The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today that the West Side Streets Department facility and the Larry D. Nelson Engineering facility, owned by the City of Madison, have both been selected to participate in the EPA’s ENERGY STAR National Building Competition: Battle of the Buildings. The contest aims to improve the energy efficiency of commercial buildings and protect the environment. In the spirit of popular weight-loss competitions, the two City facilities will battle it out against hundreds of other teams from buildings across the country to work off the waste through improvements in energy efficiency with help from EPA’s ENERGY STAR program.
We are proud to support these competitors with our Energy Stewards web platform, which automatically links to ENERGY STAR’s Portfolio Manager web tool. City employees at both facilities have access to Energy Stewards’ graphs of monthly utility records and energy management actions to help guide their efforts over the next four months.
The 2011 ENERGY STAR National Building Competition includes 245 teams from 26 different types of commercial buildings – such as retail stores, schools, hotels, and museums – that hail from 33 states and the District of Columbia. Eleven buildings are 100 years old or greater, the smallest building is just over 6,000 square feet, and fifteen buildings cover more than 1 million square feet of floor space with the largest totaling nearly 3 million square feet.
Competitors will measure and track their building’s monthly energy consumption using Portfolio Manager; make improvements to their building’s energy performance; and share their progress. Of the initial pool of 245 competitors, a small group of buildings will be selected as finalists in July. Among the finalists, the building that demonstrates the greatest percentage-based reduction in energy use intensity will be recognized as the winner on November 2, 2011.