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Energy Efficiency Project of the Year

The Energy Efficiency Project of the Year award highlights individual projects that display innovation and a high impact on energy use relative to investment, including use of available incentives. Projects are self-nominated and available in the following categories: large building >100,000 sf, small building <100,000 sf, K-12 school. Winners are determined by a blind jury of Better Buildings Challenge partners and experts based on the award criteria below. A building's category is determined by the square footage and use type reported in ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager®. Projects are self-nominated.

Eligibility

  • Project must have been completed between January 1, 2015 and June 30, 2017 

Judging Criteria

Energy Efficiency Project of the Year Judging Criteria
Criteria Weight

Energy

Expected/realized energy savings compared to whole building use

Use of the ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager® energy project tracker is encouraged to allow comparison of the pre-project EUI with the expected/realized energy savings post-project.

40%

Investment

Total project investment
Financial incentives utilized
Expected/realized cost savings

30%

Innovation

Review of total project scope (if part of a larger project), use of new and innovative technology and resources, and the incorporation of the project into the overall building operation.

20%

Triple-Bottom Line

Additional factors that impact people, the planet, and the economy such as economic development through local contractors and labor, influence on the surrounding area, occupant/staff comfort and satisfaction, etc.

5%

Application

Nomination application is clear, complete, and provides compelling information.

5%

 

2017 Winner

Two-Fifty

Award accepted by Mark Nicholson, General Manager and Danielle Schumacher, Assistant Property Manager

Two-Fifty has undergone massive upgrades over the past year and a half. Examples of projects are the replacement of the parking structure lighting with LEDs with motion sensors that allow the lights to drop down to 30% when no motion is detected, a Building Automation System upgrade, and elevator modernization that includes lighting shutting off when not in use.

 

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