Palm Bay Ranks 6th in EPA’s 2017 List of Top Mid-Sized Cities with ENERGY STAR® Certified Buildings
The City of Palm Bay was ranked 6th in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) 2017 list of mid-sized U.S. metropolitan areas with the most ENERGY STAR certified buildings. The ranking confirms Palm Bay and Brevard County’s commitment to providing building owners and managers with the technical guidance, best practices, and training they need to make their buildings more energy efficient, save money, and reduce carbon emissions.
"Palm Bay is thrilled to be ranked again this year among the EPA’s 2017 Top Mid-Sized Cities list,” said Economic Development Director Andy Anderson. "We are fully committed to environmental stewardship and lowering energy costs, and we are proud to be a national leader in supporting energy-efficiency within our community.”
Cities are ranked on the list according to how many buildings in their area achieved ENERGY STAR certification in 2016. To qualify for the ENERGY STAR, a building must earn a 1 – 100 ENERGY STAR score of 75 or higher, indicating that it outperforms 75 percent of similar buildings nationwide. In 2016, 51 Palm Bay-area buildings earned the ENERGY STAR.
By the end of 2016, nearly 30,000 buildings across America had earned EPA’s ENERGY STAR certification. Together, these buildings have saved more than $4 billion on utility bills and prevented greenhouse gas emissions equal to the annual electricity use of nearly 3 million homes.
Palm Bay’s ranking shows how America’s leading cities are prioritizing energy efficiency among their commercial building stock. By partnering with its business leaders, cities like Palm Bay continue to demonstrate the economic and environmental benefits of reducing energy use among buildings.
Commercial buildings that apply for EPA’s ENERGY STAR must have their performance verified by a professional engineer or a registered architect. ENERGY STAR certified buildings use an average of 35 percent less energy and are responsible for 35 percent fewer greenhouse gas emissions than typical buildings. Many types of commercial facilities can earn the ENERGY STAR, including office buildings, schools, hospitals, and retail stores.
ENERGY STAR has 16,000 partners—including manufacturers, retailers, public schools, hospitals, real estate companies, and home builders—working to protect the environment through greater energy efficiency. Since 1992, ENERGY STAR and its partners have saved American families and businesses 400 billion dollars on their energy bills.
ENERGY STAR is the simple choice for energy efficiency. For 25 years, EPA’s ENERGY STAR program has been America’s resource for saving energy and protecting the environment. Join the millions already making a difference at energystar.gov.
For more information about the 2017 ENERGY STAR Top Cities list, visit www.energystar.gov/TopCities.
For more information about ENERGY STAR visit www.energystar.gov/buildings.
For more information about Palm Bay visit www.palmbayflorida.org.