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What does it mean for your building to become certified?

Buildings certified by ENERGY STAR not only contribute to energy conservation but also offer financial savings while actively contributing to environmental protection by emitting fewer greenhouse gases compared to standard buildings. Achieving ENERGY STAR certification involves meeting stringent energy performance criteria established by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

In particular, a building seeking ENERGY STAR certification must attain a score of 75 or higher on the EPA’s 1-100 scale. This score signifies that the building outperforms at least 75% of similar structures nationwide in terms of energy efficiency. The 1-100 ENERGY STAR score is derived from the measured energy consumption of the building, and its calculation occurs within the EPA’s ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager tool. This scoring mechanism considers various factors, including operating conditions, regional weather data, and other relevant considerations. The certification process reflects a commitment to energy efficiency, financial benefits, and environmental responsibility.

How is verification done?

Certification is granted annually, necessitating consistent high performance for a building to maintain its certified status each year. To qualify for approval, the details provided in the certification application must undergo verification by a licensed Professional Engineer (PE) or Registered Architect (RA).

Their role involves reviewing and approving specific elements in your application, such as property use characteristics (including building square footage), energy data, and compliance with indoor environment criteria. This rigorous process ensures that the building not only achieves but sustains the specified standards, reinforcing the credibility and reliability of the certification.

How can you apply?

F&D Partners seamlessly manages the entire certification process, guiding clients from the initial stages to obtaining certification from a licensed engineer. Our approach involves a meticulous three-step process:

STEP 1: Attain an ENERGY STAR Score of 75 or Higher

For those unfamiliar with the process, our team offers comprehensive guidance in navigating the “use Portfolio Manager” section. We ensure a solid understanding of benchmarking essentials and the 1-100 ENERGY STAR score.

Step 2: Submit Your Application in Portfolio Manager

Leveraging the ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager, an online tool developed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), F&D Partners empowers commercial building owners and managers. This platform facilitates the quantification and monitoring of energy consumption, water usage, waste generation, and greenhouse gas emissions in a secure online environment. Users can prioritize investments, identify under-performing buildings, validate efficiency improvements, and potentially gain EPA recognition for outstanding energy performance.

Step 3: Verification of Your Application

F&D Partners ensures the thorough verification and endorsement of your application by a licensed Professional Engineer (PE) or Registered Architect (RA), guaranteeing the highest level of certification compliance. We handle the entire process to ensure our clients receive the certification they deserve.

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