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 the winner in each building category (large building >100,000 sf, small building <100,000 sf, K-12 school) will be 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®.


  • Project completed between January 1, 2015 and June 30, 2017.

Judging Criteria

Energy Efficiency Project of the Year Judging Criteria
Criteria Weight


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.



Total project investment
Financial incentives utilized
Expected/realized cost savings



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.


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.



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


Nominator Information

Please fill out the information below so that we may contact you if there are any questions on your nominations.

Phone Number  


Are you connected with the project(s)/participant(s) that you are nominating? Yes No

If so, please explain your connection

Energy Efficiency Project of the Year

The Energy Efficiency Project of the Year highlights individual projects that display innovation and a high impact on energy use relative to investment. Please fill out the information below as completely as possible to ensure accurate review by the panel of judges. Where possible, information provided will be compared against information provided in ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager®.

Participant/Building Information

Which participant completed the project

Project Street Address

Project City

Project Information

Project Completion Date

Project Category

Please describe the project in as much detail as possible, including

  • Description of equipment/project implemented - please include numbers when available (ex. # of LED lights installed, etc)
  • Description of equipment being replaced (if applicable)
  • How the project impacted the building's energy use and operational efficiency
  • If the project was part of a larger project, please describe how the individual project fit into the larger project

Approximate Project Cost

Did the project utilize Focus on Energy incentives? Yes No Unsure

If so, what was the value of the incentives received? $

Did the project utilize any other incentives? Yes No Unsure

Expected/realized energy savings (if known)

Expected/realized cost savings (if known)

Please describe any new and innovative technology that this project utilized

Were any locally manufactured technologies/equipment used in this project? Yes No

If so, please describe them, including the manufacturer and their location

Which contractor(s) was used to implement this project?

Company Location

Is there any other information that you would like to share about the project? Please include any information on how this project impacts the triple-bottom line (examples: people: occupant comfort/satisfaction, planet: additional environmental impacts from the project/building (water, waste, etc.), economy: impact on surrounding area, job creation, etc.)

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