Austin Receives Prestigious Energy Award
The Austin Internal Revenue Service Submission Processing Building (SPB) recently received its third ENERGY STAR to mark superior energy performance. The Energy Performance Rating is based on total source energy, and a rating of 75 (out of 100 possible) is the minimum to be eligible for the ENERGY STAR. The IRS Austin SPB Energy Performance Rating has progressively increased each year: 2005 - 75, 2007 - 80, and 2009 - 85.
The Austin office has significantly reduced its energy usage since 2005, as shown by the following statistics:
2005 - 55,134,589
2007 - 52,261,412
2009 - 47,695,037
NOTE: Usage is measured in KBTUs. A KBTU is equal to one-thousand British thermal units (BTU) which is a measure of the heating value of a fuel.
In addition, their Greenhouse Gas Emissions, expressed in metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions per year, has progressively decreased each year: 2005 - 17,861, 2007 - 10,228, and 2009 - 8,170.
ENERGY STAR is a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy helping the government, businesses, and citizens save money and protect the environment through energy efficient products and practices.