EPA Powers Up Building Performance with New Energy Star Program

EPA Powers Up Building Performance with New Energy Star Program

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is partnering with utilities and states in a new pilot program that's designed to help improve commercial building energy efficiency.

The program called Building Performance with Energy Star is intended to help states and utilities fine tune financial incentives and technical support for their business customers in order to promote comprehensive whole-building energy upgrades.

The pilot is being launched with Energy Star partners Com Ed, MidAmerican, National Grid, the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities, Pacific Gas & Electric, Southern California Edison and Wisconsin Focus on Energy.

Key elements of the pilot, which follows the EPA's Home Performance with Energy Star program, include:

  • Incorporating use of the EPA’s Portfolio Manager, the agency's online energy measurement and tracking tool, to score building performance;
  • Approaching energy efficiency opportunities in the context of findings from whole building assessments; and
  • Creating a robust delivery network for whole building efficiency services.

The idea behind the program is that operators of commercial properties, aided by their utilities and states, can realize greater savings by strategically planning and implementing whole-building energy efficiency improvements -- rather pursing only piecemeal efforts aimed at swift and high paybacks measures.

Image CC licensed by Flickr user paul (dex) busy @ work