A new video on 99 High Street, an office building we manage in Boston, prompted me to recap our success in the ENERGY STAR National Building Competition, which concluded earlier 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.
99 High Street 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 the owner, TIAA-CREF, and the tenants in the building. Reducing energy by 22 percent in a year is a real accomplishment — check out this blog to see how our on-site team 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 ENERGY STAR with scores higher than the national average, making it that much more difficult to achieve further gains. Nevertheless, by focusing on low-cost energy management strategies, facility managers reduced energy at the buildings by 6.6 percent, resulting in a significant energy savings and a reduction of greenhouse gas emissions totaling 189 metric tons annually.
All together, we had 11 buildings in the competition this year, and they were all winners, in that they were 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 reducing carbon at the same time.