For the third consecutive year, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released a list of the top 25 cities with the most Energy Star-certified buildings. As in 2010, Los Angeles took the top spot, with 510 certified buildings. In 2010, the city topped the list with 293 Energy Star-certified buildings. Nine of the top 10 cities have more than 150 Energy Star-certified buildings and the tenth, Dallas, is just under that number, with 148.
The top 10 cities are:
1. Los Angeles; 510 Energy Star-labeled buildings
2. Washington, DC; 301 Energy-Star labeled buildings
3. San Francisco; 248 Energy-Star labeled buildings
4. Chicago; 232 Energy-Star labeled buildings
5. New York; 211 Energy-Star labeled buildings
6. Atlanta; 201 Energy-Star labeled buildings
7. Houston; 175 Energy-Star labeled buildings
8. Sacramento; 168 Energy- Star labeled buildings
9. Detroit; 151 Energy-Star labeled buildings
10. Dallas-Fort Worth; 148 Energy-Star labeled buildings
The top 10 list remained consistent from 2010. In 2009, Denver and Lakeland, Fla., were in the top 10, while Sacramento and Detroit were not. In 2010, more than 6,200 commercial buildings earned Energy Star certification, a nearly 60 percent increase over 2009 figures.
The EPA estimates that the growth of Energy Star-certified buildings has saved more than $1.9 billion. Bank branches, courthouses, data centers, dormitories, financial centers, hospitals, hotels, houses of worship, K-12 schools, medical offices, offices, retailers, supermarkets, and warehouses are eligible for Energy Star certification. A building’s energy use is calculated through EPA’s Portfolio Manager on a scale of 1-100. Buildings that score 75 or greater may qualify for Energy Star certification.
For more information, visit energystar.gov. To see the complete top 25 list for 2011, visit energystar.gov/TopCities.