Just like appliances and light bulbs, entire buildings can receive ENERGY STAR certifications, a very useful step for any business working to gain a broader online sustainability certification. The ENERGY STAR certification shows that an office is highly energy efficient, that the company is able to save money without impacting performance, and that the building is contributing to the protection of the environment by emitting less carbon dioxide.
How Does an Office Receive an ENERGY STAR Certification?
Most locations are eligible for an ENERGY STAR rating. Restrictions include that your parking garage cannot be larger than your building and you can’t have more than 25% of your floor space ineligible (see more details here). Companies who want to receive a score must submit specified information about their building, following which the details must be checked by a third party — either a licensed Professional Engineer (PE) or Registered Architect (RA).
To receive the certificate, businesses must gain a score of at least 75, which means the building can demonstrate better energy performance than 75 percent of companies across the country. Scores are determined by the requirements set out by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
The certification only lasts one year to ensure that companies maintain their high performance. Once the year is up, businesses need to reapply and will receive a new score, which determines if they are able to keep their ENERGY STAR certification.
Thousands of buildings nationwide have already received an ENERGY STAR certification. Businesses which choose to take steps in order to improve their energy use can join this growing list to not only show their commitment to the environment but also increase their Class-G or other online sustainability certification score.