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Ohev Sholom - The National Synagogue
1600 Jonquil Street, NW
Washington, DC 20012
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Ohev Sholom - The National Synagogue, is the first synagogue in the United States to earn the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency?s ENERGY STAR certification with an energy performance score of 75 on a scale of 1 ? 100. This was completed in March 2011.

Ohev Sholom has been working on the implementation of energy efficiency initiatives since 2007. The synagogue is an ENERGY STAR partner and a member of the Greater Washington Interfaith Power and Light (GWIPL). Since GWIPL conducted an informal energy audit of the synagogue in 2008, the facility has been working on a number of initiatives to improve the efficiency and management of energy resources consumed.

The synagogue has focused on low cost and no cost efforts to improve energy efficiency. The key to their success was a focus on staff and congregant education and dedication to improving building operations. Specifically, to earn the ENERGY STAR, Ohev Sholom took the following actions:

In addition to the energy efficiency actions, Ohev Sholom conducts other greening efforts which include:


The communications on this achievement will be both internal and external: there is ongoing outreach within the Jewish faith tradition.


"Ohev Sholom is proud to be the first synagogue in the country to earn EPA?s ENERGY STAR certification in recognition of our energy efficiency efforts. Through this achievement, we have demonstrated our commitment to environmental stewardship.?

-- Shmuel Herzfeld, Rabbi, Ohev Sholom - The National Synagogue

Please note: Narrative information in this profile has been provided by Ohev Sholom, The National Synagogue or a representative of this facility. Other building information was verified and submitted to EPA at the time of application. Building energy performance, operating characteristics, and ownership/management may be subject to change over time.

Building Owner:*
Ohev Sholom, The National Synagogue

Property Manager:*
Ohev Sholom, The National Synagogue

Year(s) Labeled (Rating):
2011 (75)

Facility Type: Worship Facility

Total Floorspace: 30633 sf

Year Constructed: 1956

Contract Type: None

Technologies Used:
   Stage 1-Recommissioning
   Stage 2-Lighting
   Stage 3-Load Reductions
   Stage 5-Heating and Cooling Plant
   Other Technologies/Strategies