HQ1 Building Ranks in the 95th Percentile of all Facilities in the Nation
Rancho Cordova, Calif., October 13, 2009 – VSP® Vision Care today announced that all four buildings on its Rancho Cordova, Calif. campus have earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) prestigious ENERGY STAR, the national symbol for superior energy efficiency and environmental protection.
Three of the four buildings rated in the high 80th percentile and HQ1, VSP's LEED-EB platinum certified building, increased 2 percent from its certification a year ago now ranking in the 95th percentile of all facilities in the nation. Commercial buildings and industrial plants that rate in the top 25 percent of facilities in the nation for energy efficiency may qualify for the ENERGY STAR.
"VSP is pleased to accept EPA's ENERGY STAR for our remaining three buildings on campus in recognition of our energy efficiency efforts," said Steve Hibbs, Director of VSP Corporate Services. "We are committed to becoming a model of energy and resource efficiency and this is a great example of the work we continue to do."
Commercial buildings that earn the ENERGY STAR use an average of 40 percent less energy than typical buildings and also release 35 percent less carbon dioxide in to the atmosphere. VSP improved its energy performance by managing energy strategically across the entire organization and by making cost-effective improvements to the buildings. VSP reduced its annual energy by 27 percent and prevented greenhouse gas emissions equal to the annual electricity use from over 6,900 households.
Efforts by VSP to attain ENERGY STAR certification include:
- Reduced energy consumption by 27 percent.
- Reduced buildings' operations by 6 hours.
- Filtered all air flow into the building with high rating Merv-13 filters and CO2 sensors.
- Implemented a SynapSense Wireless Green Data Center saving close to 260,000 kilowatts of energy annually reducing CO2 emissions by over 50,000 metric tons.
"Whether you are running a grocery store, a school, or an office building, getting the most out your energy dollars--while reducing your carbon footprint--just makes sense," said EPA Administrator Stephen L. Johnson.
EPA's national energy performance rating system provides a 1-100 scale that helps organizations assess how efficiently their buildings use energy relative to similar buildings nationwide. A building that scores a rating of 75 or higher is eligible for the ENERGY STAR. Commercial Buildings that can earn the ENERGY STAR include offices, bank branches, financial centers, retailers, courthouses, hospitals, hotels, K-12 schools, medical offices, supermarkets, dormitories, and warehouses.
About ENERGY STAR
ENERGY STAR was introduced by EPA in 1992 as a voluntary, market-based partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency. Today, the ENERGY STAR label can be found on more than 50 different kinds of products, new homes and commercial and industrial buildings. Products and buildings that have earned the ENERGY STAR designation prevent greenhouse gas emissions by meeting strict energy-efficiency specifications set by the government. In 2006, Americans, with the help of ENERGY STAR, saved about $16 billion on their energy bills while reducing the green house gas emissions equivalent to those of 27 million vehicles.
About VSP Global
VSP GlobalSM is composed of a complementary group of leading companies, all working together to meet and exceed today’s eyecare professionals’ business needs. The companies include VSP® Vision Care, the largest not-for-profit vision benefits and services company in the United States; Marchon® and Altair®, cutting-edge manufacturers, designers, and distributors of quality fashion and technologically advanced sunwear and eyewear; Eye Designs, a leader in the design of custom interiors and merchandising systems for the optical industry; Eyefinity®OfficeMate®, innovative e-commerce and practice management solutions, and electronic medical records software; and VSP Optics Group, offering ophthalmic products and providing technologically advanced lab services. VSP Global, combining the strength and expertise of each of these companies, offers a choice of integrated eyecare and eyewear programs and services that enhance eyecare professionals’ ability to deliver the best patient experience and build a thriving business.