Ruskin Co.’s headquarters has been certified by the Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star program.

The Grandview, Mo., building has been upgraded with every-saving lighting, a high-efficiency HVAC system that uses energy-recovery ventilators, solar panels and a reflective roof coating.

Earning the certification seemed like a natural progression, said Joe Enke, the company’s energy program manager.

“Already an Energy Star partner, Ruskin is pleased to accept EPA’s Energy Star certification in recognition of our energy-efficiency efforts,” he said. “This is the first Ruskin-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 the environment while also lowering our energy costs.”

Company officials saw earning the certification almost as a duty, said Jean Lupinacci, head of the company’s Energy Star commercial and industrial division.

“Improving the energy efficiency of our nation’s buildings is critical to protecting our environment,” Lupinacci said. “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.”