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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) hosts first national building competition to improve energy efficiency

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is sponsoring a national energy efficiency contest, featuring 14 commercial buildings from across the country. Nearly 200 applications were received for this competition. The 14 finalists, including schools, hotels, dormitories, stores, offices, museums,... will be judged on their actual energy performance. Participants will measure and track their building’s monthly energy consumption using EPA’s online energy tracking tool, Portfolio Manager, make improvements to their building’s energy performance and share their progress. The building that demonstrates the greatest percentage-based reduction in energy use over the contest energy performance period (from 1st September 2009 to 31 August 2010) will be recognized as the winner.
EPA’s National Building Competition contestants are:
  • 522 Fifth Avenue Building, New York, N.Y.
  • 1525 Wilson Boulevard Building, Arlington, Va.
  • Crystal River Elementary School, Carbondale, Colo.
  • Courtyard by Marriott San Diego Downtown, San Diego, Calif.
  • JCPenney Store 1778, Orange, Calif.
  • Maplewood Mall, St. Paul, Minn.
  • Memorial Arts Building at the Woodruff Arts Center, Atlanta, Ga.
  • Morrison Residence Hall at UNC Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, N.C.
  • Sears, Glen Burnie, Md.
  • Sheraton Austin Hotel, Austin, Texas
  • Solon Family Health Center at the Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio
  • Tucker Residence Hall at North Carolina State University, Raleigh, N.C.
  • Van Holten Primary School, Bridgewater, N.J.
  • Virginia Beach Convention Center, Virginia Beach, Va.

The competition Web site will provide profiles of each contestant and chronicle their progress as well as feature advice for contestants from EPA and leading building efficiency specialists. Each building will also participate in mid-point and final contest weigh-ins and the results will be posted online at the competition Web site.

Energy use in commercial buildings accounts for 17 percent of total U.S. greenhouse gas emissions at a cost of more than $100 billion per year. On average, 30 percent of the energy used in commercial buildings is wasted. Thousands of businesses and organizations work with the EPA’s Energy Star program and are saving billions of dollars and preventing millions of tons of greenhouse gas emissions from entering our atmosphere each year.

Meet the contestants and follow EPA’s National Building Competition:

Learn more about EPA’s Energy Star program for commercial buildings: