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Yale students John D’Agostino, James Santana, and Michael Puckett present their solution for the EEB Hub case study to Mona Khalil (U.S. DOE), Casey Bell (ACEEE), Mark Stutman (EEB Hub), Laurie Actman (EEB Hub), and Kenneth Starr (Montgomery County, PA).

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City of Fort Worth, Texas judges Councilmember Joel Burns (City of Fort Worth), Jeffrey Harris (Alliance to Save Energy), Sarah Zaleski (U.S. DOE), and Councilmember Danny Scarth (City of Fort Worth) weigh in during the question and answer portion of student proposals.

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Babson College students Kevin Loos, Savitha Sridharan, Alexandra Coleman, Yair Gross, and David Stempler present their solution for the City of Fort Worth case study.

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“The Everything Store” judges Tari Emerson (Kohl’s Department Stores), Bob Valair (Staples), and Pat Maher (Burton Energy Group) take a moment to celebrate and deliberate over student proposals.

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Students enjoy an informal discussion about “The Everything Store” case with judges Paul Torcellini (U.S. DOE), Nandini Mouli (Maryland Energy Administration), and Claire Ramspeck (ASHRAE).

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Judges Ron Hachey (VA Dept. of Mines, Minerals and Energy), Kinga Porst (U.S. GSA), and Marshall Duer-Balkind (DDOE/IMT) watch intently alongside UC Irvine students Jeremy Pearson and Bogdan Rusu as their team presents their proposal for the U.S. GSA case study.

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Panelists Claire Ramspeck (ASHRAE), Scott Williams (Target), Dorothy Robyn (U.S. GSA), Nick Sinai (U.S. OSTP), and panel moderator Tim Unruh (U.S. DOE) discuss transformational technologies in the commercial buildings energy efficiency field.

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Panelists Jonathan McCracken (Sen. Sherrod Brown), Duane Desiderio (Real Estate Roundtable), Robert Diznoff (Sen. Jeanne Shaheen), and panel moderator Michelle Moore (U.S. OMB) discuss the potential role of energy efficiency in upcoming legislative and executive branch activities.

2013 Better Buildings Case Competition

Former Energy Secretary Dr. Steven Chu and Assistant Secretary Dr. David Danielson launched the second annual Better Buildings Case Competition in Fall 2012. On March 8, 2013 on the White House campus, students from 14 university teams presented their solutions to a panel of U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and industry experts for the City of Fort Worth, the Energy Efficient Buildings Hub, the U.S. General Services Administration, and the "Everything Store", representative of several retail stores including Kohl's, Staples, and Target. 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:

City of Fort Worth Case Study: Students developed strategies to help the City of Fort Worth and local utilities and industry work together to achieve the Better Building Challenge goal to make commercial and industrial buildings 20% more energy efficient by 2020.

  • Most Innovative—Carnegie Mellon University
  • Best Proposal—Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Energy Efficient Buildings (EEB) Hub Case Study: Students examined strategies for the EEB Hub to help Montgomery County, Pennsylvania complete a renovation that achieves significant energy savings in a publicly-owned, multitenant office building.

  • Most Innovative—University of California-Santa Barbara
  • Best Proposal—Yale University

"Everything Store" Case Study: Students recommended criteria for selecting among potential options to increase cooling efficiency in big box retail stores by upgrading rooftop unit technology.

  • Most Innovative—Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Best Proposal—Carnegie Mellon University

U.S. General Services Administration Case Study: Students proposed strategies for energy metering and measurement to meet federal savings goals in government buildings across the United States.

  • Most Innovative—University of Chicago
  • Best Proposal—Yale University
winners

Best Proposal

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Zachary Accuardi, Ryan Cook, Defne Gurel, Wardah Inam, Christopher Jones, Ryan Sheinbein, Dania El Hassan, Yuanjian Li, Kaitlin Goldstein, Mehmet Onbasli

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winners

Most Innovative

Carnegie Mellon University
Zhun Min Adrian Chong, Chao Ding, Alan Jenn, Donald Johnson, Jie Yee Chan, Allison Weis, Mili-Ann Tamayao

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winners

Best Proposal

Yale University
Laura Franceschini, Vijeta Jangra, John D'Agostino, Michael Puckett, William Miao, Kristen Demeter, James Santana, Jessica Aldridge, Caren Perlmutter, Carol Rosenfeld

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winners

Most Innovative

University of California-Santa Barbara
Harry Bergmann, James Choe, Jason Dale, Michael Georgescu, Martin Harrison, Jacob McConnell, Melanie Jones, Alexandra Kovalick, Justin Lichter, Benjamin White

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winners

Best Proposal

Carnegie Mellon University
Zhun Min Adrian Chong, Chao Ding, Alan Jenn, Donald Johnson, Jie Yee Chan, Allison Weis, Mili-Ann Tamayao

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winners

Most Innovative

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Zachary Accuardi, Ryan Cook, Defne Gurel, Wardah Inam, Christopher Jones, Ryan Sheinbein, Dania El Hassan, Yuanjian Li, Kaitlin Goldstein, Mehmet Onbasli

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winners

Best Proposal

Yale University
Laura Franceschini, Vijeta Jangra, John D'Agostino, Michael Puckett, William Miao, Kristen Demeter, James Santana, Jessica Aldridge, Caren Perlmutter, Carol Rosenfeld

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winners

Most Innovative

University of Chicago
Jorge Caraballo, Evan Johnson, Alexander Frank, Patrick Woods, Shruti Mathure, Jessica van der Vooren, Hans Stege, Ben Mactiernan

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2013 PARTICIPANTS

Babson College
Carnegie Mellon University
Columbia University
Cornell University
Dartmouth College

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
The George Washington University
Tufts University
University of Chicago
Yale University

University of California, Irvine
University of California, Santa Barbara
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
University of Pennsylvania