ENERGY STAR Buildings: Top 10 Cities

04/30/2018 | By Janelle Penny

Los Angeles took the top honors in the EPA’s 10th annual Top Cities rankings, which honors the metropolitan areas and sustainable communities with the most buildings earning ENERGY STAR certification each year.

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With 716 structures certified during the last calendar year, the City of Angels regained the highest ranking of sustainable communities, exceeding its 2016 certification count by 185 buildings. Washington, D.C., has placed first for the past three years, but this year fell to second with 661 newly certified buildings. Dallas skipped three spots to land at third with 468, and Atlanta and New York City took fourth and fifth with 441 and 434 ENERGY STAR certified buildings, respectively.

Committed to Reduced Energy Costs

“Earning a spot on the ENERGY STAR Top Cities list is a recognition of commitment to cutting building-related energy costs and reducing waste,” says EPA Assistant Administrator for Air and Radiation Bill Wehrum. “With help from ENERGY STAR, city leaders and building owners are working together to strengthen their economies, foster competition and create a healthier environment.”

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A building that has earned ENERGY STAR certification is more energy-efficient than 75% of similar buildings nationwide. Facilities managers use the EPA’s free Portfolio Manager tool to verify building performance.

Portfolio Manager is often the benchmarking framework of choice for sustainable communities that require buildings to report energy and water consumption. This energy efficiency strategy was implemented in Los Angeles last year for commercial and multifamily buildings over 100,000 square feet.

The new requirement might be the reason that so many LA-area buildings applied for certification last year. The buildings that gained certification in 2017 are now saving roughly $229 million per year on their energy bills and avoiding the emission of 428,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide.

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Top 10 Energy Star Cities & Sustainable Communities

Rank

Metro Area

2017 Certified Buildings

Cost Savings (in millions)

1

Los Angeles

716

$229

2

Washington, D.C.

661

$174

3

Dallas

468

$65

4

Atlanta

441

$84

5

New York

434

$261

6

San Francisco

378

$186

7

Chicago

339

$129

8

Phoenix

303

$60

9

Denver

265

$60

10

Houston

247

$72

 
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