ENERGY STAR is a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy helping us all save money and protect the environment through energy efficient products and practices. The ENERGY STAR Label is applicable to electronic equipment, appliances, HVAC equipment, office buildings, medical buildings, etc. that meet or exceed the EPA standards for energy efficiency.

EPA recognizes top performing buildings with the ENERGY STAR Label. A rating of 75 or higher is required for a building to earn an ENERGY STAR Label. A rating of 75 means that the building is more energy efficient than 75 percent of the other buildings benchmarked in ENERGY STAR. The ENERGY STAR Label is valid for 12 months and must be renewed annually.

To obtain an ENERGY STAR Label and plaque for a building, the property owner or property manager must submit an Application Letter and a Statement of Energy Performance (SEP). The SEP must be validated by a Professional Engineer and sealed with their signature and stamp. The PE must verify the benchmarking data entered into the EPA Portfolio Manager (PM) and conduct an on-site visit to verify that certain building standards such as lighting levels, tenant comfort and indoor air quality (ventilation) are not being sacrificed for the sake of energy conservation.

As an ENERGY STAR Partner, HCE can provide the following services for commercial and medical buildings:

Benchmarking – HCE will establish the benchmark rating of your building in ENERGY STAR’s Portfolio Manager by entering and validating all energy used by the building in the past 12 months. In addition, HCE will enter the appropriate Space Types and populate current Space Attribute values for each Space Type. HCE may request other pertinent information from you to establish an accurate ENERGY STAR rating for current conditions.

Validation - HCE will perform a site visit to measure light levels and assess tenant comfort and indoor air quality for buildings that meet or exceed a rating of 75. We will seal the Statement of Energy Performance and provide the ENERGY STAR Label application package for your submission to EPA. If the rating is less than 75, or if building standards were not met, HCE will inform building management what percent of energy reduction would be needed to achieve a rating of 75.

Consulting – HCE can provide consulting services to support you in obtaining and maintaining ENERGY STAR certification of your building:

  • For example, beginning in June of 2012, all data centers must have metered electric data to qualify for ENERGY STAR. Data centers (IT server rooms with supplemental air conditioning) consume more energy than general office space. Currently, EPA applies estimates for the amount of energy per square foot of data center space. To qualify for ENERGY STAR Label in 2012, buildings will need to begin submetering the IT load downstream of the uninterruptible power supply (UPS) beginning in June 2011. HCE has the electrical engineering and metering experience to ensure you have collected the necessary data.
  • As buildings within Portfolio Manager become more efficient over time, additional efficiencies may be needed at your building to maintain or achieve an ENERGY STAR rating of at least 75. We will work with you to identify capital improvements and recommend energy efficient operations and maintenance practices that will help you achieve this important goal.