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The Energy Star Buildings Partnership is a voluntary energy efficiency program for U.S. buildingsEnergy Efficiency
- Permits potential savings up to 35% or more from an integrated approach to energy-efficiency
- Enables a more competitive stature by lowering the cost of products & services and increasing productivity
- Prevents pollution
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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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
Applied across a portfolio of buildings, benchmarking provides the foundation for superior energy management decisions, ranging from identifying the top performers to prioritizing the best candidates for upgrades.
2. Determine potential savings
By comparing a benchmarking score to a "target score," benchmarking can suggest the energy savings potential of raising efficiency to, or above,average.
3. Demonstrate proactive management of energy issues.
Having energy consumption data summarized and documented for a building helps answer questions about energy use from upper management, outside vendors, investors, or local government agencies.
4. Receive positive publicity
Being able to document that a building’s energy efficiency has improved or that energy consumption is low provides a basis to communicate an environmentally-friendly image.
5. Monitor changes
Scoring a building over a period of time can help evaluate the effectiveness of changes in equipment or management.
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ENERGY STAR LABEL
|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.
The role of the Professional Engineer is to verify that all energy use is accounted for accurately, that the building characteristics have been properly reported (including the square footage of the building), that the building is fully functional in accordance with industry standards, and that each of the indoor environment criteria has been met.
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.
The Professional Engineer should reference The Professional Engineer's Guide to the ENERGY STAR Label for Buildings (PDF) (425KB) for guidance in verifying a commercial building to qualify for the ENERGY STAR. Note also that the Professional Engineer must be licensed in the state where the building is located. Exception: Professional engineers employed by the Federal government may evaluate any buildings located in the United States that are owned or primarily occupied by the Federal government. Contractors and consultants to the Federal government, however, are not covered by the exception.
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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.
- Improved energy performance can increase the value of an organization by improving the bottom line.
- Every dollar of increased earnings can be valued at the prevailing market earnings multiple, or the Price Earnings Ratio.
- This approach to valuation is common practice among analysts who routinely relate market prices for shares of stock to multiples of earnings.
- You can also use this approach to determine the value of improved energy performance for your business— that is, increased market capitalization
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The rationale and approach to energy efficiency upgrades introduced below are designed to maximize your rate of return for energy-efficient investments.
- The process of improving energy performance requires that the financial merits of opportunities be carefully evaluated.
- To successfully compete against other business investments, energy performance improvements should be evaluated on the same basis.
- Understanding basic financial concepts and using simple analysis tools can facilitate an informed decision.
- ENERGY STAR provides tools that quantify, justify and communicate the impact of energy performance to a company’s worth.
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ENERGY STAR upgrades offer superior returns at a lower risk than most other investments
- Underlying the integrated approach for building upgrades is a basic understanding of how to improve energy performance.
- Heat is given off by lights, people, and other supplemental loads; such office equipment requires space cooling.
- Solar radiation and hot outside air temperatures can also impact space cooling needs.
- Conversely, cold outside air temperatures create the need for heating.
- Even when it is cold outside, your building may still require some cooling to remove excess heat given off by lights, people and equipment.
- Improvements in energy performance and employee comfort can increase productivity in your upgraded buildings.
- Revenue generated from increased productivity can be up to 10 times as high as the energy cost savings received from performing upgrades.
- Every dollar invested in an energy-efficient upgrade can produce between $2 and $3 in increased asset value,
- Increases can make commercial properties more attractive to buyers and lenders.
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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 systemsNote:
The ENERGY STAR Buildings Manual includes a complete document on each stage of the Five-Stage Approach.
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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
Act NOW to start saving money on your energy bill.
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