EPA’s ENERGY STAR Certification for Buildings

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR for Certification for Buildings program is a proven platform for building owners and managers to “label” their assets as top energy efficiency performers in the marketplace.

Investors, tenants, and employees seek buildings and workplaces with ENERGY STAR ratings because they signal well-managed, profitable assets with reduced carbon footprints. 

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Position

ENERGY STAR has been a success since its creation in 1998. The Real Estate Roundtable strongly supports the program and we have further advocated for Congress to: 

  • Appropriate sufficient funds for the program, so the EPA has the resources it needs to maintain the same level of services it provides to building owners and managers; and
  • Authorize the EPA to develop new platforms, so ENERGY STAR reflects the dynamism of the U.S. real estate sector and evolves with market demands for high-performance assets.

EPA’s “next generation” of ENERGY STAR labels should encourage real estate companies that lead the way in reducing their buildings’ on-site carbon emissions while also adding to our nation’s overall supply of renewable energy.

Background

The “business case” for ENERGY STAR shows a correlation between energy efficiency “labels” with properties that enjoy lower operating costs, obtain better mortgage terms, and command higher sales prices and rental rates.

The federal EPA estimates that nearly 45% of U.S. commercial floor space—44 billion square feet—uses “Portfolio Manager,” ENERGY STAR’s free online tool to measure and manage buildings’ energy, water, and waste consumption.

An increasing number of state and local laws leverage ENERGY STAR benchmarking and rating platforms as mandates within their respective jurisdictions. It is critical that the EPA provides guidance to help ensure that municipal-level programs synchronize with the rating scale and other components of the EPA’s voluntary national program.   

Resources

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Clean Energy Tax Incentives
Reporting on Climate Risks
EPA's ENERGY STAR Certification for Buildings
EPA's ENERGY STAR Tenant Space Recognition
Building Performance Standards
Science-Based Targets
“Healthy Buildings”