DC Tops the EPA’s List for Most Energy Star Certified Buildings

Washington, DC Tops EPA’s List of Cities with the Most Energy Star Certified Buildings/Energy efficiency leads to a stronger economy and healthier environment

EPA, March 30, 2016. Image credit: patticake1601

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced its eighth-annual “Top Cities” list, which ranks the 25 U.S. metropolitan areas with the most Energy Star certified commercial buildings in the preceding calendar year. For the second year in a row, Washington, D.C. held its lead with 686 certified buildings. Los Angeles came in second with 527 buildings followed by third place San Francisco with 355 buildings. Atlanta and New York City round out the top five, each with more than 300 Energy Star certified buildings. The Top Cities list illustrates how cities across America are embracing energy efficiency as a proven path to financial savings and a healthier environment.

Public and privately-owned commercial buildings contribute roughly 16 percent of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions and cost American organizations and cities more than $100 billion per year in energy bills. Since 1999, more than 27,000 buildings across America have earned EPA’s Energy Star certification, which signifies proven, superior energy performance. On average, these certified buildings use 35 percent less energy and are responsible for 35 percent fewer carbon dioxide emissions than typical buildings. These buildings have saved more than $3.8 billion on utility bills and prevented greenhouse gas emissions equal to the emissions from the annual electricity use of more than 2.6 million homes.

To be eligible for Energy Star certification, a building must be independently verified to perform better than at least 75 percent of similar buildings nationwide. Office buildings, schools, retail stores, supermarkets, hotels, and many other common building types are eligible to earn the Energy Star certification.

In addition to certifying top-performing buildings, Energy Star offers valuable tools and resources to help building owners and managers measure and improve energy performance in virtually any type of building. Financial savings can be captured through low- and no- cost improvements, and larger upgrades typically pay for themselves within a few years.

To create the annual list, EPA tallies the number of Energy Star certified buildings within each metropolitan area, as defined by the U.S. Census Bureau. These areas include the city itself, as well as surrounding towns and suburbs.

The top 25 cities are:
Rank Metro Area 2015 Building Count
1. Washington, DC 686
2. Los Angeles 527
3. San Francisco 355
4. Atlanta 311
5. New York City 303
6. Chicago 281
7. Dallas-Fort Worth 249
8. Houston 231
9. Denver 215
10. Phoenix 190
11. Boston 157
12. Philadelphia 156
13. Minneapolis-St. Paul 131
14. Seattle 122
15. San Diego 120
16. Riverside 118
17. San Jose 114
18. Miami 104
19. Sacramento 103
20. Portland, Ore. 74
21. Charlotte, NC 71
22. Honolulu 69
23. Virginia Beach 63
24. Indianapolis 57
25. Austin 55
25. Louisville 55

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