Bowen on winning MIT team for DOE Better Buildings Challenge
A team of eight MIT undergraduate and graduate students won two awards in this year’s U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Better Buildings Case Competition, out of more than 150 students from across the country. The win means MIT students have taken home not just one, but two, prizes from the competition each of the three years it has taken place.
The case competition engages the next generation of engineers, entrepreneurs and policymakers to develop creative solutions to real-world energy efficiency problems for businesses and other organizations. It is part of a White House-DOE Better Buildings Initiative working to make commercial and industrial buildings 20 percent more energy efficient by 2020 and to accelerate private sector investment in energy efficiency.
This year’s competition took place in Washington, DC, on March 14, 2014. The MIT team, First Fuel, was led by Department of Urban Studies and Planning (DUSP) graduate student Brian Bowen and DUSP/Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) graduate student Phil Kreycik, along with faculty advisor Harvey Michaels. They won in two of the six real-world case studies.