The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) ENERGY STAR® program is designed to help property owners identify and implement superior energy efficiency practices and track their buildings’ performance through the use of an extensive online benchmarking tool. Those properties that score a performance level of 75 or above (on a 1-100 scale) are eligible to receive the EPA’s ENERGY STAR certification. According the EPA, ENERGY STAR-certified buildings use 35% less energy and cause 35% fewer greenhouse gases emissions than their peers, on average.
We track the performance of our entire portfolio through the ENERGY STAR program and are proud that 81% of the office buildings in our portfolio are ENERGY STAR-certified for superior energy efficiency, responsible water usage, and reduced greenhouse gas emissions.1 The buildings in Columbia’s portfolio boast an average ENERGY STAR score of 89, which is significantly higher than the average ENERGY STAR score for all office buildings nationally of only 63.2
In 2015, Columbia was named a Premier Member of the ENERGY STAR Certification Nation, and in 2013, we were a 2013 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year.
We intend to continue tracking our portfolio through ENERGY STAR and to maintain and/or pursue certification for all properties for which it is feasible in order to ensure our stakeholders that we are delivering superior performance and optimal operating efficiency.
OUR ENERGY STAR-CERTIFIED BUILDINGS
114 FIFTH AVENUE
116 HUNTINGTON AVENUE
80 M STREET
218 W. 18TH STREET
221 MAIN STREET
249 W. 17th STREET
315 PARK AVENUE SOUTH
650 CALIFORNIA STREET
1800 M STREET
ONE AND THREE GLENLAKE PARKWAY
CRANBERRY WOODS DRIVE
PASADENA CORPORATE PARK
1Portfolio participation based on square feet; excludes one building triple-net-leased to a single tenant that has not elected to participate.and 149 Madison, which is under redevelopment.
2ENERGY STAR, "DataTrends: Energy Use in Offices," January 2015. These totals do not include the two buildings noted above or 114 Fifth Avenue, which was enrolled and certified in ENERGY STAR by another owner, and the data is not yet reflected in Columbia’s portfolio totals.