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EPA Region 8 welcomes class of 2006 Energy Star Buildings

Release Date: 02/07/2007
Contact Information: Patty Crow, (303) 312-6464, crow.patty@epa.gov; Richard Mylott (303) 312-6654, mylott.richard@epa.gov

Fifty buildings in four states recognized for superior energy and environmental performance include schools, offices and federal facilities

{Denver, Colo. - 02/07/07} The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 8 today welcomed 50 buildings to the 2006 Class of Energy Star-Qualified Buildings, a program for top-performing buildings that have made powerful cuts to their energy bills and greenhouse gas emissions.

“I applaud these buildings for being America’s energy all-stars," said EPA Administrator Stephen L. Johnson. “Whether you are running a grocery store, a school, or an office building, getting the most out of your energy dollars — while reducing your carbon footprint — just makes sense.”

The new buildings announced today join more than 3,200 top-performing buildings across the nation that have earned the Energy Star for powerful cuts to their energy bills and greenhouse gas emissions.

The top-performing buildings that earned the Energy Star in 2006 include about 320 supermarkets, 320 office buildings, and 200 K-12 schools. Almost 90 banks, courthouses, financial centers, hospitals, hotels, and — for the first time — dormitories also earned the Energy Star, the most recognized national symbol for energy efficiency.

Collectively, these award-winning buildings represent almost 575 million square feet, save an estimated $600 million annually in lower energy bills, and prevent almost 11 billion pounds of greenhouse gas emissions, equal to emissions from almost 900,000 vehicles.

America’s desire for environmentally friendly buildings is growing, and superior energy efficiency is a critical element of green building. Buildings that earn the Energy Star are the top performers for energy efficiency nationwide. In fact, buildings that earn the Energy Star use about 35 percent less energy than average buildings.

Commercial buildings account for almost 18 percent of our nation’s greenhouse gas emissions. Building owners earn the Energy Star by scoring in the top 25 percent on EPA’s energy performance rating system, which calculates scores based on actual energy use. With interest in energy efficiency growing, Energy Star offers easy-to-use tools and guidelines that can help building owners and managers realize significant energy and dollar savings.

EPA started the Energy Star program in 1992, a government-backed program that helps businesses and consumers protect the environment through superior energy efficiency. Last year alone, American consumers and businesses, with the help of all Energy Star brands, saved $12 billion and prevented greenhouse gas emissions equal to those from 23 million vehicles.

2006 ENERGY STARŪ Labeled Buildings – Colorado

Office Buildings
1125 Seventeenth Street, Denver
1999 Broadway, Denver
555 17th Street, Denver
Administration Building, Monument
Alliance Center, Denver
Anna Bryce Building, Holly
Broadway Building, Boulder
Byron G Rogers Federal Courthouse, Denver
Cascades, Centennial
Denver Place North/South Towers, Denver
Garfield County School District Administration Office, Parachute
Gates Corporation World Headquarters, Denver
Holly Sugar Building, Colorado Springs
Manville Plaza, Denver
Poudre School District Operations Building, Fort Collins
Plaza of the Rockies North Tower, Colorado Springs
Plaza of the Rockies South Tower, Colorado Springs
Wellington E Webb Municipal Office Building, Denver
Wells Fargo Bank Tower, Colorado Springs
Wells Fargo Center, Denver

K-12 Schools
Bacon Elementary, Fort Collins
Bea Underwood Elementary School, Parachute
Centennial High School, Fort Collins
Columbine Elementary School, Fort Morgan
Fossil Ridge High School, Fort Collins
Harris Bilingual School, Fort Collins
Holly Jr/Sr High School, Holly
Kruse Elementary, Fort Collins
Linton Elementary, Fort Collins
Lopez School, Fort Collins
McGraw Elementary, Fort Collins
Monroe Elementary, Loveland
Olander Elementary, Fort Collins
Shanner Elementary, Holly
Stratton High Middle School, Stratton
Traut Elementary, Fort Collins
Werner Elementary, Fort Collins
Zach Elementary, Fort Collins

Hotels
Boulder University Inn, Boulder


2006 ENERGY STARŪ Labeled Buildings – Utah

Office Buildings
Cottonwood Corp Center NOP Hines Bldg #10, Salt Lake City
Cottonwood Corp Center NOP Hines Bldg #11, Salt Lake City
Cottonwood Corp Center NOP Hines Bldg #8, Salt Lake City
Cottonwood Corp Center NOP Hines Bldg #9, Salt Lake City
Kearns Buildings, Salt Lake City


2006 ENERGY STARŪ Labeled Buildings –South Dakota

K-12 Schools
Aberdeen C.C. Lee Elementary, Aberdeen
Aberdeen Lincoln Elementary, Aberdeen
Aberdeen May Overby Elementary, Aberdeen
Aberdeen O.M. Tiffany Elementary, Aberdeen
Aberdeen Simmons Elementary, Aberdeen


2006 ENERGY STARŪ Labeled Buildings –Wyoming

Trihydro Corporation, Laramie



For the complete list of buildings, by State, go to: http://www.energystar.gov/labeledbuildings

For more information on Energy Star go to: http://www.energystar.gov