April 10, 2014 | IMT

EPA Announces Cities With the Most ENERGY STAR Buildings; Seven of Top 15 Are in City Energy Project

Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the 2014 list of top cities with the most ENERGY STAR-certified buildings. Seven out of the top 15 cities are participants in the City Energy Project, a joint initiative by IMT and the Natural Resources Defense Council to ramp up building efficiency in major cities around the United States.

These and other American cities are seeing the important role that their buildings can play in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. IMT congratulates them on lowering energy bills and reducing harmful pollution by tackling the problem of energy waste.

The top cities, along with the count of 2013 ENERGY STAR buildings in each:

1 Los Angeles  443  City Energy Project
2 Washington, DC 435
3 Atlanta   318  City Energy Project
4 New York  303
5 San Francisco  289
6 Chicago  233  City Energy Project
7 Dallas-Fort Worth 229
8 Denver   221  City Energy Project
9 Philadelphia  210  City Energy Project
10 Houston  204  City Energy Project
11 Charlotte  176
12 Phoenix  156
13 Boston   141  City Energy Project
14 Seattle   127
15 San Diego  123
16 Minneapolis  116
17 Sacramento  109
18 Miami   101
19 Cincinnati   84
20 San Jose, Calif. 83
21 Columbus, Ohio 77
22 Riverside, Calif. 75
23 Detroit, Mich.  73
24 Portland, Ore.  71
25 Louisville, Ky.  60

In most cities, commercial buildings are the largest source of carbon emissions. Chicago, for example, estimates that the energy used by buildings accounts for 70 percent of the city’s carbon emissions. In New York City, that figure jumps to nearly 80 percent.

To date, more than 23,000 buildings across America have earned EPA’s ENERGY STAR. These buildings have saved more than $3.1 billion on utility bills and prevented greenhouse gas emissions equal to the annual electricity use from 2.2 million homes.

Commercial buildings that earn EPA’s ENERGY STAR must perform in the top 25 percent of similar buildings nationwide and must be independently verified by a licensed professional engineer or a registered architect. ENERGY STAR certified buildings use an average of 35 percent less energy and are responsible for 35 percent less carbon emissions than typical buildings. Many types of commercial buildings can earn the ENERGY STAR, including office buildings, K-12 schools, hotels, and retail stores.

More on this year’s top cities: www.energystar.gov/topcities

More on ENERGY STAR certified buildings: www.energystar.gov/buildinglist

More about earning the ENERGY STAR label for commercial buildings: www.energystar.gov/labeledbuildings


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