|UNCís Morrison Residence Hall wins EPAís first National Building Competition|
|Tuesday, October 26, 2010|
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) ENERGY STAR program today announced that Morrison Residence Hall on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has won the first-ever EPA National Building Competition. The competition launched April 27, 2010, challenging teams from 14 buildings across the country to measure their energy use and work off the waste with help from EPA’s ENERGY STAR program.
The Carolina team, the Watt-Busters, reduced energy use at Morrison Residence Hall by 36 percent in just one year, saved more than $250,000 on energy bills, and reduced greenhouse gas emissions equal to the electricity use of nearly 90 homes for a year.
UNC reduced energy use through a combination of energy efficiency strategies, including improved operations and maintenance as well as outreach to Morrison residents. Improvements to the heating, ventilation and air conditioning system, optimizing the solar heating water system and lighting improvements helped to increase the building’s energy efficiency and maximize savings. A computer touch-screen monitor in the lobby helped Morrison residents and the energy team at UNC keep track of energy consumption. Competitions between floors in the dorm to see who could save the most energy encouraged students to turn off lights and computers, and friendly reminders were posted in elevators, bathrooms and common areas.
“The University of North Carolina is committed to energy efficiency, and we received strong support from EPA’s ENERGY STAR program throughout the competition, said Chris Martin, director of Energy Management. “We have expanded our energy efficiency initiatives to the whole campus and are excited to deliver even greater results as a community of students, staff and faculty.”
“EPA is pleased to recognize Morrison Residence Hall at the University of North Carolina as the winner of the National Building Competition,” said Maura Beard, communications director for the commercial buildings branch of EPA’s ENERGY STAR program. “The achievements of UNC are a great example of how energy efficiency is good business and helps Americans fight climate change while saving money on their energy bills.”
The final rankings for EPA’s National Building Competition are:
UNC Energy Management website: www.save-energy.unc.eduUNC’s 2009 Climate Action Plan: http://www.climate.unc.edu/CAP/cap2009
UNC’s 2009 Greenhouse Gas Inventory: http://www.climate.unc.edu/GHGInventory/reports/GHGInv2009
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