Posted: Thursday, April 10th 2014 at 3:41pm
Atlanta third on EPA "green-building" list
ATLANTA – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today released its sixth annual list of the 25 U.S. metropolitan areas with the most ENERGY STAR certified buildings and the city of Atlanta is third.
Energy Star labeled buildings in Atlanta achieved significant reductions in their energy bills and greenhouse gas emissions. These buildings represent more than 70 million square feet and will save more than $53 million annually in energy costs while preventing greenhouse gas emissions equal to the emissions of 52,500 homes a year.
Energy use in commercial buildings accounts for 17 percent of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions at a cost of more than $100 billion per year. ENERGY STAR certified office buildings cost $0.50 less per square foot to operate than average office buildings, and use nearly two times less energy per square foot than average office buildings.
The data also show that more than 23,000 buildings across America earned EPA’s ENERGY STAR certification by the end of 2013. These buildings saved more than $3.1 billion on utility bills and prevented greenhouse gas emissions equal to the annual electricity use from 2.2 million homes.
Los Angeles has remained the top city since 2008 while Washington, D.C. continues to hold onto second place for the fifth consecutive year. Atlanta moved up from tfifth to number three. For the first time, Philadelphia entered the top 10, ranking ninth.
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