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Eastman Wins Big in ENERGY STAR Competition

May 6, 2014 | 0 comments

We like to offer helpful information to our blog readers about green commercial buildings, energy management, and programs like ENERGY STAR that protect the environment through superior energy-efficiency measures.

But we also heed our own advice: Here at Eastman Chemical Company (parent company of Vista Window Film), we take green buildings seriously; we make energy-efficiency improvements that lower the environmental impact of our facilities.

Along with more than 3,000 other buildings, we recently participated in the ENERGY STAR 2013 National Building Competition: Battle of the Buildings. Teams competed to see who could reduce energy use the most, on a percentage basis, between calendar years 2012 and 2013. Three Eastman buildings in Kingsport, TN, successfully crossed the finish line in the competition to improve energy efficiency, lower utility bills, and reduce carbon emissions. The challenge to all buildings in the competition is to reduce energy use intensity by 20%. Eastman’s results are below:

  • Eastman Building B470 placed #9 overall, reducing energy use by 29.64%
  • Eastman Building B469 placed #10 overall, reducing energy use by 29.59%
  • Eastman Building B471 placed #28 overall, reducing energy use by 25.47%

Of the 3,000 buildings in Battle of the Buildings, 900 facilities entered in the office buildings category. Eastman’s office buildings finished #3, #4, and #9 in the office buildings category. As a result, all three Eastman facilities finished in the top 1% of buildings across the United States, as well as in the top 1% in the office buildings category.

Our savings were achieved through a variety of energy-efficiency initiatives (including several no- and low-cost energy conservation measures):

  • Energy-efficient lighting upgrades and retrofits
  • Shutting off lights in office spaces, conference rooms, and restrooms when they aren’t in use
  • Setting computers to hibernate at night
  • Relocating thermostats to ensure better HVAC control
  • Reducing air intake during nighttime hours
  • Installing a building automation system

Together, competitors in this year’s National Building Competition saved more than $20 million and reduced greenhouse gas emissions by more than 130,000 metric tons (equal to the annual electricity use of nearly 18,000 homes). To review the entire list of the ENERGY STAR National Building Competition winners, visit the Top Finishers page.

Have you participated in the National Building Competition in the past? Are you thinking of joining in 2014?

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