The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is breaking new ground by announcing the first existing multifamily housing properties to earn the new Energy Star multifamily certification for superior energy performance. EPA recognized 17 apartment and condo buildings across the country for “leading the industry in reducing energy use, increasing affordability, protecting public health and combating climate change.”

“Communities, renters and businesses all benefit when multifamily properties operate more efficiently,” says EPA administrator Gina McCarthy. “When these buildings use less energy, they also prevent greenhouse gas emissions, increase comfort, and lower costs for renters, making it a win-win for the environment, public health and the economy.”

According to the press release, the 17 properties on the list demonstrate the economic and environmental benefits achieved by owners and managers when they apply a comprehensive approach to managing energy use in their buildings. The buildings perform among the top 25 percent of similar properties nationwide and took a variety of approaches to save energy, from investing in technological upgrades, such as high-efficiency lighting, to low-cost operations and maintenance changes.

The 17 Energy Star certified multifamily buildings are: