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All of Unico’s office properties are tracking energy usage and as a result
17 Class-A office properties have earned ENERGY STAR® awards for their energy leadership and efficiencies.
In 2010, Unico completed the benchmarking of Unico’s 31 ENERGY STAR eligible
buildings through the EPA. Since establishing our baseline on December 31, 2006, we have
reduced energy use by 14 percent. Our portfolio-average ENERGY STAR score is 82, 32 percent
more efficient than the national average.
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and the amount of energy we are saving per building. Achieving ENERGY STAR requires
that managers and building engineers are trained to ensure that mechanical equipment
is operating as designed to extend its life and to be cost efficient.
“Success in energy performance requires an entire organization’s commitment. The Unico team is a great example, and their leadership and strategic view of energy management is raising the bar for the commercial real estate industry.”
Certain Unico buildings are purchasing renewable energy credits – energy from wind, solar, geothermal, or biomass sources - from their local utility. Centerpoint II in Denver (10 percent); US Bank Plaza in Boise (15 percent) and Wells Fargo Plaza in Tacoma (100 percent); Skyline Tower in Bellevue (25 percent); and Key Center in Bellevue (50 percent) all use renewable energy credits as part of their overall energy usage. Additionally, Unico endorses the BOMA International 7-Point Challenge, which is committed to reduce energy usage by 30 percent by 2012, as compared to an average national portfolio. Our Department of Sustainability keeps green and sustainable initiatives a top priority at Unico. To speak to our Sustainability team, zip an email to Brett Phillips, Director of Sustainability.