Hotel Pennsylvania is pleased to announce its receipt of an Energy Star rating in 2008, one of only two hotels in Manhattan to receive this prestigious designation.
The ENERGY STAR is the national symbol for energy efficiency in America. More than 50 different kinds of products as well as thousands of new homes and commercial and industrial facilities have earned the ENERGY STAR for superior energy performance.
Commercial and industrial facilities account for half of all energy consumption in the U.S. at a cost of over $200 billion per year, more than any other sector of the economy. These facilities are also responsible for nearly half of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions which contribute to climate change.
Since the ENERGY STAR for commercial buildings was first introduced in 1999, thousands of buildings across the country have earned the ENERGY STAR and are saving billions in energy costs. The first class of manufacturing plants to earn the ENERGY STAR was announced in 2006 and added another valuable tool for sustaining momentum in a corporate energy program.
The energy performance of commercial and industrial facilities is scored on a 1-100 scale and those facilities that achieve a score of 75 or higher are eligible for the ENERGY STAR, indicating that they are among the top 25% of facilities in the country for energy performance. Commercial buildings that have earned the ENERGY STAR use on average 35% less energy than typical similar buildings and generate one-third less carbon dioxide. Increasing concern about the financial and environmental risks associated with climate change is driving more organizations to strive for the ENERGY STAR for their buildings, as it is seen as a symbol of an organization that is working to reduce global warming and its impacts.