Los Angeles has topped the US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) annual listing of cities with the most Energy Star certified buildings.
The list of 25 cities includes Washington DC, Atlanta, Chicago, San Francisco, New York, Houston and Dallas, with Riverside in California and Boston making it into the top ten for the first time.
California has the most cities of any state in the listing with a total of six, with northern California alone boasting 600 Energy Star buildings in San Francisco, Sacramento and San Jose.
In total, just under 16,500 Energy Star certified buildings across the US have saved around $2.3 billion in annual utility bills, according to the EPA’s estimates.
For a commercial building to earn an Energy Star rating it must perform in the top 25% of similar buildings nationwide and must be independently verified. On average, Energy Star buildings use 35 % less energy than a typical building and produce 35% less carbon emissions.
The EPA’s Energy Star programme, which now covers 60 products as well as homes and buildings, has now been running for 20 years and has helped save around $230 billion on utility bills and prevented more than 1.7 billion metric tons of carbon emissions across the board.
For further information:
Washington DC buildings LEED the way (23-Jan)
President Obama announces $4 billion for energy upgrades to buildings (5-Dec 2011)
Entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson tackles energy inefficient US buildings (22-Sept 2011)
Over 200 US buildings battle it out in Energy Star competition (2-Aug 2011)
12 April 2012