Feb 25, 2016
DENVER – A record eight city facilities owned and managed by the City and County of Denver have earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) ENERGY STAR certification, which signifies that the building performs in the top 25 percent of similar facilities nationwide for energy efficiency and meets strict energy efficiency performance levels set by the EPA.
“This is a great achievement for the City and County of Denver, and we’re proud to accept EPA’s ENERGY STAR certification in recognition of our energy efficiency efforts,” Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock said. “Not only are we lowering our energy costs by finding more efficient ways to operate city buildings, we’re leading by example and driving a community-wide commitment to environmental stewardship.”
The achievement also demonstrates Denver’s commitment to its 2020 Sustainability Goals, which include a goal of reducing energy consumed by city-operated buildings and vehicles by 20 percent.
Commercial buildings that earn EPA’s ENERGY STAR certification use an average of 35 percent less energy than typical buildings and also release 35 percent less carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. The City and County of Denver improved its energy performance by managing energy strategically across the entire city and by making cost-effective improvements to its buildings such as installing LED light fixtures, updating building controls, and replacing equipment in mechanical rooms.
“Improving the energy efficiency of our nation’s buildings is critical to protecting our environment,” said Jean Lupinacci, Chief of the ENERGY STAR Commercial & Industrial Branch. “From the boiler room to the board room, organizations are leading the way by making their buildings more efficient and earning EPA’s ENERGY STAR certification.”
EPA’s ENERGY STAR energy performance scale helps organizations assess how efficiently their buildings use energy relative to similar buildings nationwide. A building that scores a 75 or higher on EPA’s 1-100 scale may be eligible for ENERGY STAR certification. Commercial buildings that can earn the ENERGY STAR include offices, bank branches, data centers, financial centers, retail stores, courthouses, hospitals, hotels, K-12 schools, medical offices, supermarkets, dormitories, houses of worship, and warehouses.
The eight City and County of Denver ENERGY STAR certified buildings include:
The City and County Building and the Eastside Human Services building are both first-time recipients.
Denver is ranked number 9 in the top 25 U.S. Ranked ENERGY STAR Cities with over 195 ENERGY STAR certified buildings citywide.
For more information about ENERGY STAR Certification for Commercial Buildings: http://www.energystar.gov/labeledbuildings.
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About Denver’s Strategic Initiatives Division
Strategic Initiatives (SI) is a division of General Services (GS) responsible for the development, management and administration of energy efficiency programs, ensuring the continued sustainability of those programs, and the Records Management program for the city. SI manages the City’s utilities and monitors progress related to the Government Buildings metrics as part of the Mayor’s 2020 Sustainability Goals. SI also manages the Better Buildings Challenge initiative through the US Department of Energy, which has a goal of reducing energy usage in participating buildings by 20% over 2011 levels by 2020.
About ENERGY STAR
ENERGY STAR was introduced by EPA in 1992 as a voluntary, market-based partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency. Today, the ENERGY STAR label can be found on more than 65 different kinds of products, 1.4 million new homes, and 20,000 commercial buildings and industrial plants that meet strict energy-efficiency specifications set by the EPA. Over the past twenty years, American families and businesses have saved more than $230 billion on utility bills and prevented more than 1.8 billion metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions with help from ENERGY STAR.
For more information about ENERGY STAR Certification for Commercial Buildings: www.energystar.gov/labeledbuildings