The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the sixth annual list of the top 25 U.S. metropolitan areas with the most Energy Star certified buildings.
According to ACHR News, the Top 10 cities on the list are: Los Angeles; Washington, D.C.; Atlanta; New York; San Francisco; Chicago; Dallas; Denver; Philadelphia; and Houston.
“Not only are the Energy Star top 25 cities saving money on energy costs and increasing energy efficiency, but they are promoting public health by decreasing greenhouse gas emissions from commercial buildings,” said EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy.
First released in 2008, EPA said the list of cities with the most Energy Star certified buildings demonstrates how cities across America, with help from Energy Star, are embracing energy efficiency as a simple and effective way to save money and prevent pollution.
Los Angeles has remained the top city since 2008 while Washington, D.C. continues to hold onto second place for the fifth consecutive year. Atlanta moved up from number five to number three. For the first time, Philadelphia entered the top 10, ranking ninth.
Commercial buildings that earn EPA’s Energy Star must perform in the top 25 percent of similar buildings nationwide and must be independently verified by a licensed professional engineer or a registered architect.
Energy Star certified buildings use an average of 35 percent less energy and are responsible for 35 percent less carbon dioxide emissions than typical buildings.
Many types of commercial buildings can earn the Energy Star, including office buildings, K-12 schools, hotels, and retail stores.
The 2014 Energy Star Top 25 Cities are:
1. Los Angeles
2. Washington, D.C.
4. New York
5. San Francisco
7. Dallas-Fort Worth
11. Charlotte, N.C.
15. San Diego
16. Minneapolis-St. Paul
20. San Jose
21. Columbus, Ohio
22. Riverside, Calif.
24. Portland, Ore.
25. Louisville, Ky.
For more information, visit www.energystar.gov/topcities.