The OneBeacon Insurance Group's headquarters, located in Canton, Massachusetts, is the latest commercial building to receive the ENERGY STAR award from the Environmental Protection Agency.  The company is excited about its headquarters' recognition as an ENERGY STAR building and plans to take this a step further and pursue LEED Silver certification.

"The energy performance of commercial and industrial facilities is scored on a 1-100 scale and those facilities that achieve a score of 75 or higher are eligible for the ENERGY STAR, indicating that they are among the top 25% of facilities in the country for energy performance."  Source:  ENERGY STAR

The rating system uses a variety of statistics to determine how much energy a building would use under peak performance settings down through the worst performance expected for such a building.  The data is tabulated and compared to a building's actual energy usage. 

The final comparison takes place between the score that the building received and similar commercial buildings.  Some of the data looked at include the size of the building, where the building is located and the amount and type of electronic devices located in the building.

Applications for the 2009 ENERGY STAR Award are due on December 12, 2008.  A variety of commercial buildings are eligible including office buildings, school dormitories, K-12 schools, assembly plants, supermarkets and much more.

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