Is Your
Share Of
$130 Billion?


    NERGY  STAR®  Buildings
    !an   Help You  Find  Out.
U.S. organizations can
save $130 billion by 2010
if they take advantage of available, low cost, energy-
efficiency opportunities. Most businesses use energy
inefficiently, which results in higher energy bills than
necessary. Energy costs are not a fixed cost of doing
business. They can be managed. Becoming more
efficient is easy...with ENERGY STAR® Buildings.

Let ENERGY STAR Buildings Be
Your Energy Strategy

ENERGY STAR Buildings is a simple, profit-driven, and
proven strategy that saves money.  The energy to
run a typical office building costs U.S. businesses
$1.50 per square foot.  By partnering with the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency, you can reduce
the energy cost for operating your buildings by
30 percent, while improving the comfort of your
buildings and the productivity of your employees.

The comprehensive ENERGY STAR Buildings strategy
takes advantage of the  interactions among all of your
building's systems, making them more efficient and
making your business stronger. It has been adopted
by hundreds of American businesses and has made a
difference — even to those that thought they already
had effective energy management plans.
Makes Your Business Stronger

Seize a sound investment.  The ENERGY STAR Buildings
strategy is a profitable investment; it focuses on
building-wide solutions with an internal rate of return
of 20 percent or greater. In addition, it is very low
risk. The returns are typically more immediate and
predictable than most other corporate investments.

Increase productivity.  Energy efficiency does not
mean "conservation" or "sacrifice." Using today's
advanced technologies, ENERGY STAR Buildings
partners have proven that you can save energy and
provide a more comfortable and productive working
environment for your customers and employees.

Improve the environment. Energy efficiency up-
grades reduce your company's energy use. In turn,
less air pollution is created because there are fewer
emissions from producing energy.  By making only
those upgrades that are profitable, U.S. organizations
can prevent the emission of billions of pounds of
carbon dioxide — equivalent to eliminating the
pollution generated by 20 million cars!

Control your future. As a result of the deregulation
of the utility industry, it is increasingly important
to understand how your buildings use energy.
Becoming more energy efficient today will put you
in the best possible position to negotiate your energy
needs tomorrow.
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   Achieve Outstanding Results
   With ENERGY STAR Buildings

   ENERGY STAR Buildings will help you make smart
   investments in energy efficiency — no matter what
   business you are in, what size your company is, or
   how many buildings you have. ENERGY STAR Buildings
   provides the tools you need to plan, manage, and
   carry out an energy strategy that meets your
   company's needs.

   Hundreds of organizations already using the ENERGY
   STAR Buildings strategy are experiencing impressive
   results. Here are a few examples:
                             Annual     Annual Cost
                          Energy Savings    Savings
City of Hope
National Medical Center
Atlanta Journal &
Constitution (Cox Newspapers)
Honeywell, Inc.
Mobil Corporation
University of Missouri
at Columbia
$1.7 Million
$3 Million
$2.7 Million
$1.7 Million
$1 Million
Take Advantage Of A
Proven Energy Strategy:
Join ENERGY STAR Buildings

Join the ENERGY STAR Buildings partnership,
and you will
•  reduce the cost of energy to run your buildings
   by an average of 30 percent
•  receive comprehensive technical and financial
   information that makes energy upgrades easy
•  gain individualized technical assistance from an
   energy consultant  during your upgrade process
•  gain public recognition for demonstrating your
   environmental leadership
•  reduce pollution and increase profits at the
   same time.

Experience The Success

Let us help you determine how much of the
$130 billion your company can add to its bottom line.
We are convinced that you will see the benefits of
performing upgrades  using the ENERGY STAR
Buildings strategy.

To learn more about ENERGY STAR Buildings or how to
become a partner, call the toll-free ENERGY STAR
Hotline at 1-888-STAR-YES (1-888-782-7937).
   Note: These organizations have experienced internal
       rates of return of 20 percent on average.
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What is the  ENERGY  STAR°

Buildings Strategy?

EPA has identified a proven strategy to increase the efficiency of
buildings.  This strategy has been successfully demonstrated through
research, pilot projects, and working with thousands of organizations in
all sectors of the U.S. since 1991.  The strategy has three key elements:
1) planning and benchmarking; 2) using an integrated, five-stage
approach to building upgrades; and 3) communicating success.
Although these activities are interdependent, each plays a critical role
in ensuring your success.

Planning and Benchmarking

Managing and operating your facilities as efficiently as possible
requires the involvement of a variety of people within your
organization.  ENERGY STAR®  Buildings provides a roadmap that gets
the right people involved, establishes benchmarks, and empowers
your employees. It provides focus and guidance so that your energy
investments will be a success. For hundreds of organizations, it is
providing  a banner under which managers can prioritize, organize,
and successfully implement energy-efficient investments that save
money and prevent pollution.

Using an Integrated Approach
to  Building Upgrades

Most commercial buildings in this country use energy inefficiently.
They use equipment that is either inefficient or just the wrong size.
Buildings may also not be properly maintained or may have older, less
efficient equipment. The result is wasted energy and, consequently,
higher energy bills. But that is not all; these inefficient buildings
don't provide  the best working conditions for the people that occupy
them. Workers are often less productive and customers are often not
as comfortable. Maximizing a building's efficiency can decrease your
operating  costs and improve comfort at the same time.

