ENERGY STAR: more than just a rating system

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Gary Graham
Energy Services Lead
United States
Energy and Sustainability Services

Greenbuild is a great place to meet up with friends and colleagues in the green building industry. Yesterday, we spent some time with Alyssa Quarforth of the EPA and Deborah Cloutier of JDM Associates. We chatted about the great strides ENERGY STAR has made in recent years and obstacles that still remain.

The good news is that enrollment in ENERGY STAR is around 120,000 properties, more than twice what it was a couple of years ago. We know first-hand what an accomplishment this is.  Building owners are often reluctant to enroll because they view ENERGY STAR solely as a rating system. They think if their building doesn’t receive the ENERGY STAR label; it may make them look bad. Many don’t realize ENERGY STAR’S value in benchmarking building performance and identifying areas for improvement. ENERGY STAR’s growth over the past couple of years actually means its performance database is larger than ever, and in turn it is more valuable to its participants.

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