An efficient edifice Being a big loser isn’t often something to brag about. But in reference to the College of Health and Human Services building, it’s a point of pride. The facility captured the “Biggest Loser” title in the 2016 Michigan Battle of the Buildings energy savings competition in the education category. Results of the annual contest were announced at a 2017 Energy Summit in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The University demonstrated the greatest percentage-based reduction in energy-use intensity during the 2016 competition, with a 17.4 percent decrease in energy use in the 242,000-square-foot facility it entered. Open to all the state’s commercial buildings, the annual competition is sponsored by the West Michigan Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council, Consumers Energy and DTE Energy. The competition included 457 buildings in 10 categories.
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