Better Buildings Federal Award 2012 Competition

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.

2012 Competition

Thank you to all the participants of the 2012 Better Buildings Federal Award competition and congratulations to this year's winner, the U.S. Department of Interior's Brackish Groundwater National Desalination Research Facility! The building achieved an impressive 53.6% reduction in building energy intensity over its September 2011 baseline. The chart below shows the final placement of the eight finalists who competed in this year's race. Detailed information about each building is also available by clicking the links beneath the cards.

Track the Competition

Graphic of a ribbon representing first place.
Energy Use Intensity

Click the building name to highlight its trajectory. Roll over the dots to see each building's percentage of energy intensity reduction (Btu per square foot) over time. The Y axis represents the percentage of energy intensity from a common baseline of 0%, recorded on September 2011. The X axis represents the month and year the data was collected.

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Contact Jennifer McCain at, 202-586-1573, for more information.