There are proven ways to accomplish this. The experience of ENERGY
STAR Buildings partners has shown that how you perform the upgrades
is as important as which upgrades you implement. ENERGY STAR
Buildings recommends an upgrade process that includes five stages
which reduce costs and maximize the rate of return on your
investments in energy efficiency.  The five-stage approach is a process
of considering and implementing upgrades in a specific, progressive,
logical sequence. It is based on the interaction of building systems.
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 $77 million in

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       — Fred Schoeneborn
    Global Facilities and Energy
     Management Coordinator

When you plan your upgrades in the recommended order, upgrades
conducted in the beginning of the process often simplify the choices
and reduce the cost of upgrades conducted later. Following this five-
stage approach will help you choose where and when to invest and how
to select and size the most appropriate equipment for your facility.

Stage I.  Green Lights: Lighting alone accounts for 20 to 40 percent
of all energy use in commercial buildings. Fortunately, readily-
available, proven technologies can reduce the amount of energy
consumed by your lighting by 50 to 70 percent and also decrease
glare, reduce maintenance costs, and provide a better working
environment. Too much light or inefficient light also generates more
heat, thus raising  cooling costs.

Stage 2.  Building Tune-up: A building tune-up ensures that the
equipment you have is maintained properly and is operating at design
efficiency. Often,  only simple adjustments to your existing equipment
are needed.  But the small adjustments made during this stage will
have a dramatic effect on the scale and type of upgrades needed in
later stages.

Stage 3.  Other Load Reductions: Electrical devices such as
computers, printers, vending machines and copiers use energy and
generate heat, which increases the need for air conditioning in the
summer.  Drafts and excessive sun from poorly designed windows
make occupants feel uncomfortable even when the room temperature
is in the comfortable range.  Using energy-efficient office equipment
and building envelope technologies will reduce your building loads,
thus lowering your electric, heating, and cooling bills and increasing
occupant comfort.

Stage 4.  Fan System Upgrades: Many buildings have over-sized fan
systems.  Under some conditions these fans circulate too much air —
overcooling or overheating your space.  As a result, they consume
excess energy, raise your energy bills, reduce comfort, and generate
unnecessary noise.  Measuring how much fan power your facility
needs before  you upgrade your fan system is a low cost, high value

Stage 5.  Heating and Cooling System Upgrades:  By implementing
the first four stages of this approach, you will reduce the loads on
your building and right-size your fan systems. As a result, you will
need less air conditioning and heating. These systems are often

oversized to start with. Now, to really capitalize on the reductions
you have made already, you need to measure the exact heating
and cooling needs of your facility.  For every dollar spent in
measuring your needs, you will save $10 to $100 on new equipment.
Armed with this information you can install the most efficient and
appropriately sized heating and cooling systems for your building.

          ENERGY  STAR®  Buildings  Five-Stage Approach
             Green      Building   Other Load  Fan System   Heating
             Lights      Tune-Up   Reductions   Upgrades     and
                          Measuring and Benchmarking
Communicate Your Success

The third component of the ENERGY STAR Buildings strategy is to
communicate your accomplishments — both internally and externally.
There are two reasons to do this. First, communicating the benefits
of successful upgrade projects will make it easier to do future
projects — building momentum. Decision-makers and affected
employees for example, will want to know the results of your
projects. You can also benchmark your efforts against other
organizations to gauge  your results.  Second, communicating your
accomplishments is one of the benefits of success. Your employees,
customers, shareholders, and the public are interested in your
environmental leadership and financial success.

To learn more about
Buildings strategy or
to become a partner,
call the toll-free
at l-888-STAR-YES
(I-888-782-7937) or
visit us on the web at
While helping you define and communicate your results, EPA will
recognize your environmental leadership through publications,
events, and awards. Moreover, ENERGY STAR Buildings allows you to
network — share experience and information — with hundreds of
other smart organizations that are improving their facilities. By
communicating with others, you can gain valuable information on
technologies, techniques, vendors, financing methods, and
management ideas to improve your  own operations.

The Benefits of the ENERGY STAR
Buildings  Strategy

By employing the ENERGY STAR Buildings strategy, you will
• understand your organization's current and potential energy needs
   and how those needs translate into improved facility design
• learn the baseline energy needs of your facility
• understand the interaction between the building systems in
   your facility
• institute a logical, systematic procedure for conducting these
   upgrades and monitoring the performance of your building
• integrate and address environmental issues such as indoor air
   quality and the need to replace CFC-containing air conditioning
• be better prepared to discuss deregulation issues with utilities and
   to negotiate with equipment and service vendors
• have a success story to tell — to employees, customers,
   shareholders, and the public.

The ENERGY STAR Buildings strategy,  with its key activities, allows you
to plan and implement your upgrades in an optimal manner. Your
organization will reap the maximum benefits — both financially and
in terms of comfort and productivity.

ENERGY STAR® Buildings has changed how
we look at our business.  As we reduce
the cost of energy, we can pass some of
those savings to our shareholders in
the form of higher profits and to our
customers in the form of lower prices. ^
 -Thomas Stemberg
  Chief Executive Officer
Staples, Inc.
1 The ENERGY STAR Buildings strategy
 allows owners to make decisions
 that are both good for business and
 good for the environment through
 investment in high-efficiency,
 low-emission technologies while
 offering very attractive returns. ^
 -James H. Schultz
  Executive Vice President
  Applied Global Systems
The Trane
                                          ENERGY STAR Buildings is a grand-slam
                                          home run.  The idea of reducing costs,
                                          improving conditions in facilities,
                                          minimizing pollution and gaining
                                          positive public recognition,
                                          all at a profitable return, is truly
                                          a win-win partnership. ^
                                            Kym Murphy
                                            Corporate Vice President,
                                            Environmental Policy
                                          Walt Disney
1 We have reduced costs without
 sacrificing jobs, by creating a
 comprehensive energy
 management plan through
 ENERGY STAR Buildings. ^
                                          — George Miller
                                          City of

United States
Environmental Protection
Air and Radiation
EPA 430-F-9
March 1998

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