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EPA Recognizes Buildings for Superior Energy Performance
Release Date: 05/9/2003
Cathy Milbourn email@example.com
(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: http://www.energystar.gov or call 1-888-STAR-YES.