The ENERGY STAR Task Force was announced at the 2016 Energy Policy Outlook Conference. The Task Force, a partnership between NASEO and EPA, will work with NASEO State and Affiliate Members to develop policy and programmatic recommendations, resources, and best practices to be shared through the broader Buildings Committee and NASEO membership at-large. The Task Force will deploy ENERGY STAR resources and program models to accelerate state-wide efficiency efforts targeting state-owned buildings and key markets such as K-12 schools, commercial, industrial, and multifamily sectors. Additionally, State Energy Offices will work with EPA and NASEO to leverage ENERGY STAR in ongoing activities such as state energy planning, state-wide benchmarking programs, and efforts to streamline access to building energy data. In addition, the Task Force will make recommendations on the States’ specific needs for tailored ENERGY STAR education, training, and recognition activities.
ENERGY STAR Tools and Resources
- ENERGY STAR
ENERGY STAR® is the government-backed symbol for energy efficiency, providing simple, credible, and unbiased information that consumers and businesses rely on to make well-informed decisions. Thousands of industrial, commercial, utility, state, and local organizations—including about 40% of the Fortune 500®—partner with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to deliver cost-saving energy efficiency solutions that improve air quality and protect the climate.
- Cash Flow Opportunity Calculator
The Cash Flow Opportunity (CFO) Calculator helps inform strategic decisions about financing energy efficiency projects. Using the tool, you will be able to estimate cost of delaying energy efficiency measures, how much new equipment you can finance using anticipated savings, as well whether you should finance now or wait for a lower interest rate.
- Did Your Energy Efficiency Project Get Lost in Translation? Financial Speak for Facility Managers
Understanding your organization’s decision-making process, being able to effectively speak to the benefit of improved cash flow, and improving your financial literacy can greatly increase your probability of receiving approval for a project. This 7-page paper highlights alternative financing solutions specific to energy efficiency that may offer a solution for getting to “yes” for your project.
- Easy Access to Energy Improvement Funds in the Public Sector
This primer provides an overview of two of the most popular mechanisms for financing energy efficiency projects in the public sector: performance contracts and tax-exempt lease-purchase agreements.
- ENERGY STAR Performance Contracting Best Practices
Use this 14-page PDF to learn how to integrate publicly available, no-cost ENERGY STAR tools into the energy performance contracting process in order to make performance contracting projects more actionable and understandable for building owners, tenants, policy makers, and the public.
- Portfolio Manager
You’ve heard it before: you can’t manage what you don’t measure. That’s why EPA created ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager®, an online tool you can use to measure and track energy and water consumption, as well as greenhouse gas emissions. Use it to benchmark the performance of one building or a whole portfolio of buildings, to keep track of your energy efficiency competitions or benchmarking and building performance standards program progress, all in a secure online environment.
- ENERGY STAR Certification
ENERGY STAR certification is given on an annual basis, so a building must maintain its high performance to be certified year to year. While ensuring an energy-efficient building, ENERGY STAR certification ensures that certified properties meet the ASHRAE 62.1 Ventilation for Acceptable Indoor Air Quality, ASHRAE 55 – Thermal Environmental Conditions for Human Occupancy, and IESNA Lighting Handbook.
- Has COVID-19 affected ENERGY STAR certification?
Due to COVID-19, some of ENERGY STAR certification rules have been modified. Please adhere to the guidance in this FAQ in determining when you may apply for certification.
- ENERGY STAR K-12 Tools and Resources
This page provides a list of several tools and resources produced for ENERGY STAR stakeholders.
ENERGY STAR Government Fact Sheet
ENERGY STAR Menu of Offerings
ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager: What’s New
ENERGY STAR Case Studies
ENERGY STAR Pro Bono Fact Sheet
8 Things To Do To Recognize ENERGY STAR Partners
NASEO Task Force Contact: Ed Carley