Technology Campaigns & Challenges

Better Buildings Alliance technology campaigns, led by DOE’s National Labs, aim to accelerate the adoption of efficient building technologies by providing technical assistance, resources, and guidance on implementation best practices. In 2019, participants reported energy savings of more than $250 million from interior lighting improvements, HVAC rooftop unit replacements and retrofits, and the use of energy management systems.

Advanced Rooftop Unit Campaign 

The Advanced RTU Campaign encourages the replacement or retrofit of old RTUs with more efficient units with advanced controls. ​As of 2020, the Campaign has begun winding down its efforts. More than 350 participants have saved over 3.8 billion kWh and nearly $400 million since its inception in 2013, meeting the Campaign's objective of driving energy savings and market transformation through advanced rooftop units.

Building Envelope Campaign

A building's envelope (windows, walls, roof) accounts for approximately 30% of the primary energy consumed in commercial buildings; participants in the Building Envelope Campaign work to improve the performance of building envelopes in both new and existing buildings by setting goals for performance, determining available energy savings, and leveraging technical support from DOE.

Integrated Lighting Campaign

Less than 1% of lighting systems in the U.S. are capable of communicating with other building systems to enable additional energy-saving opportunities. Growing out of the Interior Lighting Campaign, the new ILC is expanding its focus from interior lighting improvements to the integration of new uses for energy-efficient lighting with linking controls between HVAC units, plug loads, and occupancy sensors.

Smart Energy Analytics Campaign

The SEA Campaign drives the use of EMIS technologies and ongoing monitoring practices using sophisticated software applied to everyday building operations. Participants are saving over 2.6 TBtu per year and nearly $60 million annually across 530 million square feet of floor area through EMIS, fault detection & diagnostics, and automated system optimization projects.


DOE Technology Challenges

IoT-Upgradeable Lighting Challenge

Calling all participants: The DOE-sponsored IoT (Internet of Things) Upgradeable Lighting Challenge invites end-users and manufacturers to be recognized for their participation and creative input regarding the widespread adoption of IoT-Upgradeable lighting. Click the graphic to learn more.


Completed Technology Campaigns

Learn more about the work conducted by the Interior Lighting Campaign and the Lighting Energy Efficiency in Parking Campaign.

Interior Lighting Campaign Completed 2019

Interior Lighting Campaign participants have planned or completed more than 3.5 million high-efficiency lighting system upgrades or new installations, contributing to expected savings of $84 million annually and nearly 800 million kWh. View the collected resources and findings from the campaign in this Toolkit: Upgrade Your Interior Lighting to High-Efficiency Solutions

Lighting Energy Efficiency in Parking Campaign Completed 2018

LEEP enabled facility owners and managers to take advantage of savings opportunities from high-efficiency parking lighting solutions, developing a technology specification that cut energy costs up to 70% and maintenance costs up to 90%. Participants saved $24 million, deferring the energy usage equivalent of 21,000 homes. View the collected resources and findings from the campaign in this Toolkit: Energy-Efficient Lighting for Parking Facilities