EPA Kicks Off Third Annual Energy Star National Building Competition

July 30th, 2012 by DWM Magazine

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Energy Star program launched the 2012 National Building Competition: Battle of the Buildings with 3,200 buildings across the country going head to head to improve energy efficiency, lower utility costs and protect health and the environment.

“This year the number of teams committing to increase energy efficiency through the Energy Star Battle of the Buildings is larger than ever before — more than ten times as many as last year. We’re expecting record energy savings as more and more buildings cut back on their energy use,” says EPA administrator Lisa P. Jackson. “We wish the best to the thousands of teams competing, but we know the big winners will be the American people, who will benefit from the innovative ideas that emerge from the competition. As in years past, these ideas will translate into new ways we can all cut energy use, save money on our power bills, and reduce the carbon pollution that is changing our climate.”

Competitors use EPA’s Energy Star online tool, Portfolio Manager, to measure and track their buildings’ monthly energy consumption. Throughout the year-long competition the public can keep track of the progress made by buildings on the web.

A list of buildings leading the competition at the half-way point of the competition will be released this fall. The winner along with top finalists in each building category with the largest percentage reduction in energy use in 2012 as compared to 2011 will be recognized in April 2013.

A list of competitors, social media updates (#ESNBC), interactive map of buildings and photos of the competition will be available online.

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