In August, ENERGY STAR updated the data used to generate ENERGY STAR scores to reflect today’s more-efficient building. This update was part of EPA’s standard process to keep ENERGY STAR metrics as current as possible, and reflective of current market performance. With the implementation of the change, ENERGY STAR scores for office buildings have seen portfolio-wide decreases of 10 to 20 points. The effect on your building’s ENERGY STAR score is dependent on its energy use, energy source, business activity, property type, and other variables.
What’s Next: EPA’s 3 Phase Review Period
- Due to user feedback regarding the significant change in ENERGY STAR scores, EPA is implementing a review period , utilizing feedback on the application of models to various commercial building sectors and the resulting scores. *
- Phase 1: Listening & Engagement [ended October 10th]
- Phase 2: Analysis Based on Feedback
- Phase 3: Communication of Results
- Facility managers, building owners, and other interested parties can find out more at the ENERGY STAR website. Answers to additional general questions, such as the following are addressed there:
- What is the latest available market data?
- What does this mean for my ENERGY STAR score?
- What else changed besides updates to 1-100 ENERGY STAR scores?
- What time periods were impacted?
- What steps should I take next?
How can Cushman & Wakefield help your building?
- The new score presents a great opportunity to set new energy efficiency goals! Energy audits and financial analysis can be undertaken to identify the most impactful measures.
- If you would like to improve the energy efficiency of your building and work towards increasing your score, we can help!