University Teams Tackle Efficiency's Barriers for Buildings

March 7, 2012

On March 2, Energy Secretary Steven Chu joined a group of bright, ambitious university students for the finale of the Better Buildings Case Competition in Washington, D.C.

The initiative, part of the president's Better Buildings Challenge, taps into the innovative, out-of-the-box thinking of university energy clubs—tasking them to devise comprehensive solutions to persistent barriers to energy-efficiency for buildings in the marketplace.

As part of the competition, students analyzed four case studies—using real-world scenarios and data provided by partners in the DOE Better Buildings Challenge—to improve energy efficiency in commercial buildings. Secretary Chu announced the winners for each case study, based on two categories: most innovative solution and best proposal. Read the whole story in the DOE Energy Blog.