Ariel Rios ENERGY STAR Label
On May 27, 2011, the EPA’s ENERGY STAR certification was awarded for EPA's Headquarter's Ariel Rios Building, which houses approximately 1,600 EPA employees including many of its senior managers.
This ENERGY STAR certification signifies superior energy performance, and its status is in the top 12 percent of buildings in its class. To earn this certification, the EPA partnered with the General Services Administration, to install energy-saving systems, including energy efficiency upgrades to heating and cooling systems along with an aggressive metering program to monitor energy consumption. Additionally, sustainable "best practices" are in place aimed to reduce the carbon footprint, such as: switching to more energy-efficient electronic equipment and a centralized power management system through its Customer Technology Solutions, replacing historic incandescent fixtures with compact fluorescent lights, and continuing an extensive Environmental Management System that included employee training and education on energy and water conservation measures.
The ENERGY STAR certification is a key step toward EPA seeking a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) – Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance designation, targeted for 2012.