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April 20, 2015
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Michigan Battle of the Buildings
The Michigan Battle of the Buildings is an awards and recognition program for energy use reduction that is open to all commercial and industrial buildings in the state. Via fb.com

The battle for Michigan’s green buildings has begun.

The Mitten State’s buildings now have their own energy reduction cost competition, a real estate, architecture and design version of “America’s Biggest Loser,” if you will.

It’s called the Michigan Battle of the Buildings competition.

Hosted by the U.S. Green Building Council West Michigan Chapter, the Michigan Battle of the Buildings, which is described as “an energy reduction war, a crusade against kilowatts, a barrage against BTU’s,” is an awards and recognition program for energy use reduction that is open to all commercial and industrial buildings in the state.

The competition, which has no cost to enter, is looking to be “a way to encourage energy-efficient practices in buildings across the state and to instill a spirit of friendly competition among the area’s building owners and operators,” according to its website.

Winners of the Michigan Battle of the Buildings will be named at this year’s inaugural Earth Day Energy Summit, scheduled for 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m., April 22, in the Ambassador Ballroom of the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, downtown Grand Rapids. Valerie Brader, executive director the new Michigan Agency for Energy, will serve as the event’s keynote speaker.

The summit is a partnership between the U.S. Green Building Council West Michigan Chapter and the U.S. Green Building Council Detroit Regional Chapter, with Consumers Energy and DTE Energy also participating.

Tickets for the event are $75 and $65 for USGBC Chapter members.

To register for the event, visit its website.

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