DENVER – The Denver metro area today was ranked 8th in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) list of U.S. metropolitan areas with the most ENERGY STAR certified buildings. The ranking confirms the Denver metro region’s commitment to providing building owners and managers with the technical guidance, best practices, and training they need to make their buildings more energy efficient, save money, and reduce carbon emissions.
Cities are ranked on the list according to how many buildings in their area achieved ENERGY STAR certification in 2013. To qualify for the ENERGY STAR certification, a building must earn a 1 – 100 ENERGY STAR score of 75 or higher, indicating that it outperforms 75 percent of similar buildings nationwide.
"Denver is honored to be ranked in EPA’s 2014 Top Cities list,” Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock said. "Through programs like Better Buildings Denver, we are delivering on our commitment to environmental stewardship and lowering energy costs. We are proud to be a national leader in energy-efficient buildings and plants, and we are proud of the community’s dedication to preserving Denver’s resources today and in the future.”
The Denver metro area had 221 buildings comprising 43.5 million sq. ft. earn the ENERGY STAR in 2013. The annual energy savings of these buildings equates to $40,200,000 and emissions reductions equal to the electricity use of more than 50,000 homes.
“This ranking builds upon our city’s reputation as a national leader in sustainable environmental practices,” said Jerry Tinianow, Denver’s Chief Sustainability Officer. “We will continue working to advance bold, innovative partnerships in energy conservation that ensure our resources remain available, affordable and equitable for all.”
More than 23,000 buildings across America earned EPA’s ENERGY STAR certification by the end of last year. These buildings saved more than $3.1 billion on utility bills and prevented greenhouse gas emissions equal to the annual electricity use from 2.2 million homes.
“Denver’s ranking shows how America’s leading cities are embracing efforts to protect the environment and fight climate change,” said Jean Lupinacci, chief of the ENERGY STAR Commercial & Industrial program. “This partnership between cities and business leaders demonstrates the tangible benefits that result from embracing energy efficiency as a simple and effective way to save money, reduce emissions, and protect the environment.”
Commercial buildings that earn EPA’s ENERGY STAR must outperform 75 percent of similar buildings nationwide, as verified by a professional engineer or a registered architect. ENERGY STAR certified buildings use an average of 35 percent less energy and are responsible for 35 percent fewer greenhouse gas emissions than typical buildings. Many types of commercial facilities can earn the ENERGY STAR, including office buildings, K-12 schools, and retail stores.
Launched in 1992 by EPA, ENERGY STAR is a market-based partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency. Last year, with help from ENERGY STAR, American families and businesses have saved $30 billion on utility bills and prevented greenhouse gas emissions equal to the annual electricity use of more than 38 million homes. Today, the ENERGY STAR label can be found on more than 70 different product categories, 1.5 million new homes, and 23,000 commercial buildings and industrial plants.
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For more information about the 2014 ENERGY STAR Top Cities list, visit www.energystar.gov/TopCities.
For more information about ENERGY STAR visit www.energystar.gov/buildings.