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Washington, D.C. — July 23, 2015 — DTZ, a global leader in commercial real estate services, announced that the firm will compete in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) 2015 ENERGY STAR National Building Competition: Team Challenge.
This is the sixth year that EPA is hosting this highly successful initiative. More than 125 teams and over 6,500 individual competitors are battling it out to see who can save the most energy and water in one year. In the spirit of popular weight-loss competitions, DTZ will compete against other participants across the country to work off energy and water waste through improvements in energy and water efficiency, with help from EPA’s ENERGY STAR program.
DTZ has shown great success in past years and will continue the trend into 2015. In 2014, the buildings submitted by DTZ prevented 6,922 metric tons of greenhouse gases from entering the atmosphere. That's the equivalent of removing 1,457 vehicles from the road. In 2013, the buildings submitted prevented 7,023 metric tons of greenhouse gases from entering into the atmosphere, which is equivalent to the annual energy use of 641 homes.
“As an ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year: Sustained Excellence, DTZ is honored to once again be a part of EPA’s ENERGY STAR National Building Competition,” said Allison Porter, DTZ vice president, Sustainability Services. “Improving the energy efficiency of DTZ’s property management portfolio is one of the best ways for us to improve our built environment and produce cost savings for our building owners and tenants. We look forward to demonstrating the ability of our clients’ properties to go above and beyond when saving energy.”
EPA will maintain a website devoted to the competition, www.energystar.gov/battleofthebuildings, featuring a list of competitors and their “weigh-in” results, as well as a map of competitor locations and a live Twitter feed where competitors will post updates on their progress.
“Thousands of buildings from across the nation have thrown their hats in the ring and made a public commitment to reducing their energy and water use,” said Jean Lupinacci, director of EPA’s ENERGY STAR Commercial Buildings Program. “Organizations like those competing in this year’s National Building Competition are truly being leaders by putting themselves in the spotlight as they compete to protect the environment by saving as much energy and water as possible.”
Competitors will measure and track their monthly energy consumption using EPA's ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager tool, make improvements to their buildings’ energy performance, and share their progress. The individual and team competitors that demonstrate the greatest percentage-based reduction in energy or water use intensity will be recognized as the competition winners in May 2016. EPA will also recognize the top individual competitor by building category using the same metric, as well as any competitor or team that achieves a reduction in energy or water use of 20 percent or more.
DTZ is a global leader in commercial real estate services providing occupiers, tenants and investors around the world with a full spectrum of property solutions. The company’s core capabilities include agency leasing, tenant representation, corporate and global occupier services, property management, facilities management, facility services, capital markets, investment and asset management, valuation, research, consulting, and project and development management.
DTZ provides property management for 1.9 billion square feet, or 171 million square meters, and facilities management for 1.3 billion square feet, or 124 million square meters. The company completed $63 billion in transaction volume globally in 2014 on behalf of institutional, corporate, government, and private clients. Headquartered in Chicago, DTZ has more than 28,000 employees who operate across more than 260 offices in 50 countries.
For more information, visit www.dtz.com.