University of Central Florida wins!

New parking garage cuts energy use 63%, lighting bill in half.

Among the 244 entries, utility bill savings total $5.2 million.  


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About the Challenge

America's commercial buildings are responsible for 20% of the nation's energy use and greenhouse gas emissions, and 30% of this energy typically goes to waste. This year, in the spirit of popular weight-loss competitions, EPA is challenging 245 buildings from across the nation to improve their energy efficiency, save money, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

From May to November, teams at each building will track their energy use in EPA's online tool, Portfolio Manager. Along the way they'll make improvements and report progress. They'll be sharing updates through Twitter and Facebook.

Through the competition, the teams will receive encouragement from the competition's celebrity spokesperson, John Corbett, who will provide support and tips for saving energy. The 2011 ENERGY STAR National Building Competition spokesperson is provided by jcpenney, EPA's co-sponsor for these events.

Competitor applications are no longer being accepted, but you can see profiles of all competitors, browse the live Twitter feed, and watch videos from National Building Competition spokesperson John Corbett at

May 2 - EPA news release

Important dates

Submission Period:
Start: Sep 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT End: Aug 31, 2011 11:59 PM EDT
Winners announced:
Nov 02, 2011 12:00 AM EDT