Commercial building design

ENERGY STAR Design Guide

If you're designing a new commercial building, this 28-page guide will help you set an energy target, evaluate energy strategies, document energy intent, and earn recognition. It also highlights how to benchmark energy use for the building, once it's built and operating, to ensure that the building is operating as intended.

Portfolio Manager Technical Reference: Estimating Fuel Mix and Energy Cost

When establishing energy performance targets early in a project’s design stage, exact fuel mix and energy costs are often not known. In these cases, Portfolio Manager and Target Finder will provide an estimated fuel mix and energy cost to help you assess how to reach your target performance level. Reference this 7-page document for information about using Portfolio Manager and Target Finder to estimate fuel mix and energy cost.

Sample press release: Project has achieved Designed to Earn the ENERGY STAR

If your commercial building design project has achieved EPA's Designed to Earn the ENERGY STAR designation, use this template press release to spread the word. Fill in the blanks, add your own quote, and then send it to your local or trade media with a note about why they might be interested in reporting about it.

ENERGY STAR® Challenge for Architects

Submit your Designed to Earn the ENERGY STAR architecture projects to participate in the ENERGY STAR Challenge for Architects. Commercial building design projects that meet EPA's strict energy efficiency criteria are eligible to achieve Designed to Earn the ENERGY STAR recognition. You can find more information on the Challenge for Architects—as well as projects that have been submitted so far for this year's Challenge—here.

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