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Some Buildings Not Living Up to Green Label

August 31, 2009
Some Buildings Not Living Up to Green Label

The Federal Building in downtown Youngstown, Ohio, features an extensive use of natural light to illuminate offices and a white roof to reflect heat.

It has LEED certification, the country’s most recognized seal of approval for green buildings.

But the building is hardly a model of energy efficiency. According to an environmental assessment last year, it did not score high enough to qualify for the Energy Star label granted by the Environmental Protection Agency, which ranks buildings after looking at a year’s worth of utility bills.

The building’s cooling system, a major gas guzzler, was one culprit. Another was its design: to get its LEED label, it racked up points for things like native landscaping rather than structural energy-saving features, according to a study by the General Services Administration, which owns the building.

HGTV Green Home 2009 Earns EPA’s Indoor AirPlus and Energy Star Labels

Release date: 05/14/2009, Contact Information: (News Media Only) Dave Ryan, (202) 564-7827 / 4355 / ryan.dave@epa.gov

(Washington, D.C. – May 14, 2009) The Home and Garden Television (HGTV) Green Home 2009 has earned EPA’s Indoor AirPlus and Energy Star labels. Indoor AirPlus qualified homes include all the features consumers would normally want in a new home, plus moisture control, radon control, pest barriers, improved heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems, low emitting materials and independent verification.

The home is located in Port St.Lucie, Fla., and its Energy Star and AirPlus labels mean the home will have the latest technology for a healthier living environment.