The Virginia Beach Visitor Information Center, owned by the City of Virginia Beach, has maintained the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR certification and has received high marks for sustainable practices for the second year in a row. This signifies that the center performs in the top 25 percent of similar facilities nationwide for energy efficiency and meets strict energy efficiency performance levels set by the EPA.
Several upgrades were made to the center last year, including replacing the heating and air conditioning system, installing programmable thermostats and LED lighting, qualifying the center to earn the EPA’s ENERGY STAR certification. The center’s continuous practices increased its score from an 82 in 2012 to an 85 in 2013. The EPA’s ENERGY STAR energy performance scale helps organizations assess how efficiently their buildings use energy relative to similar buildings nationwide.
With more than 50,000 visitors annually, the Visitor Information Center is often the first stop guests make as they enter the resort area. It’s an important component of the Convention & Visitors Bureau's continuous efforts to make Virginia Beach a green destination.
To learn more about the Visitor Information Center’s energy audit and improvements, see a video at www.vbgov.com/energy. For more information about ENERGY STAR Certification for Commercial Buildings, visit www.energystar.gov/labeledbuildings. For more information about the Virginia Beach Visitor Information Center, visit www.visitvirginiabeach.com.