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The ENERGY STAR® National Building Competition: BOOTCAMP was a competition that challenged building owners, managers, and occupants to reduce energy and water use, and save money over just 90 days!

Competitions are a great way to inspire participants to save money and shrink their environmental footprint by challenging them to improve their property’s energy efficiency. Time and time again, leading ENERGY STAR partners have found that a spirit of healthy competition and the opportunity for recognition are among the best drivers for participation in organization- or community-wide energy management.

Why host an ENERGY STAR Battle of the Buildings competition?

Hosting an ENERGY STAR Battle of the Buildings competition allows you to leverage the national ENERGY STAR brand, which is recognized by more than 85% of consumers, to support your local competition. As a host, you'll have the direct support of the ENERGY STAR program. You'll also be able to engage and support competitors with tailored ENERGY STAR technical and communication resources, as well as award top performers with ENERGY STAR recognition.

Battle of the Buildings - Graphic for a competitionMore importantly, an energy efficiency competition benefits everyone by providing:

  • Significant cost savings
  • Positive publicity and media exposure
  • Networking opportunities
  • Camaraderie
  • A source of momentum

Who can host an ENERGY STAR Battle of the Buildings competition?

Any private or public sector organization or association can run a competition. This includes trade associations, commercial businesses, manufacturing plants, utility companies, local and state governments, schools and congregations, and many other groups.

What are the requirements?

The requirements for hosting an ENERGY STAR Battle of the Buildings competition parallel the rules for EPA’s ENERGY STAR National Building Competition. The requirements are as follows:

  • The competition host organization must be an ENERGY STAR partner. Learn more about partnership.
  • The competition host organization must be headquartered in the United States.
  • EPA’s ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager® must be used as the platform through which energy or water data is input by competitors and collected by the host.
  • Recognition must be based on actual measured data, and at least one quantitative metric provided by Portfolio Manager. Any qualitative recognition is subject to EPA approval.
  • Competitors who receive recognition bearing the ENERGY STAR name or mark must have their data verified by a Professional Engineer or Registered Architect before they can be recognized.
  • The competition host agrees to provide a summary of the competition and its results to ENERGY STAR upon conclusion of the competition.
  • The competition will not be used to promote any particular commercial products or services.

Get started!

  1. Use the ENERGY STAR Competition Guide to start planning your competition.
  2. Complete and submit the application (MS Word) requesting to host a Battle of the Buildings Competition.
  3. Read the frequently asked questions (PDF) regarding your competition.
  4. Leverage EPA's free ENERGY STAR resources to support competitors throughout the competition.