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by Better Buildings Beat Team on Dec 03, 2020
The 10 most-viewed resources from the past month include a new webinar on resilience planning for multifamily housing, a new toolkit on high-efficiency rooftop units (RTUs), and solutions from Better Buildings partners InterContinental Hotels Group and New York City Housing Authority. Check them...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Dec 03, 2020
In a live, virtual event, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recognized Better Buildings Challenge partner the State of Maryland for energy efficiency leadership. As a Goal Achiever, Maryland reduced its energy intensity by 20% over its 9-million-square-foot buildings portfolio, and has now...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Nov 13, 2020
The Green Lease Leaders application for 2021 recognition is officially open! Get recognized for your smart leasing efforts and showcase your commitment to sustainability. Owners and tenants are both invited to apply. You can use the Lease Audit Tool to determine if your organization meets the...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Nov 05, 2020
The 10 most-viewed resources from the past month include new toolkits on wastewater energy management and the recently completed Smart Energy Analytics Campaign, plus solutions from Better Buildings partners Iron Mountain Data Centers, InterContinental Hotels Group, and New York City Housing...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Nov 03, 2020
A multi-year effort to collect energy efficiency data on homes in Portland, Oregon, has produced more than 20,000 Home Energy Scores, paving the way for energy upgrades that will reduce the city’s carbon emissions and improve the health and comfort of Portland homes. Portland has committed to...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Oct 28, 2020
Over the last four years, DOE’s Smart Energy Analytics Campaign has gathered the most comprehensive dataset available on Energy Management Information Systems (EMIS) costs and benefits, working with more than 100 industry partners. In October 2020, the Campaign released its final report on the...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Oct 09, 2020
Resilience – or disaster preparedness – has direct ties to energy efficiency and is an important part of any organization’s portfolio. Three Better Buildings Challenge multifamily partners are leading the way to assess risk and prepare their housing portfolios for extreme weather events. Jonathan...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Oct 05, 2020
As a Better Buildings Challenge partner, Pace University has committed to 20% energy reduction campus-wide by 2023. When COVID-19 hit New York City in March and April, the university acted swiftly by closing the campus and sending nearly all students, faculty, and staff to attend classes and work...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Oct 02, 2020
As buildings become more efficient and technologically advanced, the next generation of the workforce needs to be prepared to develop, integrate, install, and diffuse energy-efficient technologies. Through DOE’s Better Buildings Workforce Accelerator (BBWA), partners are working to ensure training...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Oct 01, 2020
The 10 most-viewed resources from the past month include new solutions from Better Buildings partners Kaiser Permanente and Iron Mountain Data Centers, plus helpful resources on renewables, plug and process loads, CHP, and more. Check them out! 1. InterContinental Hotels Group: Green Engage™...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Sep 23, 2020
While many Better Buildings partners continue to face complex challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic, commercial real estate partner Highwoods Properties is using this time to continue pursuing energy efficiency improvements. In particular, the company is utilizing submeter technology to analyze...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Sep 02, 2020
The 10 most-viewed resources from the past month include a new showcase project from Better Plants partner Ford Motor Company, as well as toolkits on financing, high-efficiency RTU replacements, resiliency, and more. Check them out! 1. Green Revolving Funds Toolkit This collection of solutions...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Sep 01, 2020
The current pandemic is challenging the US healthcare system in unprecedented ways. Facilities have been reimagined, renovated, strained, and underutilized simultaneously – ICUs and other critical care areas have seen an increase in occupancy while offices in medical office buildings sit empty....
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Aug 27, 2020
Developed by DOE and its national labs, the Home Energy Score™ provides home owners, buyers, and renters directly comparable and credible information about a home’s energy use. A new study by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) has demonstrated the importance of sharing...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Aug 25, 2020
2020 has been the year of “the pivot” – of looking critically at every part of operations and thinking creatively about new approaches to doing business. Changes that businesses would never have dreamed of a few months ago have become commonplace. News of British shirt factories now producing...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Aug 24, 2020
Plug and Process Loads (PPLs) are building electrical loads used by plug-in equipment and appliances as well as processes for cooking, computing, and internal transportation. PPLs consume more than 45% of commercial building energy use, and this number is expected to increase to more than 50% by...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Aug 20, 2020
With vacant office spaces as many tenants are working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic, the commercial real estate sector is presented with unique challenges and an opportunity to conduct preventative maintenance and other energy efficiency projects normally too disruptive to complete during...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Aug 19, 2020
If all laboratory buildings in the U.S. improved their energy efficiency by 20%, annual energy and cost savings could reach approximately 40 trillion BTUs and $1 billion. To address this significant opportunity, DOE’s Better Buildings launched the Smart Labs Accelerator to target energy efficiency...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Aug 18, 2020
DOE wrapped up the 8-part 2020 Better Buildings Summer Webinar Series with “Succeed with Submetering: How to Make the Business Case,” featuring a panel of experts from the Maryland Department of General Services, Towson University, and Argonne National Laboratory. As Better Buildings partners...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Aug 03, 2020
The 10 most-viewed resources from the past month include new solutions from Better Buildings partners Sprint and DWS on waste reduction and resiliency, as well as toolkits on high-efficiency RTU replacements, financing, and more. Check them out! 1. Clean Energy for Low-Income Communities (CELICA)...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Jul 31, 2020
DOE’s Better Buildings commercial real estate (CRE) sector hosted a panel to discuss integrating environmental, social, and governance (ESG) principles into workforce development at the 2020 Virtual BOMA International Conference & Expo held in July. The session focused on how the CRE industry...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Jul 14, 2020
This year, 29 organizations, collectively representing more than 1 billion square feet of leased space earned the Green Lease Leader designation. These organizations consist of owners and renters ranging from small and large commercial offices to retail and industrial properties and data centers....
