What is ENERGY STAR?
ENERGY STAR is a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) program that focuses on improving energy performance in buildings as a method of reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The EPA believes that energy efficiency is the first step to green building and that all green buildings should be energy efficient.
The ENERGY STAR program offers technical assistance and recognition to architects, engineers, owners and building managers to help them evaluate energy performance and reduce energy use. Though there may be costs associated with special modeling and analysis of systems to determine energy savings, the EPA does not charge a fee for enrolling in the ENERGY STAR program. For certain types of buildings that perform in the top 25 percent compared to peers nationwide, ENERGY STAR recognition is available as an indicator of superior energy performance. Projects can also achieve Designed to Earn the ENERGY STAR certification to recognize that they were designed to operate at superior energy efficiency.
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