|The Hemphill Water Treatment Plant & Pumping Station in Atlanta, Ga., was recognized for reducing its energy use by over 40 percent.|
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recorgnized the Hemphill Water Treatment Plant & Pumping Station in Atlanta, Ga., as a top finisher in the third-annual Energy Star National Building Competition. The plant was recognized for reducing its energy use by over 40 percent.
In its third year, the Energy Star National Building Competition featured teams from across the country to improve energy efficiency, lower utility costs and protect public health and the environment. More than 3,000 schools, businesses, and government buildings across the country competed to see which could reduce its energy use the most in one year.
The 2012 national winner was the Demarest Elementary School in Bloomfield, N.J., which reduced its energy use by more than 52 percent and cut their utility bills by more than $75,800.
Together, competitors of this year’s National Building Competition cut their energy costs by more than $50 million, saved more than three billion kBtus of energy, and reduced annual greenhouse gas emissions equal to the amount of electricity used by more than 43,000 homes.
The 2012 Energy Star National Building Competition measured energy performance for the entire 2012 calendar year. Competitors tracked their building's monthly energy consumption using EPA's online energy tracking tool, Energy Star Portfolio Manager. The energy use reductions for each top finisher were verified by an independently licensed professional engineer or registered architect at the conclusion of the competition.