By Emily Paciolla, Sustainability Project Coordinator
Today marks the kickoff for the EPA’s National Building Competition! Each year EPA challenges commercial buildings to compete to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. For the sixth consecutive year, EPA’s ENERGY STAR program is hosting the National Building Competition: Battle of the Buildings to help organizations improve the energy and water efficiency of their buildings, save money and protect the environment.
The concept of the challenge is similar to a television show you might have heard of – The Biggest Loser. For this challenge, participants are battling it out to see who can shed the most “weight” in the form of energy and water use. The more buildings can reduce their energy and water consumption, the better!
This year, more than 125 teams and 6,500 individuals will be competing. They will be tracking their energy and water usage with the ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager tool, EPA’s online measurement and tracking tool.
EPA will recognize the overall Top Teams and Top Buildings, determined by the percentage-based reduction in energy or water use achieved between 2014 and 2015. EPA will also recognize Top Buildings by building category using the same metrics, as well as all individual and team competitors who reduce energy or water use by 20% or more between 2014 and 2015. DTZ is working hard with our clients and managed properties to come out on top.
Having fared well in the 2014and 2013 competitions, this year DTZ entered a team of over 125 properties into the contest. DTZ’s participants are all over the country with buildings located in 10 states and the District of Columbia, totaling more than 25 million square feet.
As our buildings provide updates throughout the competition, you can track our results through EPA’s Battle of the Buildings website. Be sure to check on our progress and cheer for our team as we compete against other buildings to reduce our energy consumption the most!
Emily joined DTZ in June of 2015 as the Sustainability Project Coordinator. Emily’s responsibilities include LEED feasibility studies, LEED project management, ENERGY STAR benchmarking and managing energy efficiency and sustainability projects. Prior to joining DTZ, Emily worked at the National Wildlife Refuge Association where she served as the Communications Associate.