ENERGY STAR Launches 2012 Building Competition

May 8, 2012

Given that small businesses consume a significant portion of the nation’s electricity and natural gas for commercial and industrial use, NSBA is encouraging its members to reduce their energy consumption and improve their energy efficiency by participating in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) 2012 ENERGY STAR® National Building Competition. Running through May 23, EPA is accepting nominations for commercial buildings to compete in its 2012 challenge.  This competition allows commercial building owners and managers an opportunity to receive national recognition for achieving energy, water, and cost savings for their properties and businesses.

In the 2011 Battle of the Buildings challenge, over 240 buildings from across the nation competed to see who could achieve the greatest energy savings.  Combined, participants were able to save over $5 million on utility bills and more than 240 million kBtus, the equivalent of preventing greenhouse gas emissions from approximately 3,600 homes per year.  Of the more than 240 buildings that participated last year, nearly a third reduced their annual energy use by 10 percent or more and almost 40 percent of eligible competitors earned the ENERGY STAR award.

This year, in addition to recognizing the overall winner and top finishers by building category, EPA will also add a new category, water efficiency, and specifically recognize any building that improves efficiency by 20 percent or more.  EPA will also provide competitors with the opportunity to participate in monthly networking sessions, use free competition creative materials and logos, and be included on the competition website.  Additionally, EPA will promote the competition through traditional and social media.

For more information on the 2012 ENERGY STAR® National Building Competition, instructions for how to register, and FAQs, please visit www.energystar.gov/BattleOfTheBuildings.  Applications are due on May 23, 2012.