Recently, the ENERGY STAR program recognized the top certifiers of ENERGY STAR rated buildings. A total of 13 companies have earned ENERGY STAR certification for 2,600 buildings. Those companies were able to :
- Saved $562 million on their utility bills
- Prevented 2.7 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions
- cut their energy use by 20.5 trillion BTUs.
Several of the top performers have a heavy Kansas City presence. They include:
- CBRE – 420 buildings certified in 2014
- Target Corporation – 346 buildings certified in 2014
- JLL – 199 buildings certified
ENERGY STAR is celebrating its 15th year of existence. The program offers a free, online tool that allows building owners to benchmark their energy use. Those who earn a score of 75 or higher are eligible for ENERGY STAR certification.
The recently passed KCMO Energy Empowerment ordinance requires buildings over a certain size to benchmark and report their energy usage. The program will be phased in over time.