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by Better Buildings Beat Team on Jul 15, 2019
The 2019 Better Buildings, Better Plants Summit was a great success, and we couldn't have done it without all of you! We are delighted you came; your willingness to share your perspective, experience, and solutions was critical to the success of the Summit. We hope you left with new ideas,...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Jul 03, 2019
The 10 most-viewed resources from the past month include toolkits on K-12 Lighting and Efficiency-as-a-Service, as well as the new Public Sector Financing Primer and popular Better Buildings webinars. Check them out below! 1. K-12 Lighting Toolkit For K-12 schools in the U.S., energy bills...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Jul 03, 2019
After joining the Better Buildings Challenge in 2015, The Wendy’s Company took on the additional task of engaging with its franchisees and encouraged them to set their own Challenge goals. To date, 17 franchisees—representing 3.6 million square feet and more than 1,200 restaurants—followed The...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Jun 11, 2019
In 2018 the D.C. Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE) launched the nation’s first multifamily housing resilience assessment tool to support preservation of the District’s affordable housing stock. DOEE provided funding to develop the tool and run pilot resilience audits to a partnership led...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Jun 04, 2019
The 10 most popular solutions on the Better Buildings Solution Center from the past month are below. These include information for K-12 schools on lighting options, energy financing, and high-efficiency RTU replacement, as well as the new Commercial Energy Financing Primer and more. Check them out...
by The SEA Campaign Team on May 16, 2019
The call for Spring award applications was heard loud and clear by Campaign participants this year. We received a very strong group of applications; each one was a solid contender with an interesting EMIS story to tell. At a webinar on June 6, 2 p.m. - 3 p.m. EST, we will present the 7 recognized...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on May 16, 2019
Today we announced the progress made by our more than 900 public- and private-sector organizations leading the U.S. in energy efficiency through their participation in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy's Better Buildings Initiative. Together, Better Buildings partners have saved...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on May 15, 2019
We’re only two months away from the 2019 Better Buildings, Better Plants Summit, and we’re looking forward to explore emerging technologies and sharing innovative strategies in energy and water efficiency. Favorites like Ask-an-Expert and Building Tours are back, plus we’ve added more...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on May 14, 2019
Multitasking is an essential part of keeping on top of your to-do list, and our Better Buildings partners are no exception when it comes to achieving their energy goals. Many of these organizations incorporate staff/occupant engagement efforts into their overall energy and sustainability goals,...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on May 13, 2019
Depending on your market sector, there can be different challenges and opportunities regarding financing for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. A range of factors can affect how a building owner may choose to approach financing for energy projects, and much of the available guidance...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on May 07, 2019
On May 6, 2019, DOE traveled to Kingsport, Tennessee to recognize Better Buildings, Better Plants partner Eastman Chemical for its energy efficiency leadership. Eastman Chemical manufactures hundreds of chemicals, synthetic fibers, and plastics. To help improve energy efficiency performance at its...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on May 02, 2019
The newest research from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) and the Building Commissioning Association (BCxA) shows that building commissioning remains a cost-effective way to improve the operation of your building while lowering energy use and mitigating other risks associated with poor...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on May 02, 2019
The 10 most-viewed resources from the past month include Better Buildings toolkits on financing, lighting, ESPC, energy data access, and more. We also have solutions from the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP), REI, Ulta Beauty and a new collection of resilience resources. Take a...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Apr 30, 2019
Partnering with your local utility can be a valuable step towards making your buildings more energy efficient. Utilities across the country offer assistance for energy efficiency, but programs vary and it can be challenging to know what is available and where to start. Through Better Buildings,...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Apr 18, 2019
Many sectors of the global economy are moving toward an “as-a-service” model—a new way for businesses and consumers to procure products and equipment without taking ownership of them. Platforms like Spotify and Netflix provide entertainment-as-a-service, software-as-a-service is becoming...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Apr 17, 2019
Congratulations to our Better Buildings Partners and Affiliates recognized last week as 2019 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year Award winners! ASHE Best Buy BOMA International Bozzuto Management Company Bullitt County Public Schools CalPortland Company CBRE Celanese Corporation Columbia Association...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Apr 15, 2019
On April 15, DOE recognized Shorenstein Properties LLC, a Better Buildings Challenge partner, for its commitment to energy efficiency and toured a large project recently completed in San Francisco. Shorenstein has implemented numerous energy efficiency upgrades at its Market Square property in San...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Apr 15, 2019
On April 15, DOE and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) representatives recognized Better Buildings Challenge partners Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation (TNDC) and Mercy Housing for energy efficiency leadership at TNDC’s Alexander Residence and Mercy Housing’s...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Apr 03, 2019
The 10 most-viewed resources from the past month include solutions from Ulta Beauty, REI, the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) and Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), as well as the new K-12 Lighting Toolkit. Check them out! 1. Ulta Beauty: Breaking Down the Split Incentive...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Mar 29, 2019
