能源之星

能源之星 is a program created and administered by the Environmental Protection Agency. The program has two components: the 能源之星 appliance labeling system, which helps consumers identify energy efficient microwaves, 电视, 和其他物品, 和投资经理, an online tool used to track energy and water consumption in buildings.

Portfolio Manager is of particular importance to the commercial real estate industry, as is it used to benchmark energy consumption data of more than 40 percent of domestic commercial building space. 参与是自愿的, 虽然有一些地方政府, 除了加州之外, require its use in order to enforce mandatory benchmarking laws. The data can be applied to a standardized national benchmark and helps building owners and architects assess energy use relative to similar buildings in the program. 此外, buildings that meet certain EPA criteria for energy efficiency are deemed “能源之星 certified,” making them more attractive to tenants and investors.

问题

As part of a broader effort to cut federal spending levels, President Trump has previously proposed eliminating the 能源之星 program. Doing so would not only deprive the real estate community of a valuable tool to monitor, 比较, 减少能源消耗, but would also create significant compliance issues for building owners in localities that require the disclosure of benchmarking data. While NAIOP continues to oppose such mandates – the 能源之星 Portfolio Manager tool was originally conceived as a voluntary program, rather than a directive – these laws are already well established, and elimination of 能源之星 would create uncertainty for public and private sector stakeholders.

状态

Congress is in the process of developing legislation that will set federal agency spending levels. These appropriations bills will ultimately determine the fate of the 能源之星 program.
 
此外, EPA recently updated its scoring models to account for new consumption data. These models had not been updated in over a decade, and thus buildings were being benchmarked against data from 2003. Because the newer data reflects a more efficient stock of buildings (due to changing technology, 租户的偏好, 以及2003年以来的其他因素), 能源之星 scores for most properties declined.

To more thoroughly assess the impact of these changes, EPA halted all new 能源之星 certifications and initiated a review of its models.

位置

NAIOP supports voluntary measures to promote energy efficiency, and has joined with others in the real estate community to convey to lawmakers the importance of maintaining programs like 能源之星 that are voluntary in nature.

谈话要点

  • 能源之星 is a voluntary program that leverages public-private partnerships to reduce energy consumption.
  • Portfolio Manager is used to track the energy usage of more than 40 percent of all U.S. 商业地产空间, including in several localities that mandate disclosure of this information. Eliminating the program would therefore lead to significant compliance challenges for local governments and private sector businesses alike.
  • “能源之星”可以创造就业机会, and encourages well-paying American manufacturing, 建设, 和其他相关工作.
  • The program saves billions of dollars for families and businesses. In 2015 alone, businesses cumulatively saved $3.4 billion on utility bills through the 能源之星 buildings program.
  • 能源之星 enhances the nation’s energy security and independence, and incentivizes the 建设 of resilient buildings and infrastructure.
  • The program boosts real estate property values, as 能源之星-rated buildings have become an important indicator for profitable and sustainable assets, 投资者和租户的两个关键指标.

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