Sustainable Buildings and Operations

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ENERGY STAR Benchmarking

Everyone has heard of the old adage, ďYou canít manage what you donít measure.Ē Nowhere is that more evident than in the building industry today. Over the past few decades, major industries such as technology, manufacturing and retail have built vast information system networks which enable decision makers to extract millions of dollars of profit from their processes. Unfortunately, the real estate industry has largely lagged behind, leaving an incredible amount of wealth on the table. Through energy performance benchmarking, Sustainable Solutions Corporation provides owners and property managers the tools and insight to significantly reduce operating expenses and realize bottom line savings.

ENERGY STAR Overview

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's ENERGY STAR Program has developed energy performance rating systems for most commercial and institutional building types, along with multifamily residential properties. These ratings, on a scale of 1 to 100, provide a means for benchmarking the energy efficiency of specific buildings and industrial plants against the energy performance of similar facilities. Buildings that score a 75 or greater may qualify for ENERGY STAR certification.

SSC has achieved Partner Level as a Service and Product Provider with the ENERGY STAR Program, recognizing the extensive work conducted on numerous buildings to obtain certification. SSC delivers exceptional customer service and provides ongoing support. Specific benefits afforded by ENERGY STAR benchmarking include:

Energy Disclosure

Energy disclosure legislation is a relatively new development proliferating through the federal, state, municipal, and organizational levels. Energy disclosure requires that commercial buildings benchmark and disclose energy performance annually or face steep financial penalties. The availability of this information will drive the market toward the most energy efficient buildings, as prospective tenants will have the ability to conduct side-by-side comparisons of building operating costs. This effect is already evident, with GSA regulations requiring all leases above 10,000 SF to be ENERGY STAR certified, and markets such as New York City (Local Law 84) and Washington, D.C. (The Clean and Affordable Energy Act of 2008) enacting legislation. SSC has extensive experience in meeting these legislative requirements for our clients and will ensure that your organization complies with all applicable regulations. For a full listing of current or proposed legislation by state, please visit http://www.buildingrating.org/.