The ENERGY STAR Challenge 2013 Race to Denver was a friendly competition among three U.S. regions — Wild West, Big Easy Central, and East Coast. This competition also featured both regional and national organizations encouraging A/E firms to submit projects that achieved Designed to Earn the ENERGY STAR.
CONGRATULATIONS: The Big Easy Central Region Wins the 2013 Race to Denver
The Winner: The Big Easy Central region takes the gold for the third year with nearly 50 projects that achieved Designed to Earn the ENERGY STAR, led by the A/E firm of CR Architecture + Design.
The retail and supermarket sectors dominated the Race to Denver, representing nearly 60 percent of all projects with many of the stores located in the Big Easy Central region. The Kroger Company had the most design projects with 36 food stores located throughout the country.
The Results: EPA applauds all of the A/E firms and building owners for helping EPA reduce CO2 emissions by designing commercial buildings that will use less fossil fuel energy to operate sustainably and for their leadership in making the commitment to reduce their carbon footprint well into the future.
The ENERGY STAR Challenge 2013 Race to Denver
- More than 45 different A/E firms participated
- Nearly 100 projects achieved Designed to Earn the ENERGY STAR
- Comprising nearly 10 million total ft² of commercial building space
- Potentially preventing an estimated 78,000 metric tons of CO2-e annually
- These projects are estimated to reduce CO2-e by 35 percent as compared to a median building
- Saving an estimated $11 million in annual energy costs
The Promoters: EPA thanks these organizations for promoting the 2013 Race to Denver by linking members and customers to the ENERGY STAR Challenge.
- Architecture 2030
- American Institute of Architects (AIA)
- Council of Educational Facility Planners International (CEFPI)
- District of Columbia – National Organization of Minority Architects (DCNOMA)
- Green Building Initiative (Green Globes)
- National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA)
- NEEA/Better Bricks
- U.S. General Services Administration (GSA)
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