Eastman Chemical Company Earns EPA's ENERGY STAR® Certification for Superior Energy Efficiency in Office Building 469

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Eastman Chemical Company Earns EPA's ENERGY STAR® Certification for Superior Energy Efficiency in Office Building 469

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Building 469 on Jared Drive, Kingsport, TN.

Tuesday, April 30, 2013 - 8:20am

KINGSPORT, Tenn., April 30, 2013 /3BL Media/ - Eastman’s Utilities Division Office Building 469, operated by Tennessee Operations, has earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) ENERGY STAR® certification for Superior Energy Efficiency. Occupants of the building include Tennessee Operations’ Utilities Division offices, Corporate Energy Manager, and Energy Staff. 

EPA’s ENERGY STAR energy performance scale helps organizations assess how efficiently their buildings use energy relative to similar buildings nationwide. A building that scores a 75 or higher on EPA’s 1-100 scale may be eligible for ENERGY STAR certification. At certification submittal, Building 469 had an ENERGY STAR rating of 82.

"Tennessee Operations is pleased to accept EPA’s ENERGY STAR certification in recognition of our energy efficiency efforts,” said Sharon Nolen, Corporate Energy Program Manager. "This is the first Eastman-owned building to be recognized for performing in the top 25 percent of similar facilities nationwide for energy efficiency and meeting strict energy efficiency performance levels set by the EPA. Through this achievement, we continue to demonstrate our commitment to environmental stewardship while also lowering our energy costs.”

Changes made to earn the ENERGY STAR certification included replacing lighting with more energy-efficient lights, relocating thermostats for better heating and cooling control, reducing intake air during night hours, and installing a building automation system. In addition to lighting and HVAC changes that were made, employee due diligence produced additional savings with the following actions:

  • office lights, including task lights and personal lamps, were turned off at the end of the work day
  • break room lights and TVs were turned off when not in use
  • early arrivers used limited lighting versus lighting the entire building
  • conference room lighting was turned off when not in use
  • individual computers were set to “hibernate” versus “lock” mode at the end of the work day, which only uses 3 watts versus approximately 43 watts

“Improving the energy efficiency of our nation’s buildings is critical to protecting our environment, “ said Jean Lupinacci, Chief of the ENERGY STAR Commercial & Industrial Branch. “From the boiler room to the board room, organizations are leading the way by making their buildings more efficient and earning EPA’s ENERGY STAR certification.”


ENERGY STAR was introduced by EPA in 1992 as a voluntary, market-based partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency. Today, the ENERGY STAR label can be found on more than 65 different kinds of products, 1.4 million new homes, and 20,000 commercial buildings and industrial plants that meet strict energy-efficiency specifications set by the EPA. Over the past twenty years, American families and businesses have saved more than $230 billion on utility bills and prevented more than 1.8 billion metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions with help from ENERGY STAR.

For more information about ENERGY STAR Certification for Commercial Buildings:  www.energystar.gov/labeledbuildings

About Eastman Chemical Company

Eastman is a global specialty chemical company that produces a broad range of products found in items people use every day. With a portfolio of specialty businesses, Eastman works with customers to deliver innovative products and solutions while maintaining a commitment to safety and sustainability. Its market-driven approaches take advantage of world-class technology platforms and leading positions in attractive end-markets such as transportation, building and construction, and consumables. Eastman focuses on creating consistent, superior value for all stakeholders. As a globally diverse company, Eastman serves customers in approximately 100 countries and had 2012 pro forma combined revenues, giving effect to the Solutia acquisition, of approximately $9.1 billion. The company is headquartered in Kingsport, Tennessee, USA and employs approximately 13,500 people around the world. For more information, visit www.eastman.com.



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