EPA Recognizes Nation's Most Energy Efficient Buildings

March 30, 2000
One hundred of the nation's most energy-efficient buildings received the first Energy Star label from EPA this week.

One hundred of the nation's most energy-efficient buildings received the first Energy Star label for buildings from EPA Administrator Carol M. Browner and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) this week in New York City.

Through Energy Star programs, EPA and DOE offer innovative ways for commercial and industrial property owners and managers to improve energy performance, reduce pollution and improve their bottom line.

"The Clinton-Gore Administration believes that a strong economy and a healthy environment go hand-in-hand," said Browner, "and every one of the buildings on this list demonstrates that energy efficiency is good for the environment and good for business."

A recent study of participants in the Energy Star program found that energy-efficient lighting upgrades in 1,200 businesses increased their total net worth by $2.5 million.

Half the upgrades paid for themselves through reduced energy costs in an average of less than three and a half years.

Additionally, EPA estimates that if all commercial and industrial building owners implemented Energy Star Buildings, they would yield pollution reductions equivalent to those that would be produced by taking 25 million cars off the road.

Some of the buildings recognized were engineered and constructed with energy efficiency in mind.

However, others achieved energy efficiency through renovations such as investments in energy-efficient lighting, machinery, heating, ventilation and air-conditioning equipment.

The buildings and facilities honored as the first 100 to earn the Energy Star label are located across the nation in states such as California, Florida, Colorado, Texas, Alabama, New York and New Jersey.

For further information on the Energy Star label for buildings visit www.energystar.gov.

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