announces top contenders in competition
The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA)
Energy Star program announced the top contenders at the midpoint
of the 2011 National Building Competition: Battle of the Buildings.
The list of top contenders identifies the leaders with the greatest
percent reduction of energy use in each of the 12 building categories
in the competition. EPA also provided an update on the progress
of all participants as they continue to go head-to-head to save
energy, reduce costs and protect Americans’ health and their
In the first 6 months of the competition alone, teams representing
245 buildings around the country have saved more than $3.7 million
on utility bills and reduced greenhouse gas emissions equal to
the electricity used by 2,300 homes annually. Competitors measure
and track their building’s monthly energy consumption using EPA’s
Energy Star online energy tracking tool, Portfolio Manager. The
building with the largest percentage reduction in energy use,
adjusted for weather and the size of the building, will be recognized
as the winner in November.
Competitors from 26 different types of commercial buildings across
33 states and the District of Columbia are utilizing social media
applications to exchange ideas and strategies. Consumers can
also go online to view details on the competitors in their region
and find information about saving energy.