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Energy Department Announces Finalists for the Better Buildings Federal Award

Wednesday, May 30, 2012   (0 Comments)
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First-annual award honors highly efficient buildings that save taxpayer money

May 30, 2012

Underscoring the Obama Administration's commitments to saving energy, reducing costs for taxpayers and protecting our air and water, the Energy Department today announced eight finalists for the first-annual Better Buildings Federal Award. This competition recognizes the federal government's highest-performing buildings and challenges agencies to achieve the greatest reduction in annual energy intensity—or energy consumed per square foot. The federal building that achieves the greatest energy savings over a one-year competition period wins.

The eight finalists, which represent a range of building types, sizes, and agency functions, were selected based upon past and current sustainability efforts that demonstrate leadership and promote ongoing energy savings. When selecting finalists, the Department's Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) considered energy efficiency measures deployed in the facility, best practices in energy management and building operations undertaken by facility personnel, and institutional change programs and other tools that were used to encourage broad sustainability efforts within the facility. From now until September 30, 2012, the selected finalists will compete in a head-to-head competition to achieve the greatest reduction in Fiscal Year 2012 energy intensity.

The following facilities were selected as finalists:

Department of Defense:

  • Army and Air Force Exchange Service, Fort Hood, Texas
  • Army Boatwright Maintenance Park Building, Fort Knox, Kentucky

Department of Energy:

  • Sandia National Laboratory Building 753, Albuquerque, New Mexico

Department of Interior:

  • Bureau of Reclamation Brackish Groundwater National Desalination Research Facility, Alamogordo, New Mexico

Department of Treasury:

  • Bureau of Public Debt Avery Street Building, Parkersburg, West Virginia
General Services Administration:
  • Frank Carlson Federal Building and Courthouse, Topeka, Kansas
  • Neal Smith Federal Building, Des Moines, Iowa
  • Sam Nunn Atlanta Federal Center, Atlanta, Georgia

For more information on this year's finalists, visit theFederal Energy Management Program (FEMP) webpage.

The Better Buildings Federal Award is part of a larger effort by the Obama Administration challenging the private and public sector to make rapid investments in more sustainable, energy-efficient workplaces that set an example for the nation. In early December, President ObamaannouncedPDFthe investment of nearly $4 billion in combined federal and private sector energy upgrades to buildings. As part of that announcement, the Administration issued aPresidential Memorandumcommitting the federal government and its agencies to enter into a minimum of $2 billion in performance-based contracts to improve federal building energy efficiency over the next two years.

The Energy Department'sOffice of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energyaccelerates development and facilitates deployment of energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies and market-based solutions that strengthen U.S. energy security, environmental quality, and economic vitality. Learn more about how the Energy Department provides the services, tools, and expertise to federal agencies to help them achieve their federal energy management goals at theFEMP website.

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