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Benchmarking & Energy Efficiency Success Stories


Aspira Apartments, SeattleEnergy Efficiency: A Sound Investment | Aspira Apartments

TIAA-CREF regularly tracks energy and water consumption throughout its office, multifamily and retail properties using the EPA's free benchmarking tool, ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager. Since Aspira was already benchmarked and operating efficiently, its managers were able to apply for ENERGY STAR certification when EPA made it available for multifamily buildings in 2014. Aspira earned a 77 out of a possible 100 points--and was one of the first multifamily properties in the nation to do so. Read the Aspira case study.

Escala CondoLuxury Meets Energy Savings | Escala Condos

Built in 2009, this 31-story luxury high-rise condominium has 270 units outfitted with high-end fixtures and appliances. Between 2013 and 2014, the building's energy use remained stable, even as the number of people living there increased. Escala took advantage of new CFL and LED technologies, and added 164 occupancy sensors to further reduce energy costs. As an added benefit, a rebate from Seattle City Light helped pay for more than 44% of Escala's project. As of 2014, the building had an ENERGY STAR score of 80. Its energy use per square foot is also lower than many other high-rise condos in Seattle. Read the Escala case study.

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Greening a Community & Saving Energy | Horizon House Senior Living

Benchmarking helps Horizon House building managers pinpoint energy-saving opportunities and compare its energy use with other retirement communities to make sure it continues to perform efficiently. In 2012, energy, water and waste conservation efforts at Horizon House saved the community more than $50,000 on utility bills, exceeding projected savings by more than $18,000. Horizon House is on track to become an ENERGY STAR-certified residential complex in 2013, after working to improve its score more than five points in two years. Read the Horizon House case study.

Unlocking Energy Savings in Residential Buildings | Mercer Court Affordable HousingMercer Court image

Benchmarking helped Bellwether identify which of its buildings were the highest energy users and take a strategic approach toward making energy improvements in this affordable housing commity. Through benchmarking, Bellwether found that annual utility expenses at Mercer Court were among the highest of all its buildings. The building was a prime candidate for an energy-efficiency overhaul. Read the Mercer Court case study.


Banking on Energy Efficiency | Verity Credit Unionverity building image

After benchmarking the energy performance of its headquarters for the first time in 2008, Verity's facilities manager was surprised to find that its energy needs had greatly increased over time. Verity improved the energy efficiency of the building and the energy-use habits of those working inside - while continuing to provide a high level of service to its members. In just five years, the building's energy rating improved from an energy score of 48 to a 74 and the credit union reduced its annual energy consumption by 20%. Read the Verity case study

First Step to Energy Savings | Bank of America Fifth Avenue PlazaBank of America image

Hines first began measuring and rating, or "benchmarking," the Bank of America Fifth Avenue Plaza building's energy performance using the EPA's free Energy Star Portfolio Manager in 2000. For the first time, Hines was able to compare the building's energy performance to similar buildings in the Seattle area as well as those within the company portfolio. Hines has continued to benchmark and improve the building's energy performance. By making energy-efficiency upgrades to the building, they have seen significant savings in energy and money. Today, the building has an ENERGY STAR rating of 100, the highest score possible. Read the Bank of America case study.

Dexter Horton BuildingKey to Staying Competitive | Dexter Horton Building

CB Richard Ellis and LaSalle Investment Management are two companies  that understand the value of investing in energy efficient buildings and have set high standards for their portfolio. When the two began working together in 2006 as the asset service and management providers for the historic Dexter Horton building, there was a mutual understanding that they would invest in the upgrades needed to make the building as efficient as possible. By using the EPA's free benchmarking tool, ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager, they were able to see how the building's energy performance compared to similar buildings and knew there was room for improvement. Making energy-efficiency upgrades have paid off in big way. In just a year's time the Dexter Horton building jumped from an energy rating of 60 to 78 and is currently holding a rating of 96. Read the Dexter Horton case study

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