Battle of the Buildings - 2013
September 9, 2013
Release Date: Sept. 9, 2013
As part of GSA’s commitment to create a more sustainable government, the agency has entered more than 600 GSA owned buildings into the Environmental Protection Agency’s 2013 Energy Star National Building Competition: Battle of the Buildings.
Teams from those GSA owned properties, and thousands of other buildings nationwide, will battle it out to see who can most reduce their building’s energy use. Battle of the Buildings competitors in GSA’s Northwest/Arctic Region include the Pioneer U.S. Courthouse in Portland built in 1875, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Seattle District Headquarters completed in 2012, and 49 other GSA properties in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington.
From 2003 baseline to June 2013, GSA’s Northwest/Arctic Region has reduced energy use in federal buildings by 23.85 percent. The current total energy use in the region, including Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington, is 23.85% less energy than in fiscal year 2003. This equates to a total cost savings and cost avoidance of $2,902,000.
The GSA has made significant investments in federal buildings across the United States to ensure they are high performing and energy efficient office buildings. These Investments in energy saving technologies, setting aggressive energy use targets, ongoing tenant education, establishing Green Teams, integrating building operations and a continuous monitoring all contributed to the significant reductions and savings.
Battle of the Buildings competitors measure and track their buildings’ monthly energy consumption and work over the year to cut energy waste through improvements that range from equipment replacement to changes in occupant behavior. Midpoint “weigh-in” results will be posted in December. The winner will be announced in April 2014.
In support of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan, which calls for buildings to cut waste and become at least 20 percent more energy efficient by 2020, the competition specifically targets wasted energy in commercial buildings and motivates businesses to improve energy efficiency, reduce harmful carbon pollution, and save money.
Energy Star’s Battle of the Buildings motivates businesses to improve energy efficiency and save energy costs. Competitors measure and track their buildings’ monthly energy consumption using Portfolio Manager, EPA's Energy Star online energy measurement and tracking tool. Competitors cut energy waste through efficiency improvements from equipment replacement to changes in building occupant actions.
According to the EPA, Commercial buildings are responsible for 20 percent of U.S. energy use and greenhouse gas emissions at a cost of more than $100 billion annually. By improving the energy efficiency where Americans work, play, and learn, Battle of the Buildings competitors will save energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions to fight climate change. Last year’s competitors cut energy costs more than $50 million and reduced annual greenhouse gas emissions equal to the electricity used by more than 43,000 homes.
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