UFCU PLAZA ACHIEVES ENERGY STAR CERTIFICATION SIXTH CONSECUTIVE YEAR!

Congratulations to UFCU Plaza, located at the corner of Mopac and Steck, for achieving the EPA’s ENERGY STAR certification for six consecutive years – 2010 – 2016! UFCU Plaza is leased and managed by one of Austin’s leaders in commercial real estate, Aquila Commercial, and is managed by Pat Goerner on behalf of University Federal Credit Union. UFCU and Aquila partner with Blue Ocean Energy Management to coordinate the documentation required to apply for this certification. UFCU Plaza is one of only three commercial properties in Austin to achieve this significant milestone. This building is considered ‘high-performing’ which means it is in the top 10% of similar office buildings in terms of energy use intensity.

With the ENERGY STAR certification, UFCU Plaza realizes many benefits for the property owner and for the businesses with offices in the building as well as for the Austin community. Specifically, this building has lower utility costs compared to similar office buildings and thus lower greenhouse gas emissions, both of which are vital to the sustainability of our natural resources and enhance the value of the asset. Achieving this high level of performance offers many rewards and requires the commitment of the owner and the property management company as well as the manager who is responsible for the building operations on a daily basis.

Energy Conservation Audit and Disclosure (ECAD) Ordinance News

In the past week, Austin Energy has been sending out letters to building owners/managers about properties not being in compliance with the ECAD Ordinance. Unfortunately, many Austin Energy customers are receiving this type of letter in error due to the changes in Portfolio Manager (PM) which is the tool utilized for ECAD compliance. The options on how to report via PM changed last year and this is causing issues for Austin Energy’s software.

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