Who’ll Win The Battle Of The Buildings?

You remember the Battle of the Bands, but hey, that was back in high school. Now that you’re all grown up and eco-aware, you may be interested in the US Environmental Protection Agency‘s (EPA’s) Battle of the Buildings, which will pit teams from 245 buildings around the country against each other. The goal? To see which can reduce their energy use the most.

Currently, 245 buildings have entered the competition, including 26 different types of commercial buildings such as retail stores, schools, hotels, and museums, (some of which are more than 100 years old). This is meant to be a friendly competition, with teams exchanging ideas and strategies through a live Twitter feed and a Facebook forum.

Energy Plaza, Dallas, TX

image via EPA

By participating in the EPA’s Battle of the Buildings, teams will gain exposure and pulicity for their buildings through the competition’s website, which includes photos and facts about each (in addition, of course, to tips and links to consumer-friendly information about saving energy).

Participants will measure and track their building’s monthly energy consumption using EPA’s Energy Star online energy tracking tool, Portfolio Manager. In July, the field will be narrowed down to a handful of energy efficient finalists, which will be required to submit more detailed proof of their energy use reductions since the start of the competition, which must be signed and stamped by a professional engineer or licensed architect.

In November, the building team with the largest percentage reduction in energy use will be recognized as the winner of the competition.

Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.

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