The US Environmental Protection Agency recognized 13 companies that each earned ENERGY STAR certification for at least 150 facilities last year. Collectively, these 13 ENERGY STAR Top Certifiers saved $562 million on their utility bills.
The ENERGY STAR Top Certifiers with number of buildings certified in 2014 are:
- Cenergistic, 490
- CBRE, 420
- Goby, 346
- Target Corporation, 261
- Burton Energy Group, 201
- Staples, 201
- JLL, 199
- Ecova, 175
- JDM, 171
- LORD Green Real Estate Strategies, 170
- Marketable Engineered Projects, dba Maximum Energy Professionals, 163
- The Kroger Co., 162
- Sustainable Investment Group, 154
To earn EPA’s ENERGY STAR, buildings must first measure their energy performance using EPA’s online energy management and tracking tool, ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager. Plants use a similar tool called an Energy Performance Indicator. These tools calculate a 1-100 ENERGY STAR score for each facility, which signifies how it performs relative to similar facilities nationwide. If a building earns a score of 75 or higher, a professional engineer or registered architect verifies that the building’s energy data and operating characteristics are correct and that the building meets indoor air quality standards. If a plant earns a score of 75 or higher, it must satisfy an environmental compliance screen. Once this step has been completed, EPA awards the building or plant with the ENERGY STAR.