In order to create a score for a new property type, EPA needs to analyze data from a sufficiently large, nationally representative sample of similar buildings. For most of the current ENERGY STAR scores, EPA uses the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s Commercial Buildings Energy Consumption Survey (CBECS) data because the data is a nationally representative sample and it is updated on a regular basis.
However, CBECS doesn’t include adequate data for every property type, so for those where the sample size is too small or the data is otherwise not robust enough, EPA is unable to use CBECS to develop an ENERGY STAR score. In such cases, and as time and resources permit, EPA will occasionally partner with outside organizations who wish to conduct a survey to gather the information needed for analysis.
If you would like to learn more about the requirements to conduct a survey for a property type that doesn’t currently have a score, click the “Ask A Question” tab above to request more information.