Retail, Food Service, & Grocery
Retail, Food Service, & Grocery
The Retail, Food Service, and Grocery sectors spend over $41 billion on energy costs a year, and represent 14 billion square feet of floorspace in the U.S. Collectively, Better Buildings Alliance sector members account for almost 3 billion square feet of building space, or 19% of retail floor space nationwide. Through their engagement with the program, these organizations share tips and strategies for overcoming energy efficiency barriers and meeting their organization’s energy use reduction goals.
Team up with DOE’s exceptional network of staff and technical experts to determine energy savings goals, develop innovative cost effective energy solutions, and deploy efficient technologies and market practices.
The Better Buildings, Better Plants Summit is transitioning to a virtual leadership symposium, taking place June 8-11, 2020. Experience 4 days of sessions, workshops, recognition, and more with industry experts and peers.
Dealing with COVID-19 presents an unprecedented scenario for building owners, plant managers, and employees. Better Buildings has collected resources from partners, affiliates, and other organizations that may prove useful.
The Home Depot and RILA: Financing a Renewable and Alternative Energy Commitment Implementation ModelHome Depot has taken advantage of the most appropriate market options to implement a variety of onsite and offsite renewable energy projects to help achieve its targets: 135 MW of energy through renewable and alternative sources by 2020.
The Wendy's Company - Restaurant Support Center Showcase ProjectEnergy efficiency improvements implemented at the Restaurant Support Center - the headquarters for The Wendy's Company - have led to an energy savings of 32 percent from the baseline year of 2013 through 2018.
Ulta Beauty: Breaking the Landlord-Tenant Incentive Barrier Solutions at a GlanceTenants and landlords often have competing incentives for efficiency practices, but Ulta Beauty has broken through this barrier with its industry-leading rooftop unit guidelines that benefit both tenant and landlord.
H&M Closing Doors to Open Energy Savings (RILA Retail Energy Management Program) Implementation ModelH&M determined that closing exterior doors resulted in approximately $10,000 in energy cost savings a year on average per store with no discernible impact on foot traffic, leading to the establishment of a company closed-door policy.
Wendy's: Designing Efficiency for Franchisees Solutions at a GlanceWendy's Smart Family of Designs tool provides a portfolio of development options to franchisees, including buildings that fit into smaller footprints, resulting in more access to real estate, the ability to customize needs for specific trade areas, and reduce the development investment for franchisees looking to build new restaurants.
Eastern Distribution Center Showcase ProjectHavertys' Eastern Distribution Center in Braselton, Georgia is an 810,000-square-foot facility that has achieved an energy savings of 29% as of 2018.
Hannaford Supermarkets: Brandon, Vermont Showcase ProjectHannaford joined Efficiency Vermont's Deep Energy Retrofit pilot program in 2015 - committing to a 50% energy reduction goal at its Brandon, Vermont store - and achieved a 56% reduction in energy use by the end of 2017.
Resources for Retail:
Top Energy Resources & Tools for Retail
A collection of resources and tools aimed at addressing energy challenges for retail buildings.
Top Energy Resources & Tools for Food Service and Grocery
A collection of resources and tools aimed at addressing energy challenges for food service and grocery buildings.
Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) Sustainability Initiative
Resources for retail organizations identified by RILA’s Energy & Greenhouse Gas Emissions Committee.
Resources for Food Service:
ENERGY STAR Commercial Kitchen Package
ENERGY STAR qualified products, guidebooks, and factsheets that help restaurant owners improve the performance of their facilities and equipment while reducing energy costs.
ENERGY STAR for Restaurants
EPA’s ENERGY STAR program website for restaurants, which provides building energy management and measurement resources and tools.
PG&E Food Service Technology Center (FSTC)
A leader in commercial kitchen energy efficiency and appliance performance testing, the FSTC provides expertise in commercial kitchen ventilation, water heating and building energy efficiency, including lighting, glazing and HVAC.
Consortium for Energy Efficiency's (CEE) Commercial Kitchens Initiative
Search thousands of evaluation studies, market characterizations, and relevant efficiency documents.
National Restaurant Association’s Conserve Sustainability Education Program
Designed by the restaurant industry for the restaurant industry, an introduction to sustainability and a road map to help operators with easily digestible information.
Resources for commercial buildings:
Advanced Energy Design Guides
Created by ASHRAE and its partners, the Advanced Energy Design Guides for 50% Savings offer designers and contractors the tools needed for achieving a 50% energy savings compared to buildings that meet the minimum requirements of Standard 90.1-2004. View guides for big box retail, small box retail, and grocery buildings.
Advanced Energy Retrofit Guides
The Advanced Energy Retrofit Guides (AERGs) were created to help decision makers plan, design, and implement energy improvement projects in their facilities. Guides are available for office buildings, retail buildings, and grocery buildings.
Commercial Buildings Resource Database
The database provides resources developed by the Building Technologies Office and its partners. Building owners and operators can use this centralized collection of materials produced from DOE's commercial buildings research to design, build, and upgrade their facilities.
ENERGY STAR for Commercial Buildings
Targeted ENERGY STAR materials and resources for commercial buildings stakeholders, including retail and grocery building owners and managers.
ENERGY STAR Management Guidelines
Tools, resources, and strategic energy management guidance for measuring and reducing energy consumption.
ISO 50001 Energy Management Standard
A proven approach for U.S. industrial and commercial facilities to continually improve energy performance. This powerful new standard from the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) provides an internationally recognized framework for organizations to voluntarily implement an energy management system.
The Better Buildings Alliance Retail, Food Service & Grocery Steering Committee helps to set priorities for Alliance work in the sector each year. Sector activities for FY2020 will focus on the following priorities:
1) Access to more granular energy data to make targeted performance investments & improvements
2) Conveying the value of energy efficiency & gaining internal support
3) Supply chain sustainability
Steering Committee Members (2019-2020)
- Bob Valair, Staples
- Bruce Condit, Connex
- Erin Hiatt, RILA
- Katie Breene, Starbucks
- Kirk Beaudoin, adidas
- Mike Ellinger, Whole Foods
- Peter Isabell, Life Time Fitness
- Rawson Haverty, Jr., Havertys
- Richard Outhwaite, Lush Cosmetics (Chair)
- Sheila Ongie, National Co-op Grocers