERGY STAR tools to reduce energy use in commercial buildings, through both required policy measures and voluntary campaigns. This document provides a summary of federal, state, and local efforts that refer to ENERGY STAR tools. Download the PDF below, or view them as an interactive map of benchmarking programs and policies

Resource Type: Research and reports, Benchmarking & disclosure policy, Campaigns
Market Sector: State & local government
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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: Thirdparty resources, Research and reports
Market Sector: State & local government, Corporate real estate, Commercial real estate
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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: Thirdparty resources, Research and reports, Benchmarking & disclosure policy
Market Sector: State & local government
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Did Your Energy Efficiency Project Get Lost in Translation? Financial Speak for Facility Managers

Last Updated: 06-20-2020

Do you have energy efficiency projects that have been postponed or rejected due to capital budget limitations, other projects with better returns, or lack of expertise? Yet, from your perspective the project should be a “no brainer” due to the immediate positive cash flows generated by the energy savings. Understanding your organization’s decision-making process, being able to effectively speak to the benefit of improved cash flow, and improving your financial literacy can greatly increase your probability of receiving approval for a project. The self-funding aspect of energy efficiency is often under-appreciated by senior management, and you want to be able to clearly address any questions, concerns, and benefits.

Topic: Energy management guidance, Financial
Resource Type: Research and reports, Financial value of energy efficiency
Market Sector: Restaurants, Retail, Senior living, Multifamily housing, Small business, State & local government, K12 schools, Corporate real estate, Congregations, Auto dealers, Commercial real estate, Federal agencies, Higher education, Hospitality, Healthcare, Grocery & convenience stores, General industrial/manufacturing
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The New York City Local Law 84 Benchmarking Report

Last Updated: 12-13-2016

Read this report from New York City to learn about its benchmarking ordinance, which requires all large buildings in the city to measure and disclose energy consumption annually. This report is the first analysis of New York City benchmarking data and provides comprehensive recommendations to improve the quality of energy benchmarking and the ease of compliance for building owners.

Resource Type: Thirdparty resources, Research and reports, Benchmarking & disclosure policy
Market Sector: State & local government
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DataTrends: Energy Use in Wastewater Treatment Plants

Last Updated: 11-18-2016

This 2-page factsheet summarizes the energy, operational, and property characteristics of wastewater treatment plants benchmarking in Portfolio Manager. Other statistics are also presented in an easy-to-read format.

Topic: Portfolio Manager
Resource Type: Research and reports, DataTrends
Market Sector: State & local government, Utilities/ Energy efficiency program administrators
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DataTrends: Energy Use in Courthouses

Last Updated: 11-18-2016

This 2-page factsheet summarizes the energy, operational, and property characteristics of courthouses benchmarking in Portfolio Manager. Other statistics are also presented in an easy-to-read format.

Topic: Portfolio Manager
Resource Type: Research and reports, DataTrends
Market Sector: State & local government
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Energy-Efficient County Buildings

Last Updated: 09-09-2016

In May of 2012, the National Association of Counties and the Institute for Building Technology and Safety (IBTS) launched a study to learn more about how counties use energy in their buildings. Their goal is to help counties identify strategies to increase their energy efficiency by tracking energy use in their facilities and creating a plan for energy-saving improvements. Read this 15-page report for a summary of findings about county buildings and their energy use based on an analysis of data in ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager.

Resource Type: Research and reports, Thirdparty resources
Market Sector: State & local government