Better Buildings Federal Award

The Better Buildings Federal Award recognizes the Federal Government's highest-performing buildings through a competition to reduce annual energy use intensity (Btu per square foot of facility space) on a year-over-year basis. The Federal building that achieves the greatest percentage energy intensity savings for that year wins.

2013 Competition

Thank you to all the participants of the 2013 Better Buildings Federal Award competition, and congratulations to this year's winner: the U.S. General Services Administration Wichita U.S. Courthouse. The building achieved a 20% reduction in building energy intensity over its August 2012 baseline. See a full description of this building's energy reduction actions. At a close second place with a 15% reduction is the Department of Army Picatinny Arsenal Building B65.

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In 2014, the Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) will award the highest-performing Federal building by presenting an award to the facility that ranks the highest in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) National Building Competition, Battle of the Buildings. FEMP strongly encourages agencies to participate since Federal buildings are eligible for EPA's competition. Battle of the Buildings uses Portfolio Manager to measure, track, and report monthly energy consumption. For more information, visit the ENERGY STAR website.

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For criteria used to select the finalists, see 2013 Competition Guidelines for Entering.

Read answers to frequently asked questions.

Contact Jennifer McCain at jennifer.mccain@ee.doe.gov, 202-586-1573, for more information.