Short answer: No. As a general rule, EPA recommends you enter as few Property Uses as possible. In Office buildings in particular, we know there is a good chance that your office has a commercial kitchen (in a cafeteria/snack bar/restaurant), but you don’t have to tell us about it because its not an input into the ENERGY STAR Score for Offices.
Longer Answer: The Office Property Type doesn’t specifically ask if you have a Cooking Facility, because our analysis did not show a significant impact from cooking facilities on energy consumption. Basically, because so many Office buildings have cooking facilities (cafeterias/snack bars/restaurants), as well as many other things that use energy (computers, printers, copy machines, servers), the energy from the cooking was not statically significant and thus not included in our score model. The score methodology is not supposed to incorporate every feature that uses energy, but rather only those features that have a statistically significant correlation with energy use. In offices, there are many additional features that can be present such as restaurants, fitness centers, auditoriums for conferences/presentations, dry cleaners, etc. The national survey data we used to develop the score for offices includes offices with all of these diverse uses, so you can be confident that you’re being compared to similar offices. You can read about the details of our analysis in our technical reference document ENERGY STAR Score for Offices.
The only exception to this rule is if you have a restaurant/cafeteria that is:
- More than 25% of the property's GFA (then you should enter a separate Property Use)
Refer to this FAQ for more information on when to break out different property use types.