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.
Starting in September 2017, EPA is working with a group of “Charter Tenants” who lease office space in multi-tenant buildings to pilot the new ENERGY STAR Tenant Space recognition. Depending on the results of the pilot, EPA may offer this recognition in 2018 to office tenants in any phase of the leasing and operations process – design, construction, build/fit-out, or current occupancy. To learn more, 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.