What Is an Energy Star Rating for Commercial Buildings?

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You’ve heard the term “Energy Star rating” before, but what exactly does it mean? It’s often used in regard to the energy efficiency of a product or building, but what goes into an energy star rated product or commercial building?

What Is an Energy Star Rating?

An Energy Star rating is a leading symbol for energy efficiency that was established to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and other pollutants caused by wasting energy. It makes it easier for consumers to identify and purchase energy-efficient products so that they can save on energy bills without sacrificing performance, features, and comfort of products. Without this symbol, consumers are left unaware of whether buildings or products are truly energy-efficient. While many buildings are designed to be green, that doesn’t necessarily mean that it’ll be certifiably energy-efficient— in fact, no building should define itself as “green” unless its greenhouse gas emissions are less than average. Energy Star ratings have been incorporated into top green-building certification systems and listings, including: Travelocity, Honest Building, the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification, and the Green Building Initiative’s Green Globes system, to name a few.

Products that want to have an Energy Star label must meet a list of pre-determined specifications, such as:

  • Contribute to nationwide energy savings
  • Provide a return on investment (ROI) for users
  • Be easily used through broadly available technologies
  • Deliver features in-demand from customers in addition to offering increased energy efficiency

Energy Star Rating Products for Commercial Buildings

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has worked with businesses and public-sector organizations since 1992 to optimize the way commercial and industrial buildings use energy. Facility managers across the nation use Energy Star to assess how their properties are performing, adopt energy management strategies, identify more ways to save energy, cut costs, and reduce green house gas emissions, earn recognition, and communicate their energy-saving efforts to the public. With their combined efforts, along with the help of Energy Star, families and businesses saved more then $300 billion on utility bills, and prevented more than 2.4 billion metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions from polluting the environment.

Energy Star has a rating system with different scores, allowing business owners to compare their facility’s actual energy performance to similar facilities nationwide. They have also established an Energy Star certification program that only the nation’s most energy efficient buildings can be a part of. On average, these Energy Star-certified buildings use 35% less energy, and cause 35% fewer greenhouse gas emissions than similar buildings.

PL Energy Services: Helping Commercial Buildings Be Energy-Efficient

PL Energy Services is a leading energy auditing company in the GTA. Our goal is to help commercial and industrial facilities reach their potential when it comes to energy conservation. In addition to our energy auditing services, we also offer project management, ASHRAE energy analyses, and HVAC design services. If you’re interested in making your building eco-friendly, contact us today to learn how we can help you.

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