2010 Top 10 U.S. Cities for Energy Star Buildings

THE U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) named the top 10 metro regions with the most energy-efficient buildings in 2010.

Los Angeles came in at number one with 510 Energy Star rated buildings, well ahead of second place Washington who have 301, belying the long held view of LA as a smog filled, pollution nightmare, at least as far as energy efficient buildings are concerned the sprawling metro area is getting it right.

California has shown itself over the past few years to be ahead of the rest of the States in sustainability and continues to lead with three metro areas in the top 10.

To win an Energy Star rating, a commercial building's energy-efficiency measures must score in the top 25 percent of comparable buildings nationwide, with the savings being verified by a licensed engineer or registered architect.

The EPA reckons that U.S. commercial buildings use more than $100 billion a year in energy, accounting for nearly 20 percent of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions.

The top 10 cities and their number of Energy Star rated buildings are: Los Angeles - 510; Washington - 301; San Francisco - 248; Chicago - 232; New York - 211; Atlanta - 201; Houston - 175; Sacramento - 168; Detroit - 151; Dallas/Ft. Worth - 148.

Picture by Sörn

Monday 14th March 2011

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