For K-12 schools in the US, energy bills represent the second highest operating expense behind salaries. By optimizing lighting systems (equipment and operations), schools can unlock lighting energy savings of up to 50%. That’s a lot of savings from one system! There are many opportunities to...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Mar 28, 2019
As a partner in the Better Buildings Challenge, Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) took visitors on a tour to see firsthand the improvements made at the Santee Educational Complex—one of the district’s showcase projects. Maria T. Vargas, Director of DOE’s Better Buildings Initiative,...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Mar 26, 2019
On March 25, 2019, DOE traveled to Goodyear, Arizona to recognize Better Buildings Alliance partner REI for its leadership in energy efficiency. Maria T. Vargas, Director of DOE’s Better Buildings Initiative, toured REI’s Distribution Center Showcase Project. REI has achieved significant energy...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Mar 19, 2019
The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA), a Better Buildings partner, owns and leases more than 375 million square feet of space in 9,600 buildings in more than 2,200 communities nationwide. As part of its overall mission, GSA seeks to save taxpayer money through better management of federal...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Mar 18, 2019
Through Better Buildings, DOE is working with market leaders to identify and demonstrate the multiple benefits of energy efficiency.  In their latest Better Buildings showcase project, The Tower Companies has created a prime example with The Pearl.   The Pearl, which received LEED Gold...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Mar 14, 2019
The Home Energy Score™ team is excited to recognize the winners of the Home Energy Score Century Club Award! The Century Club Award recognizes Home Energy Score Certified Assessors™ who have delivered 100 or more Home Energy Scores in a calendar year and are in good standing with their program...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Mar 06, 2019
The 10 most-viewed resources from the past month include solutions from Gundersen Health, Ulta Beauty, REI, Wendy’s, and the City of Hillsboro. Check them out! 1. How to Implement Green Revolving Funds This collection of solutions provides guidance on establishing a green revolving fund to...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Mar 04, 2019
The Interior Lighting Campaign (ILC) – a collaborative effort from DOE, GSA, the International Facility Management Association, the interNational Association of Lighting Management Companies, and the Illuminating Engineering Society – is accepting applications for 2019 recognition, which covers...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Feb 07, 2019
The wait is over! Registration for the 2019 Better Buildings, Better Plants Summit is now open. Join industry experts and peers across commercial, industrial, and public sectors at this year’s Summit, July 10-11, 2019 in the Washington, D.C. metro area (Arlington, VA).  The Summit is uniquely...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Feb 01, 2019
The 10 most-viewed resources from the past month feature replicable solutions from Wendy’s, West Palm Beach, REI, and Stevens Institute for Technology along with toolkits, webinars, and more. Check them out! 1. Prioritizing Laboratories to Meet Your Energy Goal (Webinar)  A typical laboratory is 3...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Jan 30, 2019
This installment of the Local Government Leading blog series highlights the City of Orlando, Florida. In addition to being a Better Buildings Challenge partner, Orlando was recently selected as a winner of Bloomberg Philanthropies’ American Cities Climate Challenge. Orlando was selected because of...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Jan 18, 2019
This installment of the Local Government Leading blog series highlights the City of Denver, Colorado. In addition to being a Better Buildings Challenge partner, Denver was recently selected as a winner of Bloomberg Philanthropies’ American Cities Climate Challenge. Denver was selected because of...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Jan 10, 2019
DOE’s Home Energy Score™ is a tool for homeowners, homebuyers, and renters that estimates home energy use, home energy costs, and provides cost-effective solutions to improve home energy efficiency. This score was developed after research showed the need for a low-cost, reliable method for...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Dec 20, 2018
With the close of 2018, we wanted to share the 10 most-viewed resources on the Better Buildings Solution Center from the past year. Check out these popular solutions you may have missed! 1. Better Buildings Financing Navigator 2.0 The Better Buildings Financing Navigator helps users learn the...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Dec 17, 2018
What is the relationship between a building’s energy efficiency features and its financial performance? Through the Better Buildings Alliance’s Market Solutions Team, DOE is working to find out. New research is underway in this field – supported by an RFP led by Lawrence Berkeley National...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Dec 17, 2018
Earlier this year, Better Buildings partner Northwestern University became the first university in more than a decade to receive the 2018 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year Award for its efforts to reduce campus energy consumption and educate students, faculty, staff and the broader community about...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Dec 17, 2018
Determining why a building’s systems aren’t performing as well as expected or finding the financial resources to implement more capital-intensive efficiency projects can be challenging. That’s why we’re highlighting Better Buildings solutions for two important energy efficiency solutions: retro-...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Dec 14, 2018
This installment of the Local Government Leading blog series highlights the City of Atlanta, Georgia. In addition to being a Better Buildings Challenge partner, Atlanta was recently selected as a winner of Bloomberg Philanthropies’ American Cities Climate Challenge. Atlanta was selected because of...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Dec 12, 2018
This installment of the Local Government Leading blog series highlights the City of Chicago, Illinois. In addition to being a Better Buildings Challenge (BBC) Partner, Chicago was recently selected as a winner of Bloomberg Philanthropies’ American Cities Climate Challenge. Chicago was selected...
