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by Better Buildings Beat Team on Sep 19, 2018
Better Buildings Challenge partner University of California, Irvine (UCI) is back in the number one spot in Sierra Magazine's 2018 "Cool Schools" ranking and secured the top spot in the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education's (AASHE) 2018 Sustainable Campus Index....
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Sep 11, 2018
As of August 2018, participants in the Interior Lighting Campaign (ILC) have installed or upgraded over 2.8 million high efficiency lighting and control systems, which should save over $68 million annually in energy bills and cut energy use by an average 54%. The ILC recognized 15 organizations...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Sep 05, 2018
This month’s Top 10 most frequently viewed solutions include the Better Buildings Financing Navigator 2.0, tips on how to become a Home Energy Score Certified Assessor™, solutions from the city of Boston and Bullitt County School District, a toolkit on energy data benchmarking, and more! 1. Better...
by Alison Berry, RE Tech Advisors on Sep 05, 2018
This blog is part 5 of our 5-part series exploring DOE’s ESPC Toolkit. The Accelerator was a 3-year partnership of states, local governments, and K-12 schools to expand access to energy savings performance contracting, or ESPC. ESPC is a financing mechanism that provides upfront capital for energy...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Aug 30, 2018
After being recognized for achieving its first Better Buildings goal of $75 million in financing for energy efficiency-as-a-service projects, Financial Ally Metrus Energy has set a new goal of $175 million that it hopes to achieve and exceed in the near future. Metrus Energy is a San Francisco-...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Aug 09, 2018
We’re less than two weeks away from DOE's 2018 Energy Exchange and Better Buildings Summit in Cleveland! The summit brings together some of the best minds and leadership who are working to further energy efficiency opportunities and technologies in the built environment. This year, the Summit is...
by Jen Singer, ICF on Aug 08, 2018
On August 3, a panel of Better Buildings Challenge K-12 school partners spoke to a room of over 40 attendees at the APPA: Leadership in Educational Facilities annual conference held in Washington, D.C. Presenting on the topic of how energy efficiency fits into the modernization of facilities, the...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Aug 07, 2018
Did you know 1-100 ENERGY STAR scores are based on average nationwide energy performance? The latest data is in, and U.S. buildings are becoming more energy efficient! Portfolio Manager will be updated on August 26, 2018. Portfolio Manager users will see changes in ENERGY STAR scores and source...
by Allison Nozza, RE Tech Advisors on Aug 02, 2018
UW Health is an integrated health system that serves more than 600,000 patients each year and includes seven hospitals and 80 outpatient sites. In 2016, UW Health committed to the Better Buildings Challenge setting the goal of a 20% energy use intensity (EUI) reduction from a 2013 baseline by 2023...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Aug 01, 2018
July's top 10 most-viewed solutions highlight the newly-released Better Buildings Financing Navigator 2.0, updated information on the Nation’s submetering laws, and the latest on CPACE. Solutions shared by Better Buildings Challenge partners ArcelorMittal, Los Angeles, Boston, and Bullitt County...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Aug 01, 2018
One of the most popular features of the Better Buildings Summit is coming to Cleveland, Ohio August 21-23, and our friends at Energy Exchange are getting in on the action! We're bringing our team of technical experts from the national laboratories and DOE to the Ask-an-Expert Lounge, where they...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Jul 25, 2018
The Department of Energy’s 2018 Energy Exchange and Better Buildings Summit is just weeks away in Cleveland, Ohio. This year, Better Buildings is anticipating more than 3,000 attendees from both the public and private sectors. Attendees can expect sessions tailored to their unique sectors,...
by Allison Nozza, RE Tech Advisors on Jul 25, 2018
Leaders in healthcare sustainability convened at the 2018 CleanMed conference in San Diego, California to “accelerate the sector’s commitment to environmental sustainability and regenerative health to improve the health of people and the environment.”[1] This year, Better Buildings Challenge...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Jul 23, 2018
Want to know more about the 2018 Energy Exchange and Better Buildings Summit? This infographic shows you who’s coming and what to expect from this one-of-a-kind event from the Department of Energy. Register today so you can be part of the experience!  See you in Cleveland!
by BBC Multifamily Team on Jul 19, 2018
Better Buildings Challenge Multifamily partner Codman Square Neighborhood Development Corporation has received an $800,000 grant from the Boston Medical Center (BMC) to rehabilitate 59 housing units to be both healthier and more energy-efficient. Codman’s rehabilitation is one of nine properties...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Jul 10, 2018
Plug and Process Loads (PPLs) are relatively easy to manage with the right equipment, as DOE’s Better Buildings Alliance Plug and Process Load (PPL) Technical Research Team can tell you. Obtaining that equipment can be even easier, thanks to utility incentives and rebates! The PPL Tech Team has...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Jul 01, 2018
The Top 10 Solutions feature our 10 most-viewed solutions from the past 30 days. This month we’re highlighting a guitar manufacturer, the City of Los Angeles, parking lot lighting solutions, and more! The latest Top 10 contains some great insights on tools and best practices for energy efficiency...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Jun 29, 2018
This year at the BOMA International Conference & Expo in San Antonio, TX, DOE’s Better Buildings Alliance and the Institute for Market Transformation (IMT) announced the 2018 Green Lease Leaders. Green Lease Leaders is a joint effort by DOE and IMT to recognize companies and real estate...
