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The Energy Star Buildings Partnership is a voluntary energy efficiency program for U.S. buildings

Energy Efficiency

The Energy Star Buildings Program
At the present time the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is offering several major Energy Star Buildings programs that are directed to assisting participating partner organizations to realizing major energy cost savings. The two of these programs that have proven to be most valuable to most of these partners. The ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager/Benchmarking Program and the Energy Star, Five Stage Approach, Building Program are discussed below.

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Portfolio Manager
ENERGY STAR developed Portfolio Manager to help businesses continually track and compare energy use. These comparisons are critical to successful energy management.

Portfolio manager is designed to assess (benchmark) the comparative energy performance of a wide range of commercial buildings against all similar-use buildings in the United States.

Portfolio Manager also provides a comparative 1-to-100 rating of energy use

To ensure an accurate benchmark score, the portfolio manager's benchmarking models require buildings to meet certain eligibility criteria.

Often, building owners and managers do not have a clear picture of how much energy their buildings use. You can't manage what you can't measure.
Benchmarking energy consumption in buildings means comparing how much energy is used in a building to an average or theoretical standard.
How much energy a building should use varies widely according to the local climate and weather, how the building is used, and how densely people and equipment are configured in the building.
Additionally, expectations about the way buildings are conditioned can have a significant impact.
Whatever the case, you can improve the energy performance of your building by benchmarking to track changes in energy performance over time and compare your building to others.

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The Benefits of Benchmarking

1. Prioritize investments in your building portfolio

2. Determine potential savings 3. Demonstrate proactive management of energy issues. 4. Receive positive publicity 5. Monitor changes

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ENERGY STARŪ Label for Buildings
Buildings with benchmark scores of 75 or higher are eligible for the ENERGY STAR label for buildings. This label can be displayed on your buildings to convey performance excellence to tenants, customers, and other occupants. Your organization's ability to point to a significant percentage of labeled buildings can send a positive message to lenders, appraisers, owners, investors, and potential tenants or customers. Use the portfolio manager to find label candidates and to apply for the label.

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How to Apply for the Energy Star label.

Follow the six steps below to qualify your building as ENERGY STAR.

1. Determine if the building meets the eligibility requirements.
2. Login to Portfolio Manager and enter the required energy and building information.
3. Determine if the building achieves a rating of 75 or above.
4. Validate the Statement of Energy Performance (stamped/embossed and signed) through a Professional Engineer. 5. Read and understand the ENERGY STAR Identity Guidelines.
6. Mail the signed Letter of Agreement and signed and stamped Statement of Energy Performance (SEP) to EPA (postmarked within 120 days of the Period Ending Date). Please note: an official Letter of Agreement will be provided for download in Portfolio Manager. Please do not use company letterhead to print the Letter of Agreement.

ENERGY STAR Label for Buildings
c/o SRA International, Inc.
3434 Washington Blvd.
Arlington, VA 22201

NOTE: The ENERGY STAR is awarded for a specific year. A building that has earned the ENERGY STAR becomes eligible to reapply one year after the last energy data included in the SEP submitted as part of the previous year's application. EPA conducts periodic reviews on randomly selected ENERGY STAR labeled buildings to monitor that all standards are met.

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Business Analysis

The process to improved energy performance requires that the financial merits of opportunities be carefully evaluated. All organizations employ basic financial analysis tools to examine the value, risk, and liquidity impacts of investment opportunities competing for limited capital resources. To successfully compete against other business investments, energy performance should be evaluated on the same basis. Understanding basic financial concepts and using simple analysis tools can facilitate an informed decision.


Analysis Tools

Building Upgrades
The rationale and approach to energy efficiency upgrades introduced below are designed to maximize your rate of return for energy-efficient investments.

ENERGY STAR upgrades offer superior returns at a lower risk than most other investments

Five-Stage Approach

The ENERGY STAR Buildingssm Five-Stage approach for energy-efficiency upgrades was developed to take advantage of interaction among a building's systems to result in average energy savings of 30% for the whole building.

Stage One--Green Lights
Installing energy efficient lighting systems and controls that can provide substantial energy savings at low costs
Stage Two--Building Tune-Up
Performing a comprehensive tune-up of the entire facility to get it into peak condition
Stage Three--Other Load Reductions
Finding other opportunities for increasing a building's energy efficiency such as purchasing ENERGY STAR office equipment, installing window films, and adding insulation or a reflective coating to the roof.
Stage Four--Fan System Upgrades
Rightsizing fan systems, adding variable speed drives, or converting to avariable-air-volume system, if appropriate
Stage Five--Heating and Cooling System Upgrades
Replacing chlorofluorocarbon chillers with small, more energy efficient models to meet the building's reduced cooling loads and upgrading other central plant systems
The ENERGY STAR Buildings Manual includes a complete document on each stage of the Five-Stage Approach.

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Act NOW to start saving money on your energy bill.
For more information or to make an appointment with an ENERGY STAR Coordinator
contact one of the people listed below:

Robert Drake (206) 553-4803

Robert Fallis (206) 553-8293

Carolyn Gangmark (206) 553-1855

Larry Gildea (206) 553-1855

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