ENERGY STAR National Building Competition: 2013 summary

Image of Claiborne Elementary School, Baton Rouge, La.
Pictured: Claiborne Elementary School, Baton Rouge, La. Winner of the 2013 ENERGY STAR National Building Competition

In 2013, EPA hosted its fourth season of the ENERGY STAR National Building Competition to see which U.S. building could cut its energy use the most. More than 3,200 buildings from all 50 states, two U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia battled the scale and each other. Together they saved more than $20 million, and reduced greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by more than 130,000 MtCO2e. The average cost savings and GHG emissions reduction per building that saved was more than $21,000 and more than 121 MtCO2e, respectively.

To see final standings, download a list of all 2013 competitors here.

Learn how top finishers achieved impressive energy and cost savings in the 2013 wrap-up report on trends and best practices. This easy-to-read report gives details about the competition and shows what steps many of the “biggest energy losers” took to cut their energy use.

Top Finishers

RankBuildingTypeLocationReductionGHG Savings in metric tonsEstimated Cost Savings
1Claiborne Elementary SchoolEducationBaton Rouge, LA45.9%488$114,499
2Hillside Center II (6310)OfficeColumbia, MD37.1%185$30,428
3Lake Local - Lake High School/Wellness Center (IRN 049866)EducationUniontown, OH36.2%1,514$263,428
4Bioinformatics BuildingsOtherChapel Hill, NC35.8%1,204$317,307
5High Construction Company Building 105OfficeMechanicsburg, PA35.3%221$32,960
6JCPenneyRetailShawnee, OK33.9%240$21,100
7Studebaker Elementary SchoolEducationDes Moines, IA31.9%77$14,274
8McCombs Middle SchoolEducationDes Moines, IA29.7%138$46,964
9Eastman Chemical Company B-470OfficeKingsport, TN29.6%56$5,745
10Eastman Chemical Company B-469OfficeKingsport, TN29.6%36$3,721
11South Greene High SchoolEducationGreeneville, TN29.3%108$11,950
12Fourth Walnut CentreOfficeCincinnati, OH29.2%1,745$474,251
13DeBusk Elementary SchoolEducationGreeneville, TN29.1%50$5,819
14PPD Central StoresWarehouseGainesville, FL29.0%10$1,802
15West Middle SchoolEducationShelbyville, KY28.9%307$35,275
MVPWest Middle SchoolEducationShelbyville, KY28.9%307$35,275
Top TenantTrane Commercial SystemsOfficeCity of Industry, CA3.0%5$1,493