EPA’s ENERGY STAR energy performance scale helps organizations assess how efficiently their buildings use energy relative to similar buildings nationwide. A building that scores a 75 or higher on EPA’s 1-100 scale may be eligible for ENERGY STAR certification.
"Already an ENERGY STAR Partner, Ruskin is pleased to accept EPA’s ENERGY STAR certification in recognition of our energy efficiency efforts,” said Joe Enke, Corporate Energy Program Manager. "This is the first Ruskin-owned building to be recognized for performing in the top 25 percent of similar facilities nationwide for energy efficiency and meeting strict energy efficiency performance levels set by the EPA. Through this achievement, we continue to demonstrate our commitment to the environment while also lowering our energy costs.”
Changes made to earn the ENERGY STAR certification included:
Installation of solar panels on the roof
Replacing lighting with more energy-efficient lights
Installing high efficiency HVAC equipment including economizers and ERV’s
Reflective roof coating
Occupied/unoccupied sensors in each office
“Improving the energy efficiency of our nation’s buildings is critical to protecting our environment, “ said Jean Lupinacci, Chief of the ENERGY STAR Commercial & Industrial Branch. “From the boiler room to the board room, organizations are leading the way by making their buildings more efficient and earning EPA’s ENERGY STAR certification.”
About ENERGY STAR
ENERGY STAR was introduced by EPA in 1992 as a voluntary, market-based partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency. Today, the ENERGY STAR label can be found on more than 65 different kinds of products, 1.4 million new homes, and 20,000 commercial buildings and industrial plants that meet strict energy-efficiency specifications set by the EPA. Over the past twenty years, American families and businesses have saved more than $230 billion on utility bills and prevented more than 1.8 billion metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions with help from ENERGY STAR.
For more information about ENERGY STAR Certification for Commercial Buildings: www.energystar.gov/labeledbuildings