On August 26, 2018, EPA updated the score model for Non-Refrigerated Warehouses & Distribution Centers.
- The average Warehouse (Refrigerated and Non-Refrigerated) score went down by 7 points.
- One additional Use Detail is now required. It will be defaulted for you, but you are not eligible for certification using default values. We recommend you check this value for your building to make sure it’s accurate.
- Percent Used for Cold Storage (It will be defaulted to 0%)
- 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):
- Number of Walk-in Refrigeration/Freezer Units
- All three Warehouse property types now have the same required Use Details.
- The minimum building size requirement for ENERGY STAR Score and Certification for Warehouses and Distribution Centers was reduced to 1,000 ft2 (from a previous minimum of 5,000 square feet)
On September 13, 2018, 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 review (summarized in this report) determined that the model is scoring warehouses properly.
*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.