Sunrise Senior Living Communities Earn EPA’s ENERGY STAR Certification

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded 30 Sunrise Senior Living communities with its ENERGY STAR certification, which signifies that these buildings perform in the top 25 percent of similar buildings nationwide for energy efficiency and meet strict performance levels set by the EPA.

McLean, Va.— The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded 30 Sunrise Senior Living communities with its ENERGY STAR certification, which signifies that these buildings perform in the top 25 percent of similar buildings nationwide for energy efficiency and meet strict performance levels set by the EPA.

“Sunrise takes pride in our leadership not only in the future of senior care, but also in the fact that we are constantly aiming to improve and look for ways to save energy,” Andy Coelho, Sunrise Senior Living’s senior vice president, development, tells MHN. “This certification solidifies our commitment to improving our communities’ energy efficiency.”

Sunrise’s senior living communities focused specifically on implementing best practices for efficiency in the areas of lighting and HVAC, as well as laundry and kitchen operations.

“To earn this certification, our buildings focused specifically on implementing best practices for efficiency,” Coelho says. “This included keeping walk-in refrigerator doors and ice boxes closed to conserve energy and costs; washing only full loads of dishes and clothing and maintain standard temperatures to save on cost per load and energy consumption; and having dryer ducts professionally cleaned and minimizing drying times to conserve energy.”

The designation shows that the effort by residents and staff to improve its energy performance by making energy-conscious decisions and cost effective improvements to its buildings and community operations has been a success.

“Our team members instituted a comprehensive preventive maintenance program to maintain equipment and conserve energy costs,” Coelho says. “This included setting back thermostats whenever possible, ensuring that windows and doors have the proper weather stripping and using energy saving compact florescent lights where possible.”

According to the EPA, commercial buildings that earn the ENERGY STAR certification use an average of 35 percent less energy than typical buildings and also release 35 percent less carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.

“Sunrise Senior Living embraces environmental stewardship and as such have enrolled all of our U.S. communities in the EPA’s Battle of the Buildings competition,” Coelho says. “Our focus is on improving our energy use and ensuring the comfort of our residents on every level.”

Sunrise operates more than 300 communities throughout the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom, with a unit capacity of approximately 29,800 units.