ENERGY STAR for Tenants refers to two potential new Commercial Building Tenant recognition programs that were introduced in the Energy Efficiency Improvement Act of 2015, enacted in April 2015.
In June, 2018, EPA concluded the “Charter Tenant” pilot program for recognition of commercial office tenants that meet energy efficiency criteria. EPA is reviewing the results of the pilot and assessing the requirements for a market-scale recognition for office tenants in any phase of the leasing and operations process – design, construction, build/fit-out, or current occupancy. For updates and to learn more about the pilot, visit www.energystar.gov/TenantRecognition.
The 2015 legislation also directed EPA to develop performance-based recognition for occupied tenant spaces, once the Energy Information Administration collects sufficient data. EIA is currently planning for the collection of U.S. data for tenant spaces as part of the next Commercial Building Energy Consumption Survey (expected to include 2018 data). As with the development of ENERGY STAR scores for whole buildings, EPA will rigorously assess and analyze the data once it is available. Designing a tenant recognition based on an objective and reliable measure of energy performance will take several years.