2012 Better Buildings Case Competition
The inaugural Better Buildings Case Competition was held on March 2, 2012 at the White House campus. Students from 19 universities traveled across the country to present their proposals and compete and in an all day workshop. The student teams addressed energy efficiency challenges through real-world case studies for four case partners, Cassidy Turley, the City of Houston, the District of Columbia, and HEI Hotels and Resorts. View case studies, competition resources, and winning presentations on the right of this page. Please direct all inquiries to BBCC@ee.doe.gov.
The following university teams won their respective competitions:
The City of Houston: Teams suggested ways that the City of Houston could build upon its existing policies and programs to create an even more effective environment that spurs greater investment in energy efficiency in its commercial building stock.
- Most Innovative: University of California, Berkeley
- Best Proposal: George Washington University
The District of Columbia: Teams proposed recommendations that the District of Columbia could apply to the Walter Reed Army Medical Center site to help ensure the redevelopment achieves the District’s goals for energy and water efficiency.
- Most Innovative: MIT
- Best Proposal: Carnegie Mellon
HEI Hotels and Resorts: Teams suggested ways that HEI Hotels and Resorts can promote energy efficiency projects and other socially responsible programs.
- Most Innovative: University of Colorado, Denver
- Best Proposal: Columbia University
Cassidy Turley: Teams suggested solutions to Cassidy Turley’s classic multitenant office building retrofit scenario, where the challenges of limited capital and split incentives between owners and tenants must be solved in order to implement energy efficiency projects.
- Most Innovative: University of Southern California
- Best Proposal: MIT