ST. LOUIS, April 23, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Walsh & Associates, Inc. announced today that its St. Louis Headquarters Office and Warehouse successfully crossed the finish line in EPA's 2012 ENERGY STAR National Building Competition: Battle of the Buildings. In its third year, the competition featured teams from across the country racing to improve energy efficiency, lower utility costs and protect health and the environment. Together, competitors cut their energy costs by more than $50 million.
Walsh & Associates, Inc. reduced its energy use by 34 percent and prevented 43 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions over the course of the year, equal to 4,821 gallons of gasoline consumed. Additionally, Walsh & Associates, Inc. was formally recognized for
- placing 12th overall among all 3,000 competitors for energy use reductions
- placing first among all Warehouses
- achieving an energy use reduction of 20 percent or greater
The winner of the competition was Demarest Elementary School, in Bloomfield, New Jersey, which reduced its energy use by more than 52 percent.
From improvements in operations and maintenance to upgrades in equipment and technology, the competitors together saved more than 3 billion kBtus of energy and more than $50 million on utility bills annually. The competitors also prevented greenhouse gas emissions equal to the electricity used by more than 43,000 homes per year.
"EPA's ENERGY STAR National Building Competition helped us save energy, cut our utility bills, and protect the climate," said Randall D. Lewis, Director of Operations, Walsh & Associates, Inc. "We are excited by the enthusiasm and commitment of our team here at Walsh & Associates, Inc. and look forward to seeing more savings in the future from our efforts."
Walsh & Associates, Inc. reduced its energy use through a variety of strategies, including lighting upgrades, 100kW solar array, water misters on HVAC units, and occupancy sensors.
"The impressive results of the third-annual National Building Competition are proof positive that any building can take simple steps to improve the energy efficiency of the buildings where we all work, play, and learn," said Jean Lupinacci, chief of ENERGY STAR for commercial buildings and industrial plants. "All of the participants in the Energy Star National Building Competition are finding more and more ways to cut energy use, saving thousands of dollars and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Congratulations to Walsh & Associates, Inc. for helping to lead the way."
The 2012 Energy Star National Building Competition measured energy performance over the entire 2012 calendar year. Competitors tracked their building's monthly energy consumption using EPA's online energy tracking tool, Energy Star Portfolio Manager. Demarest Elementary School won the competition by demonstrating the largest percent-reduction in energy use, adjusted for weather and the size of the building. The energy use reductions for each top finisher were verified by an independently licensed professional engineer or registered architect at the conclusion of the competition. Last year, the University of Central Florida won the competition, reducing the energy use of an on-campus parking garage by more than 63 percent.
Energy use in commercial buildings accounts for nearly 20 percent of total U.S. greenhouse gas emissions at a cost of more than $100 billion per year. Thousands of businesses and organizations work with EPA's Energy Star program and are saving billions of dollars and preventing millions of tons of greenhouse gas emissions from entering the atmosphere each year.
More information on the 2012 Energy Star National Building Competition, including top overall finishers and top finishers by building category, an interactive map of competitors, and a wrap-up report: http://www.energystar.gov/BattleOfTheBuildings
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