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Battle of the Buildings

Wayne State University has entered the Academic Administration Building into Michigan Battle of the Buildings.

The Michigan USGBC Battle of the Buildings competition is an awards and recognition program for energy use reduction that is open to all commercial buildings. The program is a way to encourage energy-efficient practices in buildings across the state and to instill a spirit of friendly competition among the area’s building owners and operators. The competition takes place between April and December 2015. The buildings that demonstrate the greatest percentage-based reduction in energy use intensity during the competition will be recognized as a winner at the 2016 energy summit.

Throughout the competition Wayne State University will cut energy waste through energy-saving activities such as making improvements to the building, optimizing operations and maintenance, and engaging occupants to save. There are currently fliers placed around A/AB that share ways for individuals to get involved by reducing their energy use. Facilities Planning and Management (FPM) is implementing a series of energy conservation measures that will help benefit A/AB’s standing in the competition. Already, FPM has implemented a summer boiler shutdown program that yield’s beneficial energy savings. Additionally, FPM is actively identifying more energy conservation measures to implement in A/AB as well as the rest of the campus.  During the competition A/AB occupants will also have the opportunity to participate in a workshop where they will learn more about energy conservation.  Look for more updates throughout the contest period.

“This is an exciting program because it allows us to gauge our energy conservation efforts against our counterparts from around the state,” said Daryl Pierson, of the WSU Office of Campus Sustainability. “It’s also great to see institutions, school districts, government offices, and businesses competing to reduce energy consumption. It just shows that environmental sustainability touches a variety of organizations.”

This competition is sponsored by the West Michigan Chapter and Detroit Chapter of the US Green Building council, Consumers Energy, and DTE Energy.

For more information, contact the Office of Campus Sustainability at ar1086@wayne.edu or 313-577-5068.