Novato, Calif.-based Fireman’s Fund Insurance Co. has become an Energy Star partner. The partnership, the first for an insurance company, recognizes the company’s leadership in promoting environmental protection and energy efficiency through its green insurance products and services.
In 2006, Fireman’s Fund began offering the nation’s first green insurance for commercial buildings. This product gave the first financial incentive for green building owners — a 5 percent discount on the policy premium – for LEED-certified buildings. The company has since expanded its green product offerings to include insurance coverage for homes, historic buildings, hotels, restaurants, commercial auto, manufacturing facilities and commercial buildings that are under construction.
“Teaming up with Energy Star gives Fireman’s Fund the opportunity to help customers earn the Energy Star rating for their top-performing buildings and set realistic energy performance goals for new construction projects,” said Steve Greger, green loss control director. “Using the EPA guidelines for energy management helps our customers reap the benefits of superior energy efficiency.”
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency introduced Energy Star in 1992 as a voluntary, market-based partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency. Today, the 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-efficient specifications set by the government.
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