Each year, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency hosts its National Building Competition. The competition pits energy managers of commercial buildings against each other to see who can save the most energy and water.
The Timken Museum of Art has spent years planning and implementing energy efficient lighting and mechanical strategies, lead by The San Diego Energy Desk. In that time, the museum has reduced its electric and natural gas energy use by more than 50 percent, which makes them a strong contender in the EPA’s national building competition.
In 2015, KPA Associates, Inc. principal architect Bruce Bergman assisted Randy Walsh of the San Diego Energy Desk and James Petersen of the Putnam Foundation. Together they completed final requirements for the nomination of the Timken Museum of Art to the competition. Bruce conducted on-site observations to verify the building’s energy data, which required certified by a licensed architect or engineer.
This 2014 competition is the fifth consecutive year the EPA has hosted the competition and it remains the largest energy efficiency competition of its kind in the nation According to the EPA news release, last year’s competitors saved an estimated $20 million on utility bills. Nearly 50
buildings in the competition had demonstrated energy use reductions of 20 percent or greater.
Competitors from across the nation measure and track their building's monthly energy and water consumption using ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager®, EPA’s online measurement and tracking tool. EPA maintains a competition website. For more information, visit: https://www.energystar.gov/buildings/learn-past-winners
(L) Bruce Bergman AIA, LEED AP BD+C, (R) Randy Walsh CCIM, LEED AP