Energy Star Certification

What:

ENERGY STAR certified buildings save energy and save money as well as help protect the environment by generating fewer greenhouse gas emissions than a typical building. To be certified as ENERGY STAR, a building must meet strict energy performance standards set by EPA. Benchmarking provides guidance to successfully save energy, assess current operating energy efficiency, and help make informed management and investment decisions.

ENERGY STAR benchmarking of your building is a key first step to understanding and reducing energy consumption and your carbon footprint. All buildings can assess their energy performance, what efficiency, and carbon emissions using Portfolio Manager. We help you throughout the process by getting all the necesarry information and help you achieve your goals.

Benchmarking the energy performance of your buildings is a key first step to understanding and reducing energy consumption and your carbon footprint. All buildings can assess their energy performance, water efficiency, and carbon emissions using Portfolio Manager.

ENERGY STAR building must earn an ENERGY STAR score of 75 or higher in order to be ENERGY STAR certified. This means that the ENERGY STAR building performs better than at least 75% of similar buildings nationwide.

Through Portfolio Manager, EPA delivers 1-100 ENERGY STAR scores for many types of buildings. The ENERGY STAR score accounts for differences in operating conditions. A low ENERGY STAR performance rating means a high energy use index (BTU per ft2, BTU per patient, etc.) which means the energy consumption is high.

Home Energy Score:

Home Energy Score was developed by DOE and its national laboratories. The Home Energy Score provides homeowners, buyers, and renters directly comparable and credible information about a home’s energy use.

Imagine you are in the market to buy a car and comparing your options. You are weighing a number of factors in your purchasing decision, including performance, cost, size, and appearance. When you ask the salesperson what the miles-per-gallon rating for each car is, they shrug and say, “I don’t know.” Even if fuel efficiency is not the only factor you are considering, this would probably concern you as a prospective buyer.

And yet, this is how most people make decisions when buying or renting a home: without any information about how much energy the home is expected to use, how much this will cost them, or how to cost-effectively lower energy expenses.

Developed by DOE and its national laboratories, the Home Energy Score provides homeowners, buyers, and renters directly comparable and credible information about a home’s energy use. Like a miles-per-gallon rating for a car, the Home Energy Score is based on a standard assessment of energy-related assets to easily compare energy use across the housing market.

Why:

ENERGY STAR is the most trusted environmental label in the United States. Over 90% of Americans recognize it when they see it. On average, ENERGY STAR buildings use 35% less energy than similar buildings nationwide and the cost savings can be substantial.

ENERGY STAR benchmarking of your building is a key first step to understanding and reducing energy consumption and your carbon footprint. All buildings can assess their energy performance, what efficiency, and carbon emissions using Portfolio Manager. We help you throughout the process by getting all the necessary information and help you achieve your goals.

Process:

There are few steps to achieve ENERGY STAR certification and Impact Energy Consulting manages the entire process for you. the process is in this order: 
  • Join: Sign a Partnership Agreement on your behalf with EPA acknowledging our roles and responsibilities as a partner and documenting all the necessary commitment to meet the MFHR Program Requirements.
  • Design: We submit, on your behalf, your project application and set of designs that meet the ENERGY STAR program requirements through either the Performance Path or the Prescriptive Path.  
  • Build: The construction with the project with the prerequisites and energy conservation measures will be submitted by us, Impact Energy Consulting, as described by the final proposed design.
  • Earn: Impact Energy Consulting submits an As-Built Submittal for final approval, and EPA issues the ENERGY STAR Certification.
  • Perform: Impact Energy Consulting assesses the energy performance of the project using ENERGY STAR’s Portfolio Manager for a minimum period of two years following the date of receipt of the Certificate of Occupancy.

Impact Energy Consulting manages the entire ENERGY STAR process, including administrating the Portfolio Manager tool, inspection of the property, and submission of ENERGY STAR application. After benchmarking is complete, we provide an analysis of energy efficiency through an energy audit and provide suggestions regarding increase energy efficiency.

Successful benchmarking uses the ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager tool to track a building’s energy consumption and to receive an energy performance rating. Portfolio Manager aids in benchmarking buildings’ energy performance, set energy management goals, and identify strategic opportunities for savings and recognition opportunities

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