EPA’s National Building Competition Features Chicago Buildings

August 02, 2012

energy efficient homeOn July 25, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) ENERGY STAR program launched the National Building Competition in which 3,200 buildings across the nation compete to improve energy efficiency, lower utility costs and protect health and the environment. U.S. commercial buildings, which are responsible for approximately 20 percent of the nation’s energy use and greenhouse gas emissions, spend more than $100 billion annually in energy bills.

In Chicago alone, 23 buildings by various organizations have entered in the 2012 ENERGY STAR National Building Competition. Some buildings include Advocate Trinity Hospital, One East Wacker Building, Kenwood of Lake View and 120 South Riverside Plaza.

In 2011, the 245 participants saved $5.2 million on their utility bills and prevented nearly 30,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide annually, equal to the emissions from the electricity used by more than 3,600 homes a year. By starting with improving the energy efficiency of commercial buildings such as schools, offices, hospitals and retail stores, competitors will be able to protect the environment and people’s health.

Representing all 50 states, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands and the District of Colombia, more than 30 different types of commercial building are going head to head in this year’s National Building Competition. In 2010, the National Building Competition had only 14 participants while in 2011, there were 245 participants.

Launched in 1992 by EPA, ENERGY STAR is a market-based partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Energy Star program. Over the past 20 years, with the help of Energy Star, American families and businesses have saved about $230 billion on utility bills and prevented more than 1.7 billion metric tons of carbon pollution. To date, more than 1.3 million new homes and nearly 18,500 buildings across all 50 states have earned EPA’s Energy Star certification. The Energy Star label can be found on more than 65 different kinds of products with more than 5 billion sold over the last 20 years.

For the list of competitors, an interactive map of buildings and photos, visit You can also stay updated on the latest news from this year’s participants by searching the #ESNBC hashtag on Twitter.

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Brittany Henderson is currently the salon coordinator at Accent On Hair, Inc. in Augusta. Accent On Hair has been in business for 30 years! In the summer of 2012, she was a public relations intern at Marketing RELEVANCE. She writes news releases and blog posts about everything real estate.

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