Published on January 15, 2020 by Charles Orr to in ENERGY STAR Certification

Value of ENERGY STAR certification

Studies have shown that ENERGY STAR certified buildings:

  • Have lower operating costs
  • Are more marketable
  • Contribute fewer greenhouse gas emissions to the environment
  • Command higher rental rates
  • Have increased asset value

Academic and industry research supports the value of certifying your building as ENERGY STAR. Below is a summary of several studies that evaluated the added market value of ENERGY STAR certified buildings.


Value Energy Star Graph

If your remove the outliers low and high, the average increase for each premium remains:

Rental Rate Premium = 7.5%

Sale Price Premium = 7.8%

Occupancy Premium = 1.8%

Source: Benchmarking and Disclosure: Lessons from Leading Cities, based on data from the Institute for Market Transformation


Benchmarking adds value too.

Even if your building isn’t eligible to be certified as ENERGY STAR, benchmarking still adds value. In fact, buildings that consistently benchmark energy use save an average of 2.4 percent per year. These findings from EPA’s Data Trends series are based on data from more than 100,000 buildings that benchmarked energy use in ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager.  See Financial Benefits of ENERGY STAR Certification.

Don’t just benchmark for compliance with an ordinance, if your building qualifies, take the next step and go for ENERGY STAR certification.  Just call Pegasus to get started.