by Jen Singer, ICF on Jun 29, 2018
This blog is part 4 of our 5-part series exploring DOE’s ESPC Toolkit. The ESPC Accelerator was a 3-year partnership of states, local governments, and K-12 schools to expand access to energy savings performance contracting, or ESPC. ESPC is a financing mechanism that provides upfront capital for...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Jun 29, 2018
On June 21, 2018 Shorenstein Properties released its 2018 Sustainability Report that highlights the company’s aggressive new environmental performance goals. By 2025 Shorenstein is seeking to cut both energy use and greenhouse gas emissions by 40%, while increasing recycling by 20%. Shorenstein is...
by Holt Mountcastle, RE Tech Advisors on Jun 28, 2018
The Better Buildings Financing Navigator is an online tool developed by the Department of Energy (DOE) that helps public and private sector organizations find financing solutions for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. The tool helps users understand the array of financing solutions...
by Better Plants Team on Jun 26, 2018
The Volvo Group is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of trucks, buses, construction equipment and marine and industrial engines. In the U.S. its subsidiary, Volvo Group North America, which includes Mack Trucks, has committed itself to improving competitiveness through energy efficiency....
by Leslie Zarker, ICF on Jun 21, 2018
On June 16 Better Buildings Challenge Multifamily partner Mercy Housing was honored with the National Apartment Association’s (NAA’s) Return on Energy (ROE) Energy Retrofit Award. The award recognizes smart, innovative solutions that successfully reduce energy in a quantifiable way by showing...
by Sormeh Konjkav (Waypoint Energy), Marta Schantz (Waypoint Energy), Michael Deru (NREL) on Jun 19, 2018
Since 2013, the Advanced Rooftop Unit (RTU) Campaign has been developing and gathering a large array of resources to support and promote commercial building RTU efficiency - see for yourself on the Campaign’s Case Studies and Guidance page. This is great…but what if you’re an HVAC contractor and...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Jun 12, 2018
Cleveland, Ohio has a lot to offer year-round, from the Museum of Art and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, to the Christmas Story House, made famous in the 1983 holiday classic film. But we’d suggest visiting The Forest City August 21-23 for one of the premier events for energy and sustainability...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Jun 06, 2018
The Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) Climate Corps is hosting a free, summer-long webinar series focused on Energy, Efficiency, and Expertise. Called the 3E Webinar Series, each installment will feature thought leaders in the energy management sector and is designed to help participants stay on...
by Alison Berry, RE Tech Advisors on Jun 05, 2018
This blog is part 3 of our 5-part series exploring DOE’s ESPC Toolkit. The ESPC Accelerator was a 3-year partnership of states, local governments, and K-12 schools to expand access to energy savings performance contracting, or ESPC. ESPC is a financing mechanism that provides upfront capital for...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Jun 04, 2018
Here are Top 10 most-viewed solutions from the past 30 days. This eclectic group of resources highlights innovative partner solutions from manufacturers, local governments, and Financial Allies as well as useful tools for ESPC, CPACE financing, and RTU retrofits. Check them out! 1. Energy Savings...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on May 31, 2018
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Better Plants program is helping industry boost its productivity through adoption of energy technology being researched and developed at the 17 U.S. National Laboratories. This, in turn, enables the National Labs to validate the real-world performance and impact...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on May 31, 2018
Rooftop units (RTUs) are used to condition over half of all commercial floor space in the U.S. and constitute the most common HVAC equipment found in low-rise commercial structures.  The Department of Energy’s (DOE) Advanced RTU Campaign estimates that if all 10-20 ton commercial units were...
by Cindy Zhu, DOE Fellow; Alison Berry, RE Tech Advisors on May 21, 2018
What do you get when you combine 40 attendees, 30 organizations, 4 federal agencies, and a sustainable caterer? The answer is the NAA/DOE Better Buildings Roundtable! The National Apartment Association (NAA) joined the Better Buildings Alliance as an affiliate partner in 2017, and almost...
by Jen Singer, ICF on May 21, 2018
On April 4, 2018, Montgomery County, Maryland held its 5th annual energy summit on the topic of sustainability in the greater community. DOE Better Buildings Challenge (BBC) K-12 Schools Lead Crystal McDonald moderated a panel entitled “Stepping on the EUI Scale: Fine Tuning Energy Efficiency in K...
by Jen Singer, ICF on May 21, 2018
Three Better Buildings Challenge (BBC) K-12 school partners participated in a panel at the Green Schools Conference and Expo on May 4 in Denver. The panel, entitled “Benchmarking for Books: How Schools Save Money through Benchmarking” featured presentations by the Los Angeles Unified School...
