The U.S. Department of Energy’s Federal Energy Management Program selected 12 finalists to compete in the Better Buildings Federal Award 2013 competition. Argonne National Laboratory is the sole finalist from the U.S. Department of Energy, recognized for its Building 224 Visitor Center, which uses a geothermal heating and cooling system. This geothermal system is estimated to save $4,000 in heating costs and 53 tons of greenhouse gas emissions annually.
The Better Buildings Federal Award recognizes the federal government’s highest-performing buildings through a competition to reduce annual energy use intensity (Btu per square foot of facility space) on a year-over-year basis. The federal building that achieves the greatest percentage energy intensity savings for that year wins.
From now through August 30, 2013, the finalist buildings will compete head-to-head to achieve the greatest reduction in energy intensity from their August 2012 baseline. The winner will be decided after August 2013, the last month of the competition. Read more.
Posted November 20, 2012