Earlier this year, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) began accepting applications for the EPA National Building Competition. The application process completed on February 12, 2010 and the finalists were just announced yesterday.

These 14 finalists will compete in the contest, which will measure how well each building improves its overall energy efficiency. Energy usage data from September 1, 2009 through August 31, 2010 will be evaluated and the building that realizes the greatest percentage-based reduction in energy use will be declared the winner during an October 26, 2010 celebration.

“It’s time for buildings to tighten their belts and we’re happy to help them go on an energy diet,” said Gina McCarthy, assistant administrator for air and radiation. “Cutting energy use will reduce their monthly expenses and their carbon footprint, showing that environmental protection and economic growth can go hand in hand.” Source: EPA

The EPA received nearly 200 applicants and ended up choosing 14 finalists. The buildings chosen vary in purpose from office building to hotel and schools to retail stores.

EPA National Building Competition Finalists

  • 522 Fifth Avenue Building, New York, N.Y.
  • 1525 Wilson Boulevard Building, Arlington, VA
  • Crystal River Elementary School, Carbondale, CO
  • Courtyard by Marriott San Diego Downtown, San Diego, CA
  • JCPenney Store 1778, Orange, CA
  • Maplewood Mall, St. Paul, MN
  • Memorial Arts Building at the Woodruff Arts Center, Atlanta, GA
  • Morrison Residence Hall at UNC Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC
  • Sears, Glen Burnie, MD
  • Sheraton Austin Hotel, Austin, TX
  • Solon Family Health Center at the Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH
  • Tucker Residence Hall at North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC
  • Van Holten Primary School, Bridgewater, NJ
  • Virginia Beach Convention Center, Virginia Beach, VA
The National Building Competition website will track each contestant’s progress and provide mid-point and final contest figures for the public to view.

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