ENERGY STAR®

Benchmarking

Save More, Use Less, and Earn the ENERGY STAR

Did you know that a building or manufacturing plant can earn ENERGY STAR certification just like your refrigerator? An ENERGY STAR certified facility meets strict energy performance standards set by EPA and uses less energy, is less expensive to operate, and causes fewer greenhouse gas emissions than its peers. Energy use in commercial buildings and manufacturing plants accounts for nearly half of all energy consumption in the U.S. at a cost of over $200 billion per year, more than any other sector of the economy. Commercial and industrial facilities are also responsible for nearly half of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions which contribute to climate change.

For more than a decade, EPA has worked with businesses and organizations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through strategic energy management practices. To qualify for the ENERGY STAR, a building or manufacturing plant must earn a 75 or higher on EPA’s 1-100 energy performance scale, indicating that the facility performs better than at least 75% of similar buildings nationwide. The ENERGY STAR energy performance scale accounts for differences in operating conditions, regional weather data, and other important considerations.

Please submit your name, email and “Energy Star Benchmarking” in the subject line and one of our representatives will contact you to discuss how we can assist you.

What types of facilities are eligible to earn the ENERGY STAR?

Commercial Buildings Manufacturing Plants
Bank branches Auto assembly plants
Courthouses Cement plants
Data centers Container glass manufacturing
Dormitories Cookie and cracker baking plants
Financial centers Flat glass manufacturing
Hospitals Frozen fried potato processing plants
Hotels Juice processing
House of worship Petroleum refineries
K-12 schools Pharmaceutical manufacturing plants
Medical offices Pulp and paper plants
Offices Wet corn mills
Retailers
Senior Care
Supermarkets
Warehouses

For manufacturing plants, energy managers input key plant operating data into a plant energy performance indicator (EPI) to receive an energy efficiency score on a scale of 1 to 100. Plants achieving a score of 75 or higher may be eligible for the ENERGY STAR. For those plants that are eligible, download the application forms from the ENERGY STAR website and submit them to EPA along with the necessary verifications. Learn more about this process.

How will the ENERGY STAR benefit my organization?

Your organization benefits in three ways: First, you will know that you are doing your part to fight climate change by using less energy than your peers. Second, your bottom line benefits from increased energy savings. Third, you’re showing the world that your organization is making a commitment to reduce its impact on the environment. You establish yourself as a leader doing what’s right for the planet and for future generations. Research shows significant portions of our population prefer to work for or do business with organizations they perceive to be environmentally responsible.

Additionally, EPA is here to help you promote your achievement. Each year, EPA releases information to the press about buildings and manufacturing plants that have earned the prestigious ENERGY STAR, occasionally shining a media spotlight on certain buildings. Within the ENERGY STAR program, it is also possible to receive public recognition as an ENERGY STAR Partner or Leader, or to earn the coveted Partner of the Year Award.