In general, if a Property Use is directly related to the worship function or is less than 25% of the total Gross Floor Area (GFA), then you should NOT break it out.
1. If the Property Use is inherently part of a functioning House of Worship, then do NOT break it out as a separate Property Use. Do not break out these Property Uses (regardless of their GFA):
- classrooms for “Sunday School”
- an office for clergy and administrative staff
- a staff kitchen
- a social hall
2. If the Property Use is NOT inherently part of a functioning House of Worship, then you should break it out as a separate Property Use if it is greater than 25% of the property GFA, such as:
- A K-12 school that is affiliated with a church
- A preschool that is open full time (40 hours per week)
- A residence where clergy live
You can get a score (and certification) for a single building with multiple property types as long as at least 75% of the property's GFA is a property type that is eligible for an ENERGY STAR score. This means a building that contains a house of worship and a K-12 school can get a score, but a house of worship combined with a day care center cannot, unless the day care center is less than 25% of the property GFA.