Detroit among EPA’s top 10 cities for energy efficiency.

15 Mar 2011

Yesterday the EPA released its third annual list of U.S. metropolitan areas with the greatest number of energy-efficient buildings that earned Energy Star certification in 2010 — and Detroit¬†is ranked 9th, up from 15th the year before.

The EPA estimates metro Detroit’s 151-green buildings combined to save an estimated $18.7 million in energy costs and prevented greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to the amount produced by 17,400 homes.

To obtain an Energy Star rating, a commercial building’s energy-efficiency efforts must score in the top 25% of comparable buildings nationwide.¬† The savings must be verified by a licensed engineer or registered architect.

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