ENERGY STAR Challenge for Architects

A/E firms crossed the finish line  

EPA thanks all A/E firms and organizations for participating in the 2015 Green Your Blueprint Challenge and for their commitment to ENERGY STAR.

Meet the winning firm

EPA applauds CR Architecture + design for winning the Challenge with the most design projects. They submitted 24 Designed to Earn the ENERGY STAR projects, estimated at preventing over 21,000 metric tons of CO2e emissions annually. These projects exemplify the commitment of CR’s client, Kroger, for designing and operating their stores to achieve superior energy performance. 

Celebrate at the 2015 AIA National Convention in Atlanta

Stop by the ENERGY STAR Gallery during the convention to see the projects from the Challenge and join us in honoring the firms on Thursday May 14, 1 – 2:30 pm.

Upcoming Events

AIA National Convention sessions

  • EPA Target Finder/Portfolio Manager and DoE AIA DDX Tools (WE103): Wednesday, May 13 at 8 AM
  • The Good, the Bad, and the EUI (TH105): Thursday, May 14 at 7:30 AM
  • ENERGY STAR Challenge to Architects Celebration (EV206): Thursday, May 14 at 1 PM

About the Challenge

EPA challenged A/E firms to green their blueprints by achieving Designed to Earn the ENERGY STAR.  Here are a few outcomes:

Green Your Blueprint
  • Average ENERGY STAR design score: 90
  • Top property types: Supermarket and K -12 schools:46
  • Projects achieving 50% (or greater) energy and carbon reductions: 8


EPA thanks these organizations for promoting the Challenge to its members and partners affiliated with commercial new construction projects.

  • The American Institute of Architects
  • Architecture 2030
  • Building Codes Assistance Program
  • Collaborative for High Performance Schools
  • CommonWealth Edison Company
  • National Institute of Building Sciences

Social Media

Join us on social media and share your story.

Don't forget to use the Challenge hashtag: #GYBchallenge

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Average estimated energy use and CO2 reductions

39 percent CO2 reductions

Cumulative total for 2015 Challenge year design projects.

EPA Recognizes

For having the most projects that achieved Designed to Earn the ENERGY STAR in the Challenge.

Designed to Earn the ENERGY STAR logo


A/E firms are designing for an energy-efficient future

These A/E firms are designing for an energy-efficient future – and bringing their peers with them.

Capitol Tower

Project Name: Capitol Tower
Architect of Record: Gensler
Building Owner: Skanska
Percent Energy +CO2 Reduced: 57.7%

Check out the A/E firms, their projects, and who they’re challenging on Pinterest.