For the first time, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is allowing tenants to compete in its annual ENERGY STAR National Building Competition: Battle of the Buildings. Styled on The Biggest Loser, EPA's competition pits buildings from across the nation in a contest to see who can reduce energy use the most. Last year, more than 3,000 buildings from all 50 states and two U.S. territories participated. The top 15 winners all saved more than 30%, while buildings that reduced their consumption during the competition saved an average of nearly $25,000 and reduced their energy use by 8% from the previous year.
Back in its fourth year, the 2013 competition is expanding to allow commercial tenants leasing part of a building to compete, provided they have access to energy bills or meter data for their space. EPA is also adding new recognition categories. In addition to the overall biggest energy loser, EPA will recognize tenants with the greatest energy use reductions, and the Most Valuable Participant (MVP), which will be awarded to the competitor with the best combination of energy savings and team outreach. And EPA will once again offer recognition to any competitor that reduces its energy use by 20% or more.
Registration for the 2013 competition is open May 1 31 at www.energystar.gov/BattleOfTheBuildings.