Multifamily high rises added to EPA Energy Star checklist

September 12, 2011

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced that the organization will now include multifamily high-rise (MFHR) residential buildings in the Energy Star qualification and certification system, according to Energyboom.

Energy Star is a program that rates energy efficient buildings that is jointly run by the EPA and the U.S. Department of Energy. The efforts of these organizations are directed at helping consumers make smart decisions and protecting the environment from pollution, reported the news source.

The organization is looking to curb the use of energy and promote more efficient buildings due to the fact that heating and cooling these structures accounts for the consumption of more than 39 percent of the energy that is used in the U.S., Energyboom reported.

MFHRs are not able to take the Energy Star challenge, in which they will achieve up to a 15 percent savings in energy costs compared to regular high rise buildings, according to the news source.

The Energy Star program is also looking to rate the energy performance of buildings to help set guidelines for future projects, that may adhere to the rating system, according to the organization’s website.

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