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EPA Recognizes Buildings for Superior Energy Performance

Release Date: 05/9/2003
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Cathy Milbourn 202-564-7824/

(05/09/03) To date, over 1,000 of the nation’s most energy efficient buildings have earned EPA’s ENERGY STAR designation for superior energy performance. The buildings receiving these awards use about 40 percent less energy than average buildings, without compromising comfort or services. In 2002 alone, these ENERGY STAR qualifying buildings spent $130 million less in energy bills and reduced carbon dioxide by 2.6 billion pounds compared to average buildings. Over the past two years, 1,075 ENERGY STAR awards went to buildings in 47 states and the District of Columbia, with California, Texas, Colorado, and Wisconsin each having over 50 qualifying buildings. Among the top performing buildings are: 339 properties owned by commercial real estate organizations and leased to commercial tenants; 335 public schools; 240 owned and occupied by corporations, including offices, hotels and supermarkets; and 161 owned by federal, state or local governments. Buildings qualify for ENERGY STAR by earning a score of 75 or higher on EPA’s 100-point national energy rating scale. These buildings must also meet industry standards for comfort and indoor air quality, as verified by a professional engineer. For more information go to: or call 1-888-STAR-YES.