San Antonio is a leader in Energy-Efficient Buildings

San Antonio Business Journal, March 4, 2009

The Environmental Protection Agency released a list of the Texas cities with the most number of buildings in the government’s Energy Star program. San Antonio is the third-largest metropolitan market for energy-efficient buildings.

San Antonio has 53 Energy Star-rated buildings, according to the EPA.

H.E. Butt Grocery Co., otherwise known as H-E-B, has the single most number of Energy Star facilities in San Antonio with 38 properties.

Other noteworthy local Energy Star properties include, USAA’s Corporate Headquarters Building, Concord Park I, Colonnade I and the San Antonio Marriott River Walk.

Houston has the most number of Energy Star buildings in the state with 168 properties. The Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex has the second-highest number of buildings with 81 properties. Austin has the fourth-highest number of buildings with 51 properties.

These four metropolitan areas had a total of 404 Energy Star-qualified buildings in 2008, which collectively resulted in $130.7 million in energy cost savings.

“By making smart energy choices, Texans are saving millions of energy dollars each year,” says acting EPA regional administrator Larry Starfield. “Whether running a business, a school, or a household, getting the most out of our energy dollars just makes sense.”

Nationwide, more than 3,300 commercial buildings and manufacturing plants earned the Energy Star designation for energy efficiency. Collectively, these buildings saved more than $1 billion in utility bills in 2008. They also eliminated more than 7 million metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions.

The full list is available here .