Department of Energy's Germantown, Md., Offices Designated as ENERGY STAR. Building

April 23, 2003

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April 23, 2003

WASHINGTON, DC -- The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today celebrated the designation of DOE's Germantown office facility as an energy efficient ENERGY STAR. building. This is the fifth DOE facility to achieve this recognition.

"Achieving the ENERGY STAR label for the Department of Energy's headquarters building in Germantown, Md., demonstrates that the Energy Department is 'walking the walk' and leading by example in energy efficiency," David Garman, DOE Assistant Secretary of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, said at today's ceremony. "There is no better place to start than in our own back yard."

ENERGY STAR is a voluntary labeling program sponsored by DOE and the Environmental Protection Agency. The ENERGY STAR label promotes energy-efficient choices. In appliances, the ENERGY STAR label aides consumers in identifying products and buildings that save energy and money. For buildings, energy consumption is benchmarked on a 0 to 100 scale. Buildings earning a score of 75 or greater while maintaining an acceptable indoor environment qualify for the award. DOE's Germantown building received a score of 83.

In 2001 alone, ENERGY STAR products saved 80 billion kilowatt hours and more than 10,000 megawatts of peak power — enough to power 10 million homes in the United States for one year. The cumulative energy savings of all ENERGY STAR-qualified appliances sold to date could light all the homes in Washington, D.C., for 40 years. Other DOE buildings that have received the ENERGY STAR designation are Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Building 69; the Nevada Test Site, Buildings 117 and 132; and Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the Buildings Technology Center Headquarters. For more information on ENERGY STAR visit the program's website at

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