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.
We are currently looking for “Charter Tenants” to help shape the recognition program. Charter Tenants are organizations that lease office space in multi-tenant buildings and agree to work closely with EPA to provide input and feedback on the criteria and process for earning the recognition. The office space may be in any phase of the leasing and operations process—design, construction, build/fit-out, or current occupancy. Charter Tenants will be the first eligible to earn the new ENERGY STAR Tenant Space recognition. Applications are due August 15, 2017 and the pilot program will begin Fall 2017. Learn more at 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.