Established in 1992, under the George H.W. Bush Administration, ENERGY
STAR® is a voluntary program that is currently used by over 450,000 commercial buildings,
representing over 40 billion square feet of property, to track and improve a building’s energy
use, water consumption, and waste output. The program and its related tool, Portfolio Manager®
is ingrained in today’s real estate business models and operational practices. While ENERGY
STAR typically receives widespread bi-partisan support, President Trump has proposed
eliminating the program in the FY18 budget. Much of the debate around ENERGY STAR has
been centered around the appliance application, but the commercial building recognition and
performance tools are a large component of the program’s focus and utility.
BOMA, a 10-time ENERGY
STAR Partner of the Year award winner, strongly
supports the ENERGY STAR buildings program.
ENERGY STAR is an example of how the private
sector can leverage EPA’s tools to increase energy
efficiency and reduce building operating costs.
BOMA is currently using the program as the basis
of utility calculations for our Water and Waste
Challenge. This important private sector challenge
supports commercial real estate practitioners to
benchmark their water and waste consumption and
related costs with the goal of changing operational
practices in the built environment. ENERGY
STAR fosters high performance in U.S. buildings,
helps create jobs in the energy efficiency field,
improves the nation’s energy security—and saves
money for families and businesses.
We urge Congress to maintain the
program’s funding at its historic levels in future
budgets. Additionally, we believe that ENERGY STAR should continue to be administered by
the EPA and not moved to another agency.
For more information please contact:
John Bryant, Vice President of Advocacy, Codes and Standards, BOMA International, 202-326-