In August, the Environmental Protection Agency plans to publish updated scores based on newer survey data that will include a larger proportion of energy-efficient buildings.
As a result, a building that achieved the Energy Star® status in the past may not compare as well to buildings using the new data set and could see its score fall due to a lower relative standing even if the property’s performance remains unchanged.
Unfortunately, some properties may be at risk of losing either the Energy Star or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification their owners rely on to attract and retain the best employees who want their employers to embrace energy efficiency and sustainable practices.
HVAC contractors should take this opportunity to check with their customers whose buildings have achieved the Energy Star and/or LEED certification(s) and offer to assist them in reevaluating their building’s efficiency rating so as not to lose these valuable credentials. Read more...