Why is ENERGY STAR changing?
The ENERGY STAR 2018 update involves updating building comparison data from 2002 data to 2012 data. A lot has changed since 2002 and in the past 16 years commercial properties have evolved to exceed industry energy and sustainability standards. Additionally, improvements have been made on existing buildings thus the data needs to be refreshed to reflect today’s operations. Buildings at the lower end of the certification spectrum with scores of 75-85 are at risk of losing their ENERGY STAR certifications if they didn’t re-certify before the August 2018 deadline.
How are we helping our buildings that are at risk, what are we doing to keep them certified?
We’ve been proactively working with our on-site engineering teams re-certifying buildings before the August 2018 deadline. This allowed our clients’ buildings to stay certified under the 2002 bench marking standards for another year until the 2012 data comparison becomes mandatory. Operationally, our staff is trained to always look for efficiencies whether it be converting to LED’s or implementing the latest technology that will run building equipment at an optimum level.
What are some ways to reduce a building's energy consumption?
You can’t monitor what you don’t measure and you must first benchmark a building’s energy performance. After bench marking, building management teams can begin the process of auditing and exploring options to maximize energy efficiency. LED’s, building retro-commissioning, installing technology devices that such as VFD’s and more energy efficient motors, look at a building’s HVAC schedules, optimizing control sequence and using real time energy monitoring services all can help reduce a building’s energy consumption.
Interested in learning more?
Read more directly from ENERGY STAR here.