Los Angeles tops the list of US cities with the greatest number of energy efficient buildings for the second year running, according the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Washington DC, San Francisco, Denver, Chicago, Houston, Lakeland, Dallas-Fort Worth, Atlanta and New York also make it into the top ten cities with the most Energy Star rated buildings.
The EPA awards the Energy Star label to buildings with energy performance that ranks in the top 25% of similar buildings nationwide.
“These cities see the importance of taking action on climate change and are working with EPA to fight back," says Gina McCarthy of the EPA.
Since the EPA started awarding buildings with the Energy Star in 1999, over 9000 buildings have joined the ranks. Last year, nearly 3900 commercial buildings earned the label, representing a 40% increase over the previous year.
The EPA estimates that the buildings gaining the Energy Star label last year will achieve savings of over $900 million in energy bills and 4.7 million metric tons of CO2.
For further information:
California adopts state-wide green building code (28-Jan)
US green building sector to contribute $554 billion to economy by 2013 (13-Nov 2009)
California plans to make “energy efficiency a way of life” (25-Sept 2009)
Californian cities top energy-efficient building league table (10-Mar 2009)
25 March 2010