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.

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Featured Solutions

Serves as a one-stop shop to improve access to green leasing resources. It features case studies, sample lease language, best practices, and toolkits. It was produced through a collaboration of Better Buildings Alliance members with the U.S. General Services Administration, Building Owners and Managers Association International, Natural Resources Defense Council, Institute for Market Transformation, NYU Schack Institute of Real Estate, and the Rocky Mountain Institute.
Throughout the years, Home 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 megawatts (MW-ac) of energy through renewable and alternative sources by 2020 (approximately 62 MW of wind, 43 MW of fuel cells, 15 MW of offsite solar, and 15 MW of rooftop solar).
Shari's of Lynnwood Showcase Project
Through a mix of equipment replacement, process changes, and employee education and engagement, Shari’s Café & Pies was able to realize significant reductions to both its energy and water consumption at this restaurant, making it a model for many of the other, older restaurants that comprise the bulk of Shari’s overall portfolio.
Food Lion's strong commitment to efficient operations and sustainability has incentivized them to incorporate energy reduction projects into a comprehensive approach for corporate project proposal and planning.
An HVAC duct-sealing program, incentivized by Dominion Virginia Power, was an opportunity to reduce consumption and improve comfort, especially for Family Dollar's older stores
Shari’s Café & Pies identified the potential for substantial water and energy savings through upgrades to the dipperwells at their 24-hour restaurants. The new wells resulted in an average of 35% reduction in total water use, with some restaurants achieving as much as 50%.

Other Resources

Guidance

This framework provides a common reference that can be used to understand key distinguishing factors and core attributes of different solutions within the family of EMIS technologies.
This guide introduces incentive and financing programs available to support the installation and use of EMIS in commercial buildings.

Implementation Models

Best Buy established a rolling portfolio-wide lighting retrofit program using maintenance funds instead of capital budget.
Sprint’s multifaceted energy efficiency strategy includes applying a unique energy savings approach to each asset class and tying compensation to energy reduction, which has resulted in more than $60 million in avoided energy costs.
Energy Finance Strategy Implementation Model
Kohl’s embedded members of the Finance Department into the Energy team to expedite communication of financial benefits and approval of energy efficiency projects.

Reports

This report documents a large-scale assessment of energy information system (EIS) uses, costs, and energy benefits, based on a series of focused case study investigations that are synthesized into generalizable findings.
This report provides guidance on Demand Control Kitchen Ventilation (DCKV) systems in commercial food service facilities.
This document introduces the key elements to consider in making the business case for a proactive high-efficiency RTU replacement strategy for facility maintenance staff and building engineers responsible for energy management.

Webinars

The U.S. Department of Energy issued the Low-Cost Wireless Metering Challenge encouraging manufacturers to produce a cost-effective, accurate, wireless system capable of measuring various electric loads within a building and wirelessly communicating the data. This webinar gave Better Buildings partners an opportunity to learn more about the challenge, its specifications, and the outcome.
This sector-wide check-in call focuses on advanced refrigeration, one of our key priorities for the Better Builldings Alliance retial, food service and grocery sector. This call is jam-packed with refrigeration updates that will be helpful across multiple sectors.

Additional Information

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.

ENERGY STAR Management Guidelines
Tools, resources, and strategic energy management guidance for measuring and reducing energy consumption.

ENERGY STAR Teaming Up To Save Energy Guide
A “how-to” guide discussing the structure, launch, and maintenance of energy management teams.

Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) Sustainability Initiative Energy & Greenhouse Gas Emissions Tools and Resources
Resources for retail organizations identified by RILA’s Energy & Greenhouse Gas Emissions Committee.

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.

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 (coming soon).

DOE 179d Tax Deduction Eligibility Calculator
A DOE approved tool that provides calculations to determine eligibility for the 179D federal tax deduction as a substitute for other modeling software. The 179D DOE Calculator provides pre-simulated results to determine qualification for both the partial and interim compliance pathways.

Database of State Incentives for Renewable Energy (DSIRE)
A comprehensive database of incentives, rebates and policies that support renewables and energy efficiency in the United States.

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.

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 roadmap to help operators with easily digestible information.

ENERGY STAR for Restaurants
EPA’s ENERGY STAR program website for restaurants, which provides building energy management and measurement resources and tools.

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 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.

Priorities

The Better Buildings Alliance Retail, Food Service and Grocery Steering Committee helps to set priorities for Alliance work in the sector each year. This year, sector activities focus on the following priorities:

1) Specialist HVAC Technicians and Other Workforce Needs
2) EMIS Data Analysis and Automation Needs
3) Advanced Refrigeration Technology

 

Steering Committee Members

  • Jim McClendon, Walmart (Chair)
  • Bruce Condit, PRSM
  • Mike Ellinger, Whole Foods Market
  • Erin Hiatt, RILA
  • Patrick Leonard, Starbucks
  • Scott Moline, Wendy's
  • Juliann Rogers, CKE Restaurants
  • Sheila S. Ongie, National Co-op Grocers
  • Jodenne Scott, Shari's Cafe and Pies
  • Bob Valair, Staples

Meet the Sector Committee Chair