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North Carolina One of Top Six States with Energy-Efficient, Environmentally Safe Buildings
Energy Star status was conferred on more than 2500 office buildings, schools, hospitals, and public buildings for superior energy and environmental performance in 2005 by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
All states had some Energy Star certified buildings, but most Energy Star buildings are located in California, Texas, North Carolina, Virginia, Colorado, and Ohio, according to a recent EPA report.
For more information and a complete list of buildings and their locations, click here.
The Energy Star awarded buildings, representing 482 million square feet, are saving an estimated $349 million annually in lower energy bills while meeting industry standards for comfort and indoor air quality. The buildings are preventing 1.8 billion pounds of greenhouse gas emissions, equivalent to emissions from 540,000 vehicles.
Said EPA Administrator Stephen L. Johnson: "I congratulate the owners of the Energy Star buildings – together we are defining a new generation of environmentally preferable buildings that make sense for our environment and the bottom line."
Commercial buildings account for more than 17 percent of our nation's greenhouse gas emissions. Energy Star-qualified buildings generally use up to 40 percent less energy than typical buildings. Building owners earn the Energy Star by scoring in the top 25 percent on EPA's energy performance rating system. Scores are based on actual energy use.
Among the top performing buildings are 1007 office buildings, 501 public schools and 834 grocery stores. More than 200 hotels, hospitals, medical offices, and other buildings also earned the Energy Star.
Food Lion leads the list as owner of the most Energy Star buildings. Top-performing buildings are found in every state in the nation and the District of Columbia. The most Energy Star buildings are located in California, Texas, North Carolina, Virginia, Colorado, and Ohio.
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