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It’s time for an energy reduction war, a crusade against kilowatts, a barrage against BTUs … a West Michigan Battle of the Buildings! The U.S. Green Building Council West Michigan (USGBC-WM) Chapter announces that the first annual West Michigan Battle of the Buildings is officially open for contestants!
Made possible by strong community partners like Consumers Energy and Hurst Mechanical, the West Michigan USGBC Battle of the Buildings Program is an awards and recognition program for energy use reduction open to all USGBC West Michigan Chapter area commercial buildings. The program is a way to encourage energy-efficient practices in buildings across the region and to instill a spirit of friendly competition among the area’s building owners and operators. Over 1,000,000 square feet of building space is already committed!
On March 31, 2014 building registration will close and categories will be determined based on type and number of building entries. Throughout the year participants will measure, track, and report their monthly energy consumption using Portfolio Manager, the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) online energy tracking tool.
Throughout the competition, participants will cut waste through energy-saving activities such as making improvements to the building, optimizing operations and maintenance, and engaging occupants to save. The buildings that demonstrate the greatest percentage-based reduction in EUI (energy use intensity) during the competition will be recognized as a winner at a 2015 energy summit. This summit will consist of a panel discussion of participants, vendor booths, and an awards banquet.
The West Michigan Battle of the Buildings was recently endorsed by the EPA in this statement: “The Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR program has found that a spirit of healthy competition and the opportunity for recognition are among the best drivers for participation in organization/community-wide energy management. Competitions are a great way to inspire and motivate businesses to save money while reducing carbon pollution that contributes to climate change. ENERGY STAR applauds USGBC-West Michigan for their leadership in promoting commercial building energy efficiency, and we can’t wait to see what buildings come out on top!”
Click here for information on how to enter, to register a building, or to become a Battle partner.
Grand Rapids Business Journal is proud to be the Official Media Partner of the first annual West Michigan Battle of the Buildings.