Owens Corning earns EPA Energy Star certification

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Tags: energy management

Owens Corning has earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Energy Star certification for its World Headquarters located in Toledo, Ohio. The certification recognizes the facility as one of the most energy-efficient and environmentally friendly buildings in the United States.

"Over the past eight years, Owens Corning has reduced energy consumption at our headquarters by 25 percent, saving nearly $2 million in electricity costs," said James T. Eckert, corporate real estate leader. "Many of our energy-saving initiatives have been the result of employee suggestions, including reducing the amount of time that lights are on in the parking lot, eliminating some lighting in our Atrium, and placing 'turn off lights' signs in meeting rooms."

Facility officials also monitor rooftop air equipment and other mechanical fixtures to pinpoint and stop excessive energy use.

"Congratulations to Owens Corning for earning the Energy Star, the national symbol for protecting the environment through superior energy performance," said Jean Lupinacci, chief of the Energy Star program for buildings. "By improving the energy performance of all our buildings, as a nation we can lower our energy costs and help protect the environment by reducing greenhouse gas emissions."

EPA awards the Energy Star to buildings and facilities that achieve an energy performance rating of 75 or better, on a scale from one to 100. Ratings are calculated by comparing buildings of similar square footage on factors such as actual energy use, number of workers in the building, number of computers and other equipment present and hours of operation.

More than 2,500 office buildings, schools, hospitals and public buildings have earned the Energy Star for outstanding energy and environmental performance. Of those facilities, Owens Corning's headquarters was among the 1,007 office buildings to achieve Energy Star status.

Energy Star is a government-backed program helping businesses and consumers protect the environment through superior energy efficiency. EPA encourages energy efficiency improvements of 10 percent or more across an organization's entire portfolio of buildings. To learn more visit www.energystar.gov/challenge. In 2005 alone, Americans, with the help of Energy Star, saved $12 billion in energy costs and prevented greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to those of 23 million vehicles. For more information, please visit www.energystar.gov.

Owens Corning is a world leader in building materials systems and composite solutions. A Fortune 500 company for more than 50 years, Owens Corning people delivers high-quality products and services ranging from insulation, roofing, siding and manufactured stone veneer, to glass composite materials used in transportation, electronic, telecommunications and other high-performance applications.

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