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​Cushman & Wakefield: A Leader in Energy Star Certification 

Commercial real estate is the nation’s biggest user—and biggest spender—of energy, responsible for 17% of the country’s greenhouse gas emissions, with costs that exceed $100 billion each year. 
But buildings with Energy Star certification challenge those numbers, consuming 35% less energy, producing 35% fewer greenhouse gas emissions and costing $0.50 less per square foot to operate. Energy Star buildings also have higher rental and occupancy rates than buildings without certification. With the benefit of both environmental and financial savings, pursuing Energy Star certification is a worthwhile goal for any organization—especially with the right real estate partners.  

For the past 11 years, Cushman & Wakefield has been named Energy Star Partner of the Year by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), achieving the “Sustained Excellence” distinction for the past nine years. Our Energy & Sustainability Services (ESS) team completed more than 200 Energy Star certifications across 25 million square feet of real estate in 2022 alone. In addition, Cushman & Wakefield ranked eighth among the top organizations that have certified the most Energy Star buildings.  

Since 1999, our teams have helped certify more than 40,000 buildings with the Energy Star distinction. Our team is well-versed in meeting the high-performance standards set by the EPA and understanding the complexities of the Energy Star certification process. Using the Energy Star Portfolio Manager (ESPM), we measure a building’s energy performance by tracking energy and water consumption, and greenhouse gas emissions. The building is then given a score from 1-100, and only scores of 75 or higher achieve Energy Star certification. After all the necessary utility data has been provided, the building receives a score between 1-100, with 75 points or higher qualifying the building for certification and placing the building in the 25th percentile for energy efficiency. Because certifications are awarded annually, our team helps clients to continuously maintain high-performance standards to retain Energy Star certification. It’s a worthwhile—and achievable—goal, with environmental and financial benefits that speak for themselves.   
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