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Metro Atlanta Has 3rd Most Energy Star Certified Buildings

Metro Atlanta moves from 5th to 3rd place in one year on the Environmental Protection Agency's annual list.

The metropolitan Atlanta area has 318 Energy Star certified buildings on the list; growing from 304 in 2013. Courtesy Energy Star Facebook page
The metropolitan Atlanta area has 318 Energy Star certified buildings on the list; growing from 304 in 2013. Courtesy Energy Star Facebook page
Patch Staff Report

On Thursday, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the sixth annual list of the top 25 U.S. metropolitan areas with the most Energy Star certified buildings.

The cities on this list demonstrate the economic and environmental benefits achieved by facility owners and managers when they apply a proven approach to energy efficiency to their buildings.

Buildings earning Energy Star certification use an average of 35 percent less energy and are responsible for 35 percent fewer greenhouse gas emissions than typical buildings.

The Top 10 cities on the list are: Los Angeles; Washington, D.C.; Atlanta; New York; San Francisco; Chicago; Dallas; Denver; Philadelphia; and Houston.

“The City of Atlanta is honored to be ranked in EPA’s 2014 Top Cities list,” said Mayor Kasim Reed in a press release. “Atlanta is a city committed to energy efficiency best practices and improving our Energy Star ranking for the metropolitan area is a reflection of that commitment. The City of Atlanta commends the owners and building operators for choosing to build efficiently, to retrofit before rebuilding, and for educating their tenants about the importance of energy conservation.”

The metropolitan Atlanta area has 318 Energy Star certified buildings on the list; growing from 304 in 2013. According to the EPA, through energy efficiency measures implemented in these buildings, the area is cutting greenhouse gas emissions equal to emissions from the annual electricity use of more than 52,500 homes and saving more than $53 million in annual utility bills.

Cities are ranked on the list according to how many buildings in their area achieved Energy Star certification in 2013. To qualify for the Energy Star certification, a building must earn a 1 – 100 Energy Star score of 75 or higher, indicating that it outperforms 75 percent of similar buildings nationwide.

A short-list of Energy Star certified buildings in Atlanta includes:

• The Hurt Building (Downtown) – Owned by Boxer Property Management Corporation
• Boys & Girls Clubs of America Headquarters (Midtown) – Owned by BGCA
• The Pinnacle (Buckhead) – Owned by TIAA-CREF-Managed by Cushman & Wakefield
• Birdine Neighborhood Center (Southwest) – Owned by City of Atlanta
• Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Atlanta (Buckhead) – Owned by UUCA
• Randolph Elementary School (Southwest) – Owned by Fulton County Board of Education

“Atlanta’s ranking shows how America’s leading cities are embracing efforts to protect the environment and fight climate change,” Jean Lupinacci, chief of the Energy Star Commercial & Industrial program, said in the release. “This partnership between cities and business leaders demonstrates the tangible benefits that result from embracing energy efficiency as a simple and effective way to save money, reduce emissions, and protect the environment.”

Commercial buildings that earn EPA’s Energy Star must outperform 75 percent of similar buildings nationwide, as verified by a professional engineer or a registered architect. Many types of commercial facilities can earn the Energy Star, including office buildings, K-12 schools, and retail stores.

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