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New Irvine Co. building earns EPA award for energy efficiency

EPA’s ‘Designed to Earn the Energy Star’ award given to 200 Spectrum Center Drive building, only office project in California to receive the honor in 2015.

Orange County’s newest office building—200 Spectrum Center Drive in Irvine—was the only office project in California to receive the Environmental Protection Agency’s “Designed to Earn the Energy Star” award in 2015. And only four office projects in the nation earned the honor last year.

The EPA gives the”Designed to Earn the Energy Star” designation to buildings under-construction that are designed to be in the top 25 percent of similar facilities nationwide for energy efficiency and meet strict energy efficiency levels set by the EPA.

In 2014, another Irvine Company office project—One La Jolla Center—received the “Designed to Earn the Energy Start” award. And again, it was the only office project in California to earn the designation.

Buildings that earn the EPA’s Energy Star certification use about 35 percent less energy than average buildings, cost 50 cents less per-square-foot to operate, have higher occupancy rates, increased asset value and lower carbon emissions.

—December 2015