by Megan Krest, RE Tech Advisors on Dec 10, 2018
Hospitals and other healthcare facilities account for 7% of the total water use in commercial and institutional facilities in the United States. The historically low cost of water and concerns about waterborne diseases, especially legionella, have kept many healthcare systems from prioritizing...
by Jen Singer, ICF on Dec 10, 2018
The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), a Better Buildings Challenge partner, was announced as a winner of the 3rd-annual Zero Net Energy (ZNE) School Leadership Award at the Green California Schools and Community Colleges Summit. The award was presented by the New Buildings Institute in...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Dec 04, 2018
This installment of the Local Government Leading blog series highlights the City of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In addition to being a Better Buildings Challenge partner, Pittsburgh was recently selected as a winner of Bloomberg Philanthropies’ American Cities Climate Challenge. Pittsburgh was...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Dec 03, 2018
The 10 most-viewed resources from the past month include partner solutions from Bullitt County Public Schools, Stevens Institute of Technology, and Trinity Management as well as strategies for green revolving funds, water efficiency, outdoor lighting, commercial solar PV, and more. Check them out...
by Nathaniel Allen, DOE Fellow on Nov 30, 2018
The 2018 Greenbuild International Conference & Expo convened Better Buildings partners across all sectors to learn about the latest trends in sustainability and the built environment. This year’s theme, “Human X Nature,” set the stage for a host of health-related sessions, many of which...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Nov 30, 2018
This installment of the Local Government Leading blog series highlights the City of San Diego, California. In addition to being a Better Buildings Challenge (BBC) Partner, San Diego was recently selected as a winner of Bloomberg Philanthropies’ American Cities Climate Challenge. San Diego was...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Nov 28, 2018
This installment of the Local Government Leading blog series highlights the City of Boston, Massachusetts. In addition to being a Better Buildings Challenge partner, Boston was recently selected as a winner of Bloomberg Philanthropies’ American Cities Climate Challenge. Boston was selected because...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Nov 19, 2018
For years, manufacturing plant personnel and experts have relied on several Department of Energy (DOE) software tools to increase industrial energy efficiency –both at the plant-level and for specific energy-consuming systems. Now, these tools have been combined into the new Manufacturing Energy...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Nov 16, 2018
This installment of the Local Government Leading blog series highlights the City of Los Angeles, California. In addition to being a Better Buildings Challenge Partner, Los Angeles was recently selected as a winner of Bloomberg Philanthropies’ American Cities Climate Challenge. Los Angeles was...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Nov 15, 2018
On November 13, 2018 representatives from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) traveled to Shepherdsville, Kentucky to recognize Better Buildings Challenge partner Bullitt County Public Schools for its energy productivity advances. Director of DOE's Better Buildings Challenge Maria Vargas visited...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Nov 09, 2018
This installment of the Local Government Leading blog series highlights the City of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In addition to being a Better Buildings Challenge partner, Philadelphia was recently selected as a winner of Bloomberg Philanthropies’ American Cities Climate Challenge. Philadelphia was...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Nov 08, 2018
When your organization wants to save energy, the first place to start is usually a plan. But a good plan only works if the people in your organization are part of it. People are the most powerful resource for any organization wanting to meet ambitious energy efficiency goals. As you can imagine,...

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