A new video on Boston’s 99 High prompted me to recap our success in the ENERGY STAR National Building Competition which concluded this month. Like running in the Boston Marathon, success in the Battle of the Buildings doesn’t require that you actually beat all the other competitors. If you do your best and cross the finish line, that’s a tremendous accomplishment in and of itself.
99 High was one of the top performers in the office building category, with a 22.16 percent reduction in Energy Utilization Intensity (EUI). Over 12 months, the building’s EUI went from 211.2 to 164.4, resulting in major savings in energy and carbon emissions for owner TIAA-CREF and the building’s tenants. Reducing energy by 22 percent in a year is a real achievement. Check out the 99 High podcast on how our on-site team raised the bar and made it happen.
I’d also like to highlight the great work by our facility management team at four buildings occupied by our client Intuit. All four buildings started the competition with scores higher than the national average. By focusing on low-cost energy management strategies, facility managers reduced energy at the buildings by another 6.6 percent, resulting in a significant energy savings and a reduction of greenhouse gas emissions totaling 189 metric tons annually.
We had 11 buildings in the competition this year, all focused on effective strategies to save energy. In 2012, our plan is to have even more buildings join the challenge, saving owners even more money and at the same time reducing their carbon footprint.