News Analysis

New Energy Data Is Changing How We Judge Efficiency—And LEED

December 30, 2013

In the beginning, there was Energy Star.

Supported by the online Portfolio Manager infrastructure and statistical models from the periodic Commercial Buildings Energy Consumption Survey (CBECS), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star has been the envy of the energy policy world; no other country has that kind of benchmarking tool. In fact, it was just licensed to Canada. (Energy Star for Homes and Energy Star labels for appliances and other equipment are mostly unrelated programs.)