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Back in 2011 Microsoft shared the results from a pilot program on our corporate campus in Redmond, Wash., aimed at using technology to improve the energy efficiency of the buildings on our campus. Today, Microsoft’s Energy-Smart Buildings initiative has been named a 2013 Computerworld Honors Laureate for the smart building pilot. Selections for the Computerworld award were made by 22 judges who evaluated the humanitarian benefits and measureable results of applying technology to meet a specific social or business need. The awards ceremony will take place on June 3 in Washington D.C., where five Laureates from each of the 11 categories will be named as finalists. One winner will be chosen from each category’s finalists.
This isn’t Computerworld’s first recognition of Microsoft’s smart buildings program. Back in November 2012, Computerworld published an article on smart buildings featuring Microsoft along with several other companies. The article profiles how we’ve improved the energy efficiency of its Redmond campus through a smart buildings program that takes into account two million mechanical and electrical data points that generate 500 million data transactions per day in a search to uncover opportunities to be more efficient. The project on the Redmond campus, which has been rolled out across 20 percent of the campus, has reduced energy costs by 6 percent to 10 percent. By comparison, replacing building systems that would have achieved similar savings could have cost as much as $60 million. We remain committed to leveraging technology to improve energy efficiency in our buildings and are honored to have been recognized by Computerworld for an IT-based approach to energy efficiency.