‘Battle of the Buildings-Puerto Rico’ competition begins
As a part of the Obama administration’s effort to support greater energy efficiency through the “Battle of the Buildings Challenge,” the Environmental Protection Agency recently granted Business Efficiency Consulting Services the rights to host a regional energy-savings competition in Puerto Rico.
BECS is business efficiency consulting firm, alternate energy, and energy savings company that collaborates with business leaders to continuously improve the efficiency of their businesses and buildingsa.
“We’re pleased to bring this initiative to Puerto Rico. We hope to help numerous local commercial building owners improve the efficiency of their buildings through the ENERGY STAR program,” said BECS founder Jorge Molina, who believes in driving business efficiency “by creating smart and strategic business alliances to unveil additional value.”
BECS is committed to assisting commercial building owners reduce their energy use by at least 20 percent over the next decade.
Commercial buildings in the U.S. consumed about 100 billion kilowatt-hours (kWh), or about $14.4 billion worth of electricity, and that number is expected to grow as more information is shared and stored online, he said.
Through the “Battle of the Buildings-Puerto Rico Challenge,” public and private-sector local partners will demonstrate their leadership through efforts to save money by saving energy, he added.
BECS is also opening the call to consulting firms, energy-savings companies, private companies, public agencies, and other commercial institutions to join the voluntary and free-of-charge competition tailored to drive greater energy efficiency in Puerto Rico’s commercial buildings. More than 25 properties have already confirmed they will participate in the competition, Molina said.
Similar to other partners in the mainland U.S., the local partners in the “Puerto Rico Battle of the Buildings Challenge” are committed to reducing their energy use by 20 percent while improving infrastructure efficiency across their building portfolios.
“These upgrades will complement the installation of new emerging systems or technologies along with promoting innovative and emerging energy-efficiency financing models,” the BECS executive said
“If all commercial buildings were 20 percent more efficient, the U.S. would save more than 20 billion kWh of electricity by 2020, and resulting in cost savings of about $2 billion. This innovative initiative represents more than 150 new jobs while the challenge is a more than $25 million investment to renovate existing buildings in the local market,” he said.
During the competition, partners will share results, report associated energy and cost savings, showcase projects, and promote development of new financing implementation models. These solutions and the challenge’s results will be available through http://labatalladelosedificios.com.