Here's some Energy Star trivia for those family or friendly get-togethers. How old is the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Energy Star program for commercial buildings? Answer: 10. And what are some of the milestones the program has seen since its inception? Let the games begin, below.
- Amount of carbon dioxide kept out of the environment since Energy Star's commercial program was born? 120 million metric tons;
- The oldest building to earn the Energy Star label? Cambridge Savings Bank in Cambridge, Massachusetts, constructed in 1820, the same year Maine became the 23rd state in the Union;
- The tallest building to earn the label? Aon Center in Chicago, Illinois, at 1,136 feet;
- The largest? USAA McDermott Building in San Antonio, Texas, at 4.5 million-square-feet;
- What was the first building to be certified as Energy Star? Ridgehaven Green Building in San Diego, California.
The answers to these and other questions are part of an anniversary publication the Energy Star people have put together, which you can download and refer to for more fun-filled party games.
OK, a few more:
- How many types of commercial buildings is Energy Star available for? 13;
- How many buildings in the United States sport the label? About 9,000;
- What's the typical savings for an Energy Star building? They typically use 35 percent less energy than average buildings.