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How do I enter a worship facility that also includes areas for other activities (e.g. social hall, school)? Follow

In general, if a Property Use is not directly related to the worship function and is greater than 25% of the total Gross Floor Area (GFA), then you should break it out.

Here are some examples:

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 property 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 property that contains a house of worship and a K-12 school can get a score, but a house or worship combined with a day care center cannot, unless the day care center is less than 25% of the property GFA.

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