Upbring Cross Park Corporate, the new Lutheran Social Services of the South, has earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) ENERGY STAR certification, which signifies that the building performs in the top 25 percent of similar facilities nationwide for energy efficiency and meets strict energy efficiency performance levels set by the EPA.
“Upbring is pleased to accept EPA’s ENERGY STAR certification in recognition of our energy efficiency efforts,” said Russell Collins, Upbring Director of Construction and Facilities. “Through this achievement, we have demonstrated our commitment to environmental stewardship while seeing reductions in our energy bills totaling more than $10,000 since we started working towards this goal in 2012.”
Commercial buildings that earn EPA’s ENERGY STAR certification use an average of 35 percent less energy than typical buildings and also release 35 percent less carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Upbring improved its energy performance through cost-effective improvements to its corporate building in Austin, as well as, employee-driven conservation measures such as turning off lights in unused spaces and promptly reporting any malfunctioning equipment. Since working towards
“Improving the energy efficiency of our nation’s buildings is critical to protecting our environment, “ said Jean Lupinacci, Chief of the ENERGY STAR Commercial & Industrial Branch. “From the boiler room to the board room, organizations are leading the way by making their buildings more efficient and earning EPA’s ENERGY STAR certification.”
For more information about ENERGY STAR Certification for Commercial Buildings: www.energystar.gov/labeledbuildings