by Leslie Zarker, ICF on May 15, 2018
LINC Housing’s SEED Partners, LLC – a Better Buildings Challenge Partner – has installed new solar photovoltaic systems at five properties, impacting 545 low-income family and senior households, reducing resident energy bills, and providing solar installation job training for the community. Co-...
by General Motors on May 10, 2018
Manufacturing is simple math. Well, it’s actually a lot of complex math, but the premise is simple: the more efficiently you can turn raw materials into finished products, the better off the environment and your bottom line will be. That’s true whether you’re producing lip gloss in North Little...
by Sormeh Konjkav, Waypoint Energy; Marta Schantz, Waypoint Energy; Michael Deru, NREL; Cindy Zhu, DOE on May 09, 2018
You may have heard the buzz about the Advanced Rooftop Unit (RTU) Campaign Awards results announced at the Professional Retail Store Maintenance (PRSM) National Conference in early April. In addition to the successful Awards Luncheon, the Department of Energy (DOE) had an expanded presence at the...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on May 07, 2018
Exciting news in the green leasing field! BOMA International has released its new Green Lease Guide, tailored towards helping owners and tenants reduce their impact by incorporating specific sustainability attributes. Green Lease Guide: A Guide for Landlords and Tenants to Collaborate on Energy...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on May 04, 2018
It is National Small Business Week, and small manufacturers are the backbone of our nation’s economy. The vast majority of manufacturing firms in the United States are quite small – of the roughly 250,000 manufacturers in the country, all but roughly 4,000 are considered to be small businesses (i....
by Better Buildings Beat Team on May 04, 2018
We like to talk about how energy efficiency adds value to high-performance buildings, but how do you prove it? Better Buildings and DOE have been working with The Appraisal Foundation on resources that can help. The Appraisal Foundation (TAF) recently released Valuation Advisory #9: Valuation of...
by L’Oréal on May 03, 2018
The Better Buildings Challenge SWAP is a special experience. It’s a chance to peek behind the curtain at what other companies are doing to reduce their energy use. Technology is obviously a big player in this effort, but what really stood out to me during SWAP is that reducing energy use is all...
by Brittany Ryan, RE Tech Advisors on May 02, 2018
Worcester, MA is now home to New England’s largest municipally-owned solar array. The 8.1 MW solar array includes 28,600 solar panels covering 25 acres of a former landfill – that’s equivalent to 19 football fields covered with solar panels! At $69 million in 30-year lifetime savings, the...
by Holt Mountcastle, RE Tech Advisors on May 02, 2018
In 2017, the U.S. experienced a historic number of weather and climate disasters that had a cumulative cost of over $300 billion. Impacts from these events can be mitigated by improving building resiliency. Resiliency improvements typically take the form of retrofits to the envelope, structure,...
by Sormeh Konjkav, Waypoint Energy; Marta Schantz, Waypoint Energy; Michael Deru, NREL on May 02, 2018
When we talk about market transformation, we aim to see high-efficiency technologies becoming part of the mainstream. In updating the Advanced Rooftop Unit (RTU) Campaign’s utility incentive database, we were very excited to see how many RTU-related utility incentives exist compared to four years...
by Jen Singer, ICF on May 02, 2018
This blog is part 2 of our 5-part series exploring DOE’s ESPC Toolkit. The ESPC Accelerator was a 3-year partnership of states, local governments, and K-12 schools to expand access to energy savings performance contracting, or ESPC. ESPC is a financing mechanism that provides upfront capital for...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Apr 30, 2018
The Top 10 Solutions for April feature the 10 most viewed solutions in the past month. This list includes some new solutions from the industrial, data center, local government, and financing sectors. With popular resources ranging from tools for upgrading parking lighting to guidance on...
by Leslie Zarker, ICF on Apr 30, 2018
In March, Better Buildings Challenge multifamily partner WinnCompanies announced the completion of Washington, D.C.’s largest community solar project, aimed at reducing energy bills for low-income residents throughout the nation’s capital. WinnCompanies is participating in Solar for All, a program...
by Maria T. Vargas, DOE on Apr 24, 2018
SWAP 4 is a showdown of manufacturing giants. L’Oréal USA’s North Little Rock plant and General Motor’s (GM) Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant are finely-tuned operations. At both locations, dedicated employees work alongside advanced robots (large and small) to create products we use every day....
by Jen Singer, ICF on Apr 20, 2018
Poudre School District, located in Fort Collins, Colorado, partnered with ReNew Our Schools, a local non-profit organization to launch a month-long student competition to spur innovation and excitement around energy efficiency and sustainability. Sixteen of the district’s 50 schools competed in...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Apr 18, 2018
In June, the Energy Department’s Better Plants program will participate in the Industrial Energy Technology Conference (IETC), a national conference that convenes technical experts, program staff, and energy managers from manufacturing companies to share best practices on industrial energy...
by Alison Berry, RE Tech Advisors on Apr 04, 2018
Energy service performance contracting (ESPC) is a key financing mechanism for organizations to realize the benefits of energy conservation measures while minimizing the cost burden. ESPCs are a great model for state and local governments because they: Provide upfront financing for energy...

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