On August 26, 2018, EPA updated the score model for Offices, Financial Offices, Banks, and Courthouses.
After the update, EPA implemented a review period, during which we solicited feedback on the application of the models to various commercial building sectors and the resulting scores. The analysis found that an adjustment is needed to account for energy used for heating. Therefore, EPA reintroduced HDD into the scoring process in July 2019, which results in more equitable scores for office properties in all climates.
- The average Office score went down by 5 points.*
- One Use Detail will no longer be required or used in the score calculation (this field will still be available if you wish to track it and data you’ve already entered will be retained):
- Percent that can be Heated
- The minimum building size requirement for an Office to receive the ENERGY STAR Score and Certification was reduced to 1,000 square feet (from a previous minimum of 5,000 square feet)
- If your Office has a data center: A new option ("Data Center Estimated Energy") is available to buildings that have a Data Center tenant to receive a score and certification if the data center is not properly metered. This option is not available to standalone data centers.
*Because your buildings may differ from the typical building used in our analysis, the change in your building’s ENERGY STAR score will vary from the published average depending on its energy use, fuel mix, business activity, property type, and other variables. Furthermore, by definition, roughly half of buildings of any type should have larger decreases than average, and half should have smaller decreases.