In an effort to promote energy efficiency, the West Michigan chapter of the United States Green Building Council is pitting West Michigan building owners against one another.
The first USGBC West Michigan Battle of the Buildings, a friendly contest between commercial building owners to see who can reduce energy usage the most during 2014, is currently accepting contestants. With assistance from Hurst Mechanical and Consumers Energy, winners will be determined by both gas and electric energy usage reductions. The contest is open to all commercial buildings within the USGBC West Michigan area. Building registration will close on March 31, 2014.
Participants will be split into different categories based on the types and number of building entries. Throughout the year, monthly energy consumption will be tracked using Portfolio Manager, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s online energy tracking tool.
Throughout the competition participants will aim to cut energy waste through energy-saving activities such as making improvements to buildings, 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.
To assist participants in achieving their goals, free energy audits and training for Portfolio Manager will be offered. The next Portfolio Manager training session will take place at Hurst Mechanical on February 14, and is free to contest participants.
Updates on contestant progress will be shared on a designated Battle of the Buildings blog, and in a mid-contest ‘weigh-in.’ Selected improvement stories will also be highlighted at the awards ceremony, as well.
There is no cost to compete. For more information, or to register for the 2014 Battle of the Buildings, please click here.