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May 08
Registration for ENERGY STAR Building Competition is Open!

Written by Rob Pressly, NACo Program Manager.
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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is again hosting its Battle of the Buildings, a national competition for to see which buildings can save the most energy and water with help from EPA's ENERGY STAR program. This year’s competition has a new twist, though: the Team Challenge. Team Challenge allows participants to compete beyond individual buildings and include their portfolio-wide energy savings. Registration for the challenge closes Friday, May 16, so be sure to register today!

How does the challenge work?

Teams will compete against one another to see who can lower their energy and water usage the most, on a percentage basis, between 2013 and 2014.

To enter, you will need to submit your 2013 building energy use information to the EPA during the application period from April 17 - May 16. You can also choose to submit both energy and water data. After that, you will continue to work to improve building efficiency during the rest of 2014 and report your savings at the midpoint and final check-ins. The teams and buildings with the greatest savings at the end of the competition will be recognized by the EPA.

How do you form a team?

The EPA is defining a team as any group of five or more buildings. They can be from within one county, or as a partnership across multiple counties working together to reduce their energy and water usage. For example, a team could be:

  • Your entire portfolio of buildings,

  • All schools in a school district,

  • Or any five or more county-owned buildings

  • What titles can be won?

This year, the EPA has a number of categories that you can participate in to win:

  • Top Team. The winner of this title will be the team that reduces its energy or water use the most on a percentage basis over the course of the competition.

  • Top Building. This award will go to the single building that lowers its energy or water use the most on a percentage basis over the course of the competition.

  • Top Building by Category. This title will be awarded to the building in each category that reduces its energy or water use the most on a percentage basis over the course of the competition.

  • 20% Team Reduction. Any team that reduces its energy or water use by at least 20 percent over the course of the competition will earn this distinction.

  • 20% Building Reduction. Any building that reduces its energy or water use by at least 20 percent over the course of the competition will earn this distinction.

If you’re interested in learning more about what winners in the previous competitions have done, click here.

For a list of Frequently Asked Questions about the competition, click here.

You can learn about local governments leveraging the competition to save money and energy in their buildings by checking out ICMA’s case study here.

Registration to enter your team closes May 16, so don’t forget to register today!

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