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.
To date, Better Buildings partners have saved nearly 1.4 quadrillion Btus, achieving more than $8 billion in energy and cost savings.
Slide decks from the 2019 Better Buildings, Better Plants Summit sessions are now available to download and share.
Financial Literacy for Retail Curriculum Online Library/ResourceBBA Affiliate RILA is offering free training modules focused on Financial Literacy for Retail. There are 2 courses: Finance 101 and Finance 201. Developed with support from Better Buildings and DOE, these e-learnings will help those in the retail sector who want to know more about financing and value as they relate to sustainability.
Home Depot Renewable and Alternative Energy Market Options Enable Expanding Commitments (RILA Retail Energy Management Program) 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 28 percent from the baseline year of 2013.
Breaking Down the Split Incentive Barrier with RTU Performance and Maintenance Specifications Solutions at a GlanceUlta Beauty is breaking down the split incentive barrier by implementing industry leading roof-top unit (RTU) guidelines that are beneficial to themselves as tenant and to their landlords.
H&M Closing Doors to Open 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 Smart Family of Designs Solutions at a GlanceThe Wendy's Company developed the Smart Family of Designs portfolio to provide development options to franchisees, including buildings that fit into smaller footprints and have features that promote energy efficiency.
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.
Resources for Retail:
A collection of resources and tools aimed at addressing energy challenges for retail 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 and Grocery Steering Committee helps to set priorities for Alliance work in the sector each year. Sector activities for FY2019 focus on the following priorities:
1) Workforce Training & Development
2) Resilience & Disaster Preparedness Planning
3) EMIS Data Analytics
Steering Committee Members (2018-2020)
- Bob Valair, Staples
- Bruce Condit, Connex
- Erin Hiatt, RILA
- Graziella Siciliano, Environmental Defense Fund
- Jim McClendon (chair), Walmart
- Kirk Beaudoin, adidas
- Mike Ellinger, Whole Foods
- Peter Isabell, Life Time Fitness
- Rawson Haverty, Jr., Havertys
- Sheila Ongie, National Co-op Grocers