NMHC has been named a 2017 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year - Energy Efficiency Program Delivery Award for sponsoring programs that support our members’ efforts to build and operate energy efficient multifamily properties. This is the first time that a trade association exclusively representing the multifamily sector has received the award. NMHC’s accomplishments will be recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy at an award ceremony in Washington, D.C. on April 26, 2017.
NMHC is honored to receive this recognition on behalf of the industry and recognizes the importance that ENRGY STAR ratings play in the apartment industry from appliance and building ratings for new construction to the operation of energy-efficient properties.
The ENERGY STAR program was originally developed to help businesses and consumers manage utility expenses. In 2015 alone, ENERGY STAR and its partners saved American businesses and consumers 503 billion kilowatt hours and $34 billion in energy costs. In March, he Trump administration proposed eliminating funding for the EPA’s Climate Change program which includes among other things the Energy STAR program beginning in FY2018. NMHC/NAA have been on the Hill talking to House and Senate members of the Appropriations Committee to underscore the importance of this voluntary program to the real estate industry and urge that the program continue to be funded at current levels, including keeping the Portfolio Manager tool (which helps building operators monitor and benchmark utility consumption on their properties) remain in the public domain rather than become part of a proprietary offering from a private sector group. NMHC/NAA also recently sent a letter to lawmakers supporting ENERGY STAR funding in the EPA’s FY’18 budget.
More information on the award and the 2017 winners can be found here.
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