02/25/2014

Commercial Buildings See a Big Payoff with EPA Partnerships

Programs prove to be good for business and the environment

 

Green Power Purchased and GHG Emissions Reductions
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Time and budget constraints often make green initiatives difficult to implement, but with the EPA’s publication of its Climate Protection Partnerships 2012 Report, facility managers now have data to demonstrate a program’s worth on a building’s bottom line. The report highlighted the advancements of the EPA’s 13 partnerships.

The achievements of organizations that participated in ENERGY STAR programs were a major win. The EPA examined more than 35,000 commercial buildings that consistently used the ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager tool from 2008 to 2011. The buildings slashed greenhouse gas emissions by 6% and energy savings improved by 7%, on average.

Commercial buildings that earned the ENERGY STAR certification faired even better – ENERGY STAR buildings emit 35% fewer greenhouse gas emissions and use 35% less energy than average buildings. By the end of 2012, more than 20,000 facilities earned the certification. According to the report, the economic impact of participation in these programs is $7.5 billion.

Two other partnerships that saw success were the Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Partnership and the Green Power Partnership (GPP). The CHP Partnership assisted in the deployment of more than 156 mW of CHP systems nationwide, which accounts for 18% of all new CHP systems. In 2012, efforts from this partnership accounted for the reduction of 31.6 million metric tons of carbon dioxide (MMTCO2e).

The GPP is a voluntary program that encourages organizations to buy green power to reduce the environmental impacts associated with purchased electricity use. More than 1,400 organizations are a part of the GPP and have committed to buying about 29 billion kWh of green power annually – enough electricity to run more than 2 million average American homes for one year.

To see the full report, visit www.energystar.gov.

 


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Visit our website today to learn about the design flexibility of a Morton building and the endless possibilities of partnering with our designBUILD team.


Wood construction is both cost and energy efficient. Check out Morton Buildings and our designBUILD team online today to discover all the benefits of post-frame construction.


When choosing a metal-clad building for your next construction project, consider Morton Buildings, Inc., and their designBUILD team, we’ll make your dream a reality.

We Can Help You Reduce Energy by 30%

Our mission is to help our customers manage their buildings' energy costs, improve reliability, and enhance performance while having a positive impact on the environment.
CLICK HERE to find out how.

Add highly responsive multi-zone comfort to any building project, in any climate. Our CITY MULTI H2i R2- and Y-Series VRF systems give you flexibility to fit the needs of any building. Enjoy 100% heating capacity at 0°F outdoor ambient, and 85% heating capacity at -13°F outdoor ambient.  For more information, log on to www.mitsubishipro.com

 
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