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First 17 Multifamily Buildings Receive ENERGY STAR

January 6, 2015 | 0 comments

In late 2014, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that existing multifamily facilities now qualify for ENERGY STAR certification. (Previously, only new multifamily facilities could apply for certification.) As of November 2014, ENERGY STAR has officially certified the first 17 existing multifamily properties in the country.

So why did the U.S. EPA decide to offer ENERGY STAR certification to existing multifamily housing facilities? Research indicates that multifamily properties can become up to 30% more efficient by 2020 simply by reducing the amount of energy they consume.

By saving energy, reducing operating costs, preventing greenhouse-gas emissions, and increasing affordability for tenants, these 17 facilities earned the very first ENERGY STAR label given to existing multifamily buildings. The buildings use an average of 35% less energy than similar buildings nationwide, according to the U.S. EPA.

Ranging from the 29-story 680 North Lake Shore Drive tower built in the mid-1920s to the ECO Modern Flats, a low-rise complex built in the early 1970s, these apartment and condo buildings go above and beyond baseline ENERGY STAR requirements; they perform within the top 25% of similar properties nationwide.

Although each building took its own approach to improve energy efficiency, they all have one thing in common: They validate the economic and environmental benefits that may be obtained with a holistic approach to managing energy use. Some of the green building features and processes in these buildings include:

As with other ENERGY STAR scores, the new multifamily score offers building owners, facilities managers, and tenants a way to understand and compare building energy performance. Based on a scale of 1-100, the score is calculated by using survey data from Fannie Mae and the U.S. Green Building Council. All properties scoring above 75 may be eligible to earn the ENERGY STAR certification.

To see the full list of 17 ENERGY STAR multifamily buildings, click here.

Does your building have the ENERGY STAR certification? Why or why not?

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