Hanley Federal Building is Energy Star® Efficient

News Release
Northeast and Caribbean Region

May 1, 2012

Hanley Federal Building is Energy Star® Efficient, Facility Also Earns a $45,000 Rebate

SYRACUSE, N.Y. - Energy efficient technologies, systems and products integrated by the U.S. General Services Administration into the James M. Hanley Federal Building have helped this federal facility earn the Environmental Protection Agency’s prestigious Energy Star® designation. EPA estimates that Energy Star® label buildings use 35 percent less energy on average, and that also saves taxpayer dollars. In addition, GSA’s installation of a new energy efficient boiler earned the building a $45,000 rebate from National Grid, its utility provider. The building, located on South Clinton Street in downtown Syracuse, NY, is owned and operated by GSA.

"We are extremely proud of this honor," said GSA Regional Administrator Denise L. Pease. "GSA's Northeast and Caribbean Region is completely committed to supporting President Obama and his administration's environmental efforts. The Energy Star® designations for our buildings are not only proof of our commitment to good environmental stewardship but also demonstrate lowered energy costs, and that’s good news for taxpayers.”

The 14-story, 404,755 gross square foot James M. Hanley Federal Building was completed in 1976 and houses federal courts and agency operations serving the Syracuse, N.Y. area. Several energy saving features contributed to this achievement. The building received new energy-efficient exterior LED lighting as well as a re-commissioning with a heating, ventilating and air-conditioning systems tune-up. Re-commissionings serve to identify low-cost, high-impact changes to motors, sensors and equipment as well as advanced meter installations that can greatly improve energy efficiency at buildings, especially older ones.

The Energy Star® is recognized nationwide as a symbol for superior energy efficiency and environmental protection. It signifies that a building’s energy performance rates in the top 25 percent of facilities nationwide. Energy Star® labeled buildings use an average of 35 percent less energy and are responsible for 35 percent less carbon dioxide emissions than average buildings. Nationally there are over 12,000 Energy Star® buildings. GSA has 149 buildings that have achieved an Energy Star® label, and has an additional 176 buildings that are eligible. Thirteen of these Energy Star® federal facilities are located in GSA’s Northeast and Caribbean Region.

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 50 different kinds of products, new homes, and commercial and industrial buildings. Products and buildings that have earned the Energy Star® designation prevent greenhouse gas emissions by meeting strict energy-efficiency specifications set by the government.


As the federal government's workplace solutions provider, the U.S. General Services Administration works to foster an effective, sustainable and transparent government for the American people. GSA’s expertise in government workplace solutions include:

  • Effective management of government assets including more than 9,600 government-owned or leased buildings and 210,000 vehicles in the federal fleet, and preservation of historic federal properties;
  • Leveraging the government’s buying power through responsible acquisition of products and services making up more than 11 percent of the government’s total procurement dollars;
  • Providing innovative technology solutions to enhance government efficiency and increase citizen engagement; and,
  • Promoting responsible use of federal resources through development of governmentwide policies ranging from federal travel to property and management practices.

For more information about ENERGY STAR® visit www.energystar.gov.
For more information about GSA visit www.gsa.gov

Last Reviewed 2016-04-20