Buildings Receive Energy Star Status
United States Environmental Protection Agency provides energy-efficient
and environmentally friendly buildings with Energy Star status each
year as a way to spark interest in and growth of energy conscious
construction and building usage. In the beginning of 2006, Energy
Star status was conferred on over 2500 office buildings, schools,
hospitals, and public buildings for superior energy and environmental
performance in 2005 by the EPA. The buildings, which represent 482
million square feet, are estimated to be saving about $349 million
annually in lower energy bills while still meeting industry standards
for comfort and indoor air quality. This means that these 2500 buildings
alone are preventing 1.8 billion pounds of greenhouse gas emissions.
That is equivalent to emissions from 540,000 vehicles.
Commercial buildings are responsible for more than 17 percent of
our nation's greenhouse gas emissions. Energy Star-qualified buildings
generally use up to 40 percent less energy than typical buildings.
Building owners earn the Energy Star by scoring in the top 25 percent
on EPA's energy performance rating system and scores are based on
actual energy use.
Here is the breakdown for the top performing buildings: 1007 are
office buildings, 501 are public schools and 834 are grocery stores.
More than 200 hotels, hospitals, medical offices, and other buildings
also earned the Energy Star.
Food Lion leads the list as owner of the most Energy Star buildings,
but top-performing buildings are found in every state in the nation
and the District of Columbia. The most Energy Star buildings are
located in California, Texas, North Carolina, Virginia, Colorado,
is a government-backed program aimed at helping businesses and consumers
protect the environment through superior energy efficiency. More
than 7,000 organizations partner with EPA in the Energy Star program.
In 2004 alone, Americans, with the help of Energy Star, saved $10
billion dollars and prevented greenhouse gas emissions equivalent
to those from 20 million cars.
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