A new EPA recognition for commercial buildings?
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is considering adding a new type of recognition for commercial buildings, based on improvement, rather than top performance. There are several reasons, including to:
- Motivate all buildings to improve energy efficiency, regardless of their current level of performance.
- Be able to recognize all types of buildings, especially those for which a 1-100 ENERGY STAR score isn’t available.
- Further reduce greenhouse gas emissions by engaging more buildings in the ENERGY STAR program.
What do you think? Your feedback is critical in helping us shape this recognition, so we invite you to respond to our survey by September 30th. It should take less than 5 minutes to complete.
How would it work? A building would be eligible to apply for this recognition once it reaches a set reduction over a chosen baseline period, and then at 10% increments thereafter. For example, once a building improves energy efficiency by 20% it might apply for recognition, and may do so again when it hits 30%, 40%, 50% improvement, and so on. Because the recognition is based on improvement in energy efficiency compared solely to a building’s own baseline, all buildings will be eligible, regardless of whether or not they can receive a 1-100 ENERGY STAR score.
How would applications be verified? In order to achieve recognition, a Licensed Professional (a Professional Engineer or Registered Architect) would be required to verify the application data, though unlike for ENERGY STAR certification, a site visit would not be required.
Would there be a fee to apply? EPA anticipates that tens of thousands of buildings would be eligible for this recognition, and that this number will continue to grow over time. To handle this volume of applicants, EPA may need to enlist a third party to review and approve applications. As a result, there may be a small application processing fee for this new recognition.
What would we receive? Once a building has earned this recognition, it would receive a certificate as well as promotional materials, and the building and organization would be listed on the ENERGY STAR website. EPA is also exploring additional options to recognize buildings achieving these savings.
How can I help now? Take the survey now and forward it to others—both inside and outside of your organization. The more responses we get, the better informed we’ll be.