NASEO and IMT will Host a National Webinar on the Implementation of Tenant Star

NASEO and the Institute for Market Transformation (IMT) are working together to assist in the successful development and implementation of a major new federal energy efficiency building initiative – Tenant Star.

Join NASEO and IMT for a webinar on August 24th from 3-4 pm ET, as we welcome stakeholders including State Energy Offices, advocates, and industry members from across the country for an overview of the newly enacted Tenant Star program. Speakers will include Jean Lupinacci of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Jason Hartke of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) who will present on the development of the program, as well as provide detailed information on the Request for Information (RFI) from DOE regarding the "design & construction of high-performance building spaces leased by tenants [Tenant Star]”.

Register for the webinar here.

Tenant Star was created when the Energy Efficiency Improvement Act of 2015 (S. 535) was successfully passed through both chambers of Congress and signed into law by President Obama on April 30. The Real Estate Roundtable, NASEO, IMT, and others worked to support the bipartisan legislation’s development and passage. Tenant Star has great potential to save energy, lower operating costs, and reduce emissions in buildings.

The bill authorizes EPA and DOE to jointly create a voluntary national recognition and labeling program for tenants who design, construct, and operate highly energy-efficient leased spaces in commercial buildings. This could help secure investments in high-performing buildings by providing owners with an engagement platform to present to prospective tenants. 

“The Energy Department will use input from this Federal Register notice to inform a study on the design and construction of energy efficient tenant spaces in commercial buildings. DOE is seeking information on a full suite of topics related to the design and construction of these energy efficient tenant spaces, including: design features, processes, and best practices, as well as policies, financial metrics, modeling approaches, and measurement and verification tools.”

Together, NASEO and IMT represent and collaborate with state and local officials in every U.S. state and territory, as well as several major cities. “We look forward to doing what we can to elevating the interests of the State Energy Offices and our partners as we assist DOE and EPA in developing and implementing this important new program,” said David Terry, Executive Director of NASEO.