FBISD to compete in the 2013 ENERGY STAR National Building Competition
Fort Bend ISD will compete among more than 3,200 participants in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) 2013 ENERGY STAR National Building Competition: Battle of the Buildings. The competition serves as a platform to help organizations improve the energy efficiency of commercial buildings, and protect the environment. In the spirit of popular weight-loss competitions,
Fort Bend ISD will battle it out against more than 3,200 other participants across the country to work off our energy waste through improvements in energy efficiency, with help from EPA’s ENERGY STAR program.
“The Battle of the Buildings competition is a great way to promote FBISD’s energy conservation efforts and achievements,” said Kellie Williams, FBISD’s Energy Manager. “The goal of our Energy Department is to help our district become the leader in energy efficiency by reducing wasteful spending and realizing utility cost savings that can be redirected back to the classrooms where it’s needed.”
The teams in the 2013 ENERGY STAR National Building Competition represent more than 25 different types of commercial buildings. EPA will maintain a website devoted to the competition at www.energystar.gov/BattleOfTheBuildings.
The site will feature a list of competitors and their “weigh-in” results, a map of competitor locations, a live Twitter feed where competitors will post updates on their progress, and a user-generated Flickr photo stream where competitors will upload pictures highlighting their energy-saving efforts. energy as possible.”
Competitors will measure and track their monthly energy consumption using EPA’s ENERGY STAR online tracking tool, Portfolio Manager; make improvements to their building or space’s energy performance; and share their progress. Among the more than 3,200 competitors this year, the building or tenant space that demonstrates the greatest percentage-based reduction in energy use intensity will be recognized as the winner in April 2014.
FBISD is reducing energy by:
• Replacing HVAC equipment with high energy, efficiency rated equipment,
• Reducing HVAC runtime hours, and
• Replacing old lighting with LED and fluorescent lighting
According to EPA, energy use in commercial buildings accounts for nearly 20 percent of total U.S. greenhouse gas emissions and energy use at a cost of more than $100 billion per year. On average, 30% of the energy used in commercial buildings is wasted. In the past year, FBISD has reduced CO2 emissions by the equivalent of what it takes to power 693 homes.
Watch the battle unfold at www.energystar.gov/BattleOfTheBuildings.
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