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2525 West End earns EPA’s ENERGY STAR for energy efficiency

Posted in NEWS on Tuesday, June 8th, 2010

The 2525 West End office building has earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR® for the eighth consecutive year, indicating that the building performs in the top 25 percent of similar facilities nationwide for energy efficiency.

The facility scored 90 out of 100 possible points. The 2525 West End building is owned by The Lionstone Group of Houston, Texas, who leases the land from Vanderbilt University. Vanderbilt is the largest occupant of the building, which includes the Human Resources Department and other university offices.

“Improved energy efficiency of buildings occupied by Vanderbilt employees helps to reduce the university’s environmental impact,” said Cliff Joyner, assistant vice chancellor for Real Estate Operations. “By earning this award, the owner, management and tenants of the 2525 West End building are illustrating a commitment to environmental stewardship and sustainability.”

Buildings that score a 75 or higher are eligible for the ENERGY STAR and use an average of 35 percent less energy and release 35 percent less greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. These buildings save money while also being better for the environment..

The EPA’s ENERGY STAR program for commercial buildings, which focuses on a building’s energy efficiency and consumption, is distinct from the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED certification program, which evaluates additional aspects of a building such as location, the building materials used in construction, water efficiency, recycling and waste reduction. The ENERGY STAR government rating program evaluates more than 60 different kinds of products, new homes, and commercial and industrial buildings.

For more information about ENERGY STAR programs, visit http://www.energystar.gov/. For more information about The Lionstone Group, visit http://www.lionstonegroup.com/.

Contact: SustainVU, sustainvu@vanderbilt.edu

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