This is an excerpt from EERE Network News, a weekly electronic newsletter.

March 27, 2002

Tally of Highly Energy-Efficient U.S. Buildings Reaches 729

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced last week that 729 buildings throughout the United States have earned the EPA/DOE Energy Star. These office and school buildings use about 40 percent less energy than average U.S. buildings. The EPA estimates that the buildings have saved $134 million in energy costs since 1999, avoiding the emission of 1.9 billion pounds of carbon dioxide, the chief greenhouse gas. Among the Energy Star buildings are 122 owned and occupied by large commercial institutions, 204 owned by commercial real estate organizations and leased to commercial tenants, 287 public schools and 116 federal government facilities. See the press release and the full list of buildings at the Energy Star News Room on the EPA Web site.

Energy-efficient homes earned the limelight on Monday, as 15 homebuilders were lauded at the National Green Building Conference in Seattle, Washington. The winners of the "EnergyValue Housing Awards" were honored for using such technologies as high-efficiency windows, insulated basement walls, solar water heating, and geothermal heat pumps in the homes that they built. The National Green Building Conference was sponsored in part by DOE and its National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). See the NREL press release.

Want to learn more about new building technologies? Check out the new Web site for the Partnership for Advanced Technology in Housing (PATH), a public-private partnership.

Many of the PATH technologies relate to energy efficiency. A related Web site, called ToolBase, provides detailed results of PATH field projects and PATH's "Technology Inventory." See the ToolBase Web site at: Field Results and Technology Inventory