COLUMBUS, Ohio, June 20, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- TownCenter, located at 140 East Town Street, in Columbus, Ohio, has earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) ENERGY STAR certification, which signifies that the building performs in the top 25 percent of similar facilities nationwide for energy efficiency and meets strict energy efficiency performance levels set by the EPA.
"Town Center is pleased to accept EPA's ENERGY STAR certification in recognition of our energy efficiency efforts," said Megan Revoldt with Continental Realty, who manages this building for Town Center. "Through this achievement, we have demonstrated our commitment to environmental stewardship while also lowering our energy costs. The Leadership Team has proven they are dedicated to this effort and has supported it at every turn along the way. The Commercial Energy Group has been an excellent partner in this initiative and really simplified the process for us. Their turnkey approach allowed us to focus on what we do well, while adding enhanced energy services to our client, Town Center. We were pleased to offer our assistance in seeing this achievement to completion and remain dedicated to helping all of the buildings we manage achieve this milestone."
Commercial buildings that earn EPA's ENERGY STAR certification use an average of 35 percent less energy than typical buildings and also release 35 percent less carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Through a collaborative effort, The Commercial Energy Group and Continental Realty were able to help Town Center improve its energy performance by managing energy strategically across the entire organization and by making cost-effective improvements to its building.
"Improving the energy efficiency of our nation's buildings is critical to protecting our environment, " said Jean Lupinacci, Chief of the ENERGY STAR Commercial & Industrial Branch. "From the boiler room to the board room, organizations are leading the way by making their buildings more efficient and earning EPA's ENERGY STAR certification."
To earn the ENERGY STAR, the Town Center took the following actions:
- ASHRAE Level 2 Energy Audit
- Interior lighting conversion to Light Emitting Diode (LED) lighting
- Exterior lighting conversion to Light Emitting Diode (LED) lighting
- A comprehensive Retro-commissioning (tune-up) program of the HVAC and Building Automation Systems
- Installation of a Variable Frequency Drive
EPA's ENERGY STAR energy performance scale helps organizations assess how efficiently their buildings use energy relative to similar buildings nationwide. A building that scores a 75 or higher on EPA's 1-100 scale may be eligible for ENERGY STAR certification. Commercial buildings that can earn the ENERGY STAR include offices, bank branches, data centers, financial centers, retail stores, courthouses, hospitals, hotels, K-12 schools, medical offices, supermarkets, dormitories, houses of worship, and warehouses.
ENERGY STAR was introduced by EPA in 1992 as a voluntary, market-based partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency. Today, the ENERGY STAR label can be found on more than 65 different kinds of products, 1.4 million new homes, and 20,000 commercial buildings and industrial plants that meet strict energy-efficiency specifications set by the EPA. Over the past twenty years, American families and businesses have saved more than $230 billion on utility bills and prevented more than 1.8 billion metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions with help from ENERGY STAR.
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SOURCE The Commercial Energy Group