However, fewer of us are familiar with another Energy Star program that gauges the Energy Efficiency of entire buildings.
Energy Star Portfolio Manager is an online platform run by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy to collect building energy information. With this data, buildings are rated on a scale of 1 – 100 based on how their energy usage stacks up to other buildings of similar size and type.
Today, over 16 municipalities and states have instituted policies mandating the submission of energy information. Several municipalities have gone so far as to begin phasing in $100/day fines to ensure compliance.
The latest of these is Washington DC, which stands to benefit tremendously from this policy. 75% of all greenhouse gas emissions come from government and commercial buildings, and Utilities is the largest non-fixed expense for buildings owners at 32% of their overall operating expenses. (Sources: DCSEU & BOMA)
As of April 2014, all commercial and multi-family residential buildings larger than 50,000 square feet must comply and report their energy usage data. The full table of scheduled deadlines for differently-sized buildings is below.
By automating energy data submission, Aquicore is a convenient solution for avoiding the administrative hassle of Energy Star’s compliance regulation. Our online platform integrates with Energy Star’s systems and employs our metering capabilities to simplify what would otherwise be a time-consuming and laborious task. With Aquicore, you will never again run the risk of missing your deadlines! We’re excited to help Washington properties take care of their building needs as we help save them energy! To learn more, please feel free to contact us.