Energy-saving buildings recognized
Washington, DC— Energy Star
status was conferred on more than 2,500 office buildings, schools,
hospitals, and public buildings for superior energy and environmental
performance in 2005 by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
(EPA). The buildings, representing 482 million square feet, are
saving an estimated $349 million annually in lower energy bills
while meeting industry standards for comfort and indoor air quality.
The buildings are preventing 1.8 billion pounds of greenhouse
gas emissions, equivalent to emissions from 540,000 vehicles.
Commercial buildings account
for more than 17 percent of our nation’s greenhouse gas
emissions. Energy Star-qualified buildings generally use up to
40 percent less energy than typical buildings. Building owners
earn the Energy Star by scoring in the top 25 percent on EPA’s
energy performance rating system. Scores are based on actual energy
Among the top performing buildings
are 1,007 office buildings, 501 public schools and 834 grocery
stores. More than 200 hotels, hospitals, medical offices, and
other buildings also earned the Energy Star.
Food Lion leads the list as owner
of the most Energy Star buildings. Top-performing buildings are
found in every state in the nation and the District of Columbia.
The most Energy Star buildings are located in California, Texas,
North Carolina, Virginia, Colorado, and Ohio.