Energy Star® Score For Existing Multifamily Properties Now Live in Portfolio Manager!
What is it?
You’ve probably seen the recognizable blue certification on commercial buildings and products such as appliances, electronics and light bulbs. Now existing multifamily properties are eligible for the Energy Star® certification, too!
Here’s how it works:
- Alliance properties utilizing Conservice and SyNERGY are automatically uploaded into the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Energy Star® Portfolio Manager database. This tool is used to meet energy benchmarking legislation in certain markets, in addition to tracking our communities’ energy and water consumption and benchmark the performance of our buildings.
- Any property with access to energy usage data for the entire building (common areas and residential consumption) is eligible to receive a score from one to 100. A median score is 50, and a score of 75 or higher means your property may be eligible for the Energy Star® certification and is performing among the top 25 percent of similar buildings nationwide!
- Certification requires verification and an on-site visit from a licensed Professional Engineer (PE) or Registered Architect (RA). Applying for certification is free; however, site visits will incur a cost which varies by vendor. Once the verification is complete, the PE or RA will issue the certification!
What does this mean for you?
Access to the Energy Star® Portfolio Manager database is restricted to Conservice and Alliance’s sustainability department, so properties are reviewed internally for eligibility. Kelly Vickers will contact any property that meets the 75+ score requirement with instructions on how to proceed. Whole building data is occasionally difficult to obtain and Alliance’s sustainability department is working closely with Conservice to determine feasible markets. Stay tuned for more information!
Have a question or want to learn more? Email Kelly Vickers at firstname.lastname@example.org