MCLEAN, Va., Oct. 2, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Sunrise Senior Living (NYSE: SRZ) announced today that more than 30 of its communities in the United States have earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) ENERGY STAR certification, which signifies that these buildings perform in the top 25 percent of similar buildings nationwide for energy efficiency and meet strict performance levels set by the EPA.
"Sunrise has brought innovation to the senior living industry for more than 30 years, and we are pleased to earn EPA's ENERGY STAR certification for our energy efficiency efforts," said Laura McDuffie, EVP and head of operations at Sunrise. "Sunrise is not only committed to championing quality of life for seniors, but embraces environmental stewardship as well. We will continue our efforts for additional communities to earn the ENERGY STAR certification in the future."
To earn this award, Sunrise's senior living communities focused specifically on implementing best practices for efficiency in the areas of lighting and HVAC, as well as laundry and kitchen operations. Sunrise continues to improve its energy performance by making energy-conscious decisions and cost effective improvements to its buildings and community operations. Commercial buildings that earn EPA's ENERGY STAR certification use an average of 35 percent less energy than typical buildings and also release 35 percent less carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.
"Improving the energy efficiency of our nation's buildings is critical to protecting our environment," said Jean Lupinacci, chief of the ENERGY STAR Commercial & Industrial Branch. "From the boiler room to the board room, organizations are leading the way by making their buildings more efficient and earning EPA's ENERGY STAR certification."EPA introduced the ENERGY STAR label for buildings in 1999, and began rating senior care communities in 2011. The ENERGY STAR energy performance scale helps organizations assess how efficiently their buildings use energy relative to similar buildings nationwide. A building that scores a 75 or higher on EPA's 1-100 scale may be eligible for ENERGY STAR certification. In addition to the senior care industry, commercial buildings that can earn the ENERGY STAR include offices, bank branches, data centers, financial centers, retail stores, courthouses, hospitals, hotels, K-12 schools, medical offices, supermarkets, dormitories, houses of worship and warehouses.