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Energy Star - Make it work for you


Introduction to Energy Star and how it impacts the value of your building. …

Introduction to Energy Star and how it impacts the value of your building.
How can you make your home more efficient and save money.

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  • Some studies show up to 30% lower operating costssurveyed 154 buildings under CBRE’s management, totaling more than 51.6 million square feet and housing 3,000 tenants in ten markets across the U.S. green building as those with LEED certification at any level or those that bear the EPA ENERGY STAR ® label. All of the ENERGY STAR ® buildings in the survey group had been awarded that label since 2008. Most of the buildings included in the research had also adopted other sustainable practices like recycling, green cleaning and water conservation. The survey also indicated that 18% of tenants are willing to pay more for green space, and that tenants believe healthy indoor environments positively impact staff retention (61%) and client image (70%). Additionally, 71% of respondents felt that green lease provisions are increasingly important. According to the study, each additional point of ENERGY STAR ® rating saved 0.8-1.0% in electricity and separate metering yielded a 21% energy savings, more than any other factor.
  • 187 Energy Star rated buildings from Sandusky to Youngstown


  • 1. ENERGY STARMake it work for you7.13.2011
  • 2. Orientation
    Why energy conservation matters
    How Energy Star can help
    Why ratings matter
    What is Energy Star
    How to Implement
    Using Energy Star to design
    Energy Star at home
  • 3. Why ???
    Total Energy Use in the United States from Buildings
  • 4. Why ???
    US Electricity Use
  • 5. Why ???
    Global Crisis
  • 6. Why it is good for your bottom line!!
    Source: Athena Institute
  • 7. Why it is good for your bottom line!!
    Finance costs
    Building Management
    Operating expenses
    Utility Savings
    i.e. Cleaning
    Pest Management
    Water, Sewage
    Utility savings go to the tenant, if above baseline year and the owner if below.
    Less expenses + more profit
    Less dependent on energy cost increases
    Less risks
    More net rent
    Option 1 – Gross lease
    Less expenses
    Less dependent on energy cost increases
    Less risks
    Utility savings go to the tenant or owner
    Option 2 – Net lease or owner occupied
  • 8. 25% increase from 2005-2010
  • 9. Why – Market conditions
    Source: Study of University of San Diego 2010 by Galuppo & Tu
  • 10. Rental Rates with Energy Star
  • 11. Source:
  • 12. Rental Rates with Energy Star
  • 13. Source:
  • 14. Source:
  • 15. Source:
  • 16. Source:
  • 17. Why – the competition
    Source: Sustainable Rhythm, 2011
  • 18. Why – Tenant demand
    Tenants are requiring it
    SFO’s include Green lease submittals: Statement of Energy Performance from the Energy Star Portfolio Manager
    ≠ Energy Star BUT it’s a means to compare building’s energy performance and therefore operating expenses
    • At least 1 year of energy bills, not more then 4 months before offer date
    • 19. Verified by licensed professional
    • 20. Building must be more than 50% occupied for representative data
    • 21. No minimum rating required
    Energy Star Portfolio Manager as tracking tool for the federal government’s reporting of emission reduction
  • 22. Source:
  • 23. Utility Rebate programsFirst Energy - Mercantile customer program
    Necessary Information
    Receipts/ Invoices of investment, technical information, drawings, calculations
    First Energy Customer information
    Use and operating hours
    Energy consumption/costs for 1 or 3 years (1 for cash option)
  • 24. Energy Star Portfolio Manager tracks energy consumption and automatically adjusts for weather
    Energy Star Portfolio Manger helps to tracks the impact of efficiency measures
  • 25. Utility Rebate programsFirst Energy – Energy Efficiency Incentive Program
    Necessary Information
    Receipts/ Invoices of investment, technical information, drawings, calculations
    First Energy Customer information
    Use and operating hours
  • 26. Federal Tax Benefits
    “Energy-efficient commercial building property” may qualify for a tax deduction of $1.80 per square foot or partial deduction of up to $0.60 for heating, cooling, lighting and building envelope
    Deduction in the year the property was place in service before 31st Dec 2013 by the person or organization making the expenditures. Can be building owner or tenant.
    Not related, licensed engineer or contractor needs to provide the calculation and documentation for the taxpayer. Documentation must include:
    Watch the details
    Energy savings calculation according to ASHRAE 90.1-2004 Appendix G
    Compliance of building measures according to ASHRAE 90.1-2001
    Field inspection including testing
