Mar 31, 2016
Denver has earned a spot in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) annual list of U.S. metropolitan areas with the most ENERGY STAR certified buildings. The Top Cities list ranks cities according to how many buildings in their area earned ENERGY STAR certification in 2015. To qualify for the ENERGY STAR, a building must outperform 75 percent of similar buildings nationwide, by earning an ENERGY STAR score of 75 or higher on a 1-100 scale.
Denver took ninth place in the Top Cities list, with 215 buildings in the metro area earning the ENERGY STAR in 2015, and ranks fifth for total certified square footage per capita. Denver continues to provide 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.
“We are fully committed to working with our local business leaders to reduce our carbon footprint, spend less on energy, and continue to lead the nation toward a more sustainable future,” Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock said. “This work is critical to our own sustainability goals here in Denver, and we’re proud to have that work recognized by being named a top 10 cities for energy efficient buildings.”
ENERGY STAR certification in Denver has been bolstered by the Denver City Energy Project (DCEP), which launched in late 2014 and aims to unlock $1.3 billion in energy savings by encouraging commercial and multifamily building owners and managers to benchmark their buildings’ energy use using ENERGY STAR’s Portfolio Manager tool.
“EPA is pleased to recognize Denver among America’s top cities paving the path toward a more energy-efficient economy,” said Jean Lupinacci, Chief of the ENERGY STAR Commercial & Industrial program. “Denver and the other top cities continue to demonstrate the economic, public health, and environmental benefits of simple, cost-effective reductions in energy use.”
To date, the Denver City Energy Project benchmarking program has 109 enrolled buildings representing 21 million square feet of commercial and multi-family space in Denver. However, Denver is just beginning to tap into the City’s potential. Current participants still account for only 5.4% of the square footage of buildings over 10,000 square feet in the City. A list of DCEP enrollees can be found at www.denvergov.org/cep.
Denver Metro BOMA’s Watts to Water program also offers training to building owners and managers on how to use ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager and updates them on the most recent rebates and incentives for energy and water conservation. And the Denver 2030 District, an interdisciplinary public-private-nonprofit collaborative, is working to create a groundbreaking high performance building district in downtown Denver.
Adam Knoff, Senior Sustainability Manager for Unico Properties explained, “As an owner with a commitment to sustainable building design and operations, we have benchmarked 100 percent of our 2.4 million square foot portfolio of owned and managed properties in Denver. In doing so, we have unearthed opportunities for additional energy cost savings that benefit our buildings, our tenants, and our communities. Likewise, combining this work with our Denver 2030 District partners and programs, we have helped drive down the cost of doing business in Denver while decreasing our impact on the environment.”
More than 27,000 buildings across America earned EPA’s ENERGY STAR by the end of last year. These buildings saved more than $3.8 billion on utility bills and prevented greenhouse gas emissions equal to the annual electricity use of nearly 2.6 million homes.
Commercial buildings that apply for EPA’s ENERGY STAR must have their performance 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.
For more information about the 2016 ENERGY STAR Top Cities list, visit www.energystar.gov/TopCities.
For more information about ENERGY STAR visit www.energystar.gov/buildings.
For more information about the Denver City Energy Project visit www.denvergov.org/cep.
ENERGY STAR is the simple choice for energy efficiency. For more than 20 years, people across America have looked to EPA’s ENERGY STAR program for guidance on how to save energy, save money, and protect the environment. Behind each blue label is a product, building, or home that is independently certified to use less energy and cause fewer of the emissions that contribute to climate change. Today, ENERGY STAR is the most widely recognized symbol for energy efficiency in the world, helping families and businesses save $300 billion on utility bills, while reducing greenhouse gas emissions by two billion metric tons since 1992. Join the millions who are already making a difference at energystar.gov.