The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released its 2015 list of U.S. metropolitan areas with the most ENERGY STAR certified buildings and Boston came in at number ten this year–up from 13 last year–with 176 ENERGY STAR certified buildings.
“Boston has long been a leader in green building policies and we are honored to be included among EPA’s 2015 Top Cities list,” said Mayor Martin J. Walsh. “I applaud all of the local businesses who are helping Boston meet its climate and sustainability goals through energy efficiency. This work not only helps us lower our energy costs, but it leads to a stronger local economy and cleaner community for all of us.”
More than 25,000 buildings across America earned EPA’s ENERGY STAR certification by the end of last year. These buildings saved more than $3.4 billion on utility bills and prevented greenhouse gas emissions equal to the annual electricity use of nearly 2.4 million homes. In the Boston metro area, the 176 ENERGY STAR buildings account for 46.7 million sq feet of real estate. See the full map and list of buildings here.
The energy efficiency measures of these buildings result in a cost savings of over $60 million dollars.
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. ENERGY STAR certified buildings use an average of 35 percent less energy and are responsible for 35 percent fewer greenhouse gas emissions than typical buildings.
For more than 20 years, people across America have looked to EPA’s ENERGY STAR program for guidance on how to save energy, save money, and protect the environment. ENERGY STAR’s Portfolio Manager is the platform used for City’s Building Energy Reporting and Disclosure Ordinance. This tool helps buildings track their energy use and benchmark against similar buildings. The City will be hosting a training on April 16 on the reporting process in partnership with the EPA, Eversource, and National Grid. To learn more about BERDO and the training, visit http://www.cityofboston.gov/eeos/reporting/.
For more information about the 2015 ENERGY STAR Top Cities list, visit www.energystar.gov/TopCities.