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Energy Star Certification & Green Workplace Challenge

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

DMI Companies is pleased to announce two recent achievements in sustainability. DMI Companies has earned the EPA’s Energy Star Certification for their Charleroi Headquarters and came in second place in the Green Workplace Challenge for the Mid-Sized Business Category. The ENERGY STAR energy performance scale helps organizations assess how efficiently their buildings use energy relative to similar buildings nationwide. A building that scores a 75 or higher on the EPA’s 1-100 scale may be eligible for ENERGY STAR certification. DMI Companies’ headquarters earned the Energy Star Certification with a score of 89, which means that the building uses less energy than 89% of similar buildings nationwide.

The Green Workplace Challenge is a regional, yearlong sustainability competition for businesses and organizations in southwestern Pennsylvania held by Sustainable Pittsburgh. The challenge was designed to engage businesses of all sizes in the Greater Pittsburgh region in becoming more sustainable workplaces. The challenge consisted of a number of tasks, from holding employee education events to lowering a building’s energy consumption, each with the goal of improving the overall sustainability of the region. DMI Companies competed alongside Eaton, Del Monte Foods, WESCO, and Oxford Development Company, with Eaton squeaking past DMI Companies for the win. Collectively, the businesses and organizations that participated in the challenge saved 67 million kilowatt hours of electricity, which translates to a dollar savings of more than $4.2 million. RCx Building Diagnostics coordinated DMI’s participation in the challenge and organized internal events in conjunction with the competition and certification.

This was the inaugural year for the GWC competition. The competition will resume in the Spring of 2013 and DMI is eager to participate again as part of their overarching sustainability efforts and commitment to the local community.