    Certifier to provide projected energy costs and savings
    Accelerated depreciation of smart meters and smart grid systems: 10 years
    Tax credits up to 30% for renewable energy investments, 10% for geothermal and CHP systems
  • 27. ENERGY STARIntroduction
    Government sponsored program by the EPA and DOE
    Rates: Buildings, Equipment, Products, Homes
    Free Online tool provided – Energy Star Portfolio manager
    Evaluates your property and compares to other buildings in your industry
    Energy Star rated Building consume less energy than average building stock
  • 28. How to Implement
    Plan for Action
  • 29. What you need
    • SF of different space types
    • 30. # of employees
    • 31. Hours of service
    • 32. # of computers
    • 33. Specialty info (washing, cooking, registers refrigeration)
    • 34. 12 Months (at least!) of utility bills
  • Example ESPM Data
    Source: CoStar 2008
  • 35. Portfolio ManagerPerformance Report
    Statement of Energy Performance
    Document summarizes a buildings information in an understandable, easy-to-use, business transaction format
    Leasing, building sales, appraisals, insurance, staff management/tenants/customers, and energy contracts
    Validated by a Professional Engineer or Registered Architect
    Satisfy LEED for Existing Buildings (LEED-EB) requirements
    This is a required component of a buildings application for Energy Star
  • 36. Portfolio ManagerDesign Tool
    Architect, Developer, and Building owner roles
    Use Energy Design Guidance
    Set Energy use targets & Rate Design
    Using Target Finder whole-building energy analysis
    Apply to Earn the Energy Star
  • 37. Portfolio ManagerDesign to Earn the ENERGY STAR
  • 38. Energy Star Works for YouSummary
    Energy efficiency = less costs, more money
    Can’t manage what you don’t measure
    ESPM is a free, online measurement tool
    Helps with planning and design
    Rewards and recognition, financial incentives
    Risk of not taking action = losing tenants
  • 39. What to Expect from Home Performance with ENERGY STAR
    Potential utility bill savings of 20% or more
    Fewer drafts and more comfortable rooms
    Consistent temperatures across rooms
    Better ventilation and humidity control
    Quality assurance inspections to make sure work gets done right
    Reduce greenhouse gas emission to protect the environment
  • 40. Introduction
    Dominion East Ohio (DEO) is offering the Home Performance with ENERGY STAR Program to improve the energy performance, durability, healthiness, and safety of existing residential housing in their service territory.
    Price of audit is $50.00, which can be refunded if home improvements are made, or the option of a free carbon monoxide detector is included.
    As part of the program, rebates are being offered for a variety of energy efficiency improvements.
  • 41. How The Program Works
    Conducting a blower door test will help the auditor measure how much air is leaking from your home and where it is leaking.
    Using an infrared camera will produce a thermal image that will show the areas in your home where there is inadequate insulation. These areas would be otherwise undetectable with the naked eye (i.e., behind walls)
    Inspecting and testing combustion appliances such heating equipment, water heaters and ovens for proper performance and carbon monoxide will determine if dangerous gasses are being introduced into your home.
  • 42. How The Program Works
    Receive energy efficiency improvements as part of the assessment at no extra cost; improvements installed in your home may include:
    HVAC Filters
    Weather Stripping
    Door Sweeps
    Low-Flow Showerhead
    Foam Insulation
    Water Heater Pipe Wrap
    Kitchen and Bathroom Aerators
    Duct Sealing
  • 43. Do-It-Yourself Rebate Options
  • 44. Incentives Continued
  • 45. Who Can Participate?
    Individually metered residential customers of Dominion East Ohio with an active account.
    Customers who live in:
    Single family homes
    Mobile Homes
    Renters are eligible with written landlord permission.
  • 46. Program Summary
    Sign up for a Home Performance Assessment
    Call toll free @ 877-287-3416
    Cost is $50.00 (Retail Value of $500)
    GoodCents auditor performs the comprehensive energy audit
    Use a participating contractor to perform work
    GoodCents performs a test-out on completed work
    Receive rebates on installed eligible measures once your home passes the test-out
  • 47. Contact Information
    Call us toll free at
    Visit us on our website at
  • 48. Thank you!
    Susann Geithner
    Director of Sustainability
    HSB Architects & Engineers
    216.586.0229 Ext 11
    Laura Steinbrink
    Humanity’s Loom 866.650.4114 Ext 800
    Matt Setzekorn
    Integrated Engineering Consultants
    Katie Schade
    Technical Resource Manager
    Good Cents
    800-800.653.3445 Ext 1885
  • 49. Questions