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Jul 09, 2020
As a participant in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Waste Reduction Pilot, Sprint (now part of T-Mobile) has committed to tracking its waste reduction progress along with energy performance for the Better Buildings Challenge. As part of its expanded sustainability goals in 2019, Sprint committed...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Jul 08, 2020
The 10 most-viewed resources from the past month include a new resilience strategy for affordable housing from Jonathan Rose Companies, as well as toolkits on financing, Smart Labs programs, high-efficiency RTU replacements, and more. Check them out! 1. Finance and Resilience Toolkit for...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Jul 01, 2020
After the Better Buildings Summit kicked off on June 8, 2020, partners and affiliates in the commercial real estate (CRE) sector hosted a meet-up to discuss energy efficiency challenges, solutions, and opportunities. Here are some highlights: The program congratulated Nuveen Real Estate on...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Jun 29, 2020
Congratulations to Mercy Housing, Corcoran Management, Preservation of Affordable Housing, and Trinity Housing Corporation of Greeley on achieving their 20 percent portfolio-wide energy savings goal within the Better Buildings Challenge. These four Challenge partners serve a combined portfolio of...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Jun 25, 2020
In 2011, Cleveland Clinic Foundation became one of the first healthcare partners to join the Better Buildings Challenge, committing to reduce its energy use intensity by 20% by 2020. Right on schedule, in 2020 the organization reached 22% energy savings across 18+ million square feet. Through...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Jun 23, 2020
Developed by DOE and its national labs, the Home Energy Score™ provides home owners, buyers, and renters directly comparable and credible information about a home’s energy use. Three Home Energy Score partners are increasing demand for Home Energy Scores in the housing market from San Francisco to...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Jun 21, 2020
Healthcare energy efficiency was a popular topic throughout this year’s Better Buildings Summit. To kick off the four-day Virtual Leadership Symposium, Associate Professor Dr. Joseph Allen of Harvard's T.H. Chan School of Public Health highlighted the importance of promoting human health and...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Jun 18, 2020
For part 1 of the highlights from the 2020 Better Buildings Summit, click here. Wednesday, June 10 Day 3 of the Better Buildings Summit kicked off with five concurrent morning workshops and presentations on solar energy, financing for energy efficiency projects, the formal launches of DOE’s...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Jun 16, 2020
This year’s Better Buildings Summit was held as a Virtual Leadership Symposium, and featured interactive online sessions, workshops, plenaries, and sector meet-ups with market leaders and industry stakeholders and experts. Below are highlights from days 1 and 2 of the first ever virtual Summit....
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Jun 02, 2020
The 10 most-viewed resources on the Better Buildings Solution Center from the past month include a new Finance and Resilience toolkit, guidance for creating a Smart Labs program, and webinars on building operations and efficiency during unpredictable times. Check them out! 1. Managing HVAC Systems...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Jun 01, 2020
In 2017, San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) passed the Carbon Neutral Schools Resolution, committing to eliminate its greenhouse gas emissions by 2040. To achieve this goal, the district is improving energy efficiency at existing schools and selected Charles Drew Elementary as the first...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on May 28, 2020
At the 2020 Green Schools Conference and Expo, DOE’s Better Buildings team hosted a panel with Challenge partner Poudre School District and a representative from the State of Tennessee’s Energy Efficiency Schools Initiative to share resources and successes about energy efficiency in rural K-12...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on May 26, 2020
Resilience is emerging as a critical issue for commercial buildings, particularly in light of recent disruptions from climate and weather events. Owners and operators of commercial properties are placing greater emphasis on improving the resilience of their assets and mitigating risk from natural...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on May 07, 2020
The 10 most-viewed resources from the past month include new solutions from Schneider Electric, Centrica Business Solutions, and Connecticut Green Bank as well as toolkits on financing, lighting, reducing energy use in laboratories, and more. Check them out! 1. Energy Savings Performance...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Apr 01, 2020
The 10 most-viewed resources from the past month include a new toolkit on high-efficiency interior lighting, as well as solutions on financing, sustainability management in hospitality, and more. Check them out! 1. Energy Savings Performance Contracting (ESPC) Toolkit This collection of resources...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Mar 23, 2020
Does your organization include energy efficiency and sustainability in its lease clauses or corporate guidelines? Apply to be a 2020 Green Lease Leader! Developed through DOE’s Better Buildings Initiative and the Institute for Market Transformation (IMT), Green Lease Leaders is a national program...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Mar 18, 2020
Recognizing the need for a low-cost, reliable method for homeowners and buyers to understand their homes’ energy use, DOE created the Home Energy Score™. Just like a miles-per-gallon rating for a car, the score provides comparable and credible information about a home’s energy efficiency. DOE...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Mar 03, 2020
The 10 most-viewed resources from the past month include a new webinar on distributed energy and resilience, as well as solutions on financing, rooftop solar, and more. Check them out! 1. Energy Savings Performance Contracting (ESPC) Toolkit This collection of resources enables state and local...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Feb 28, 2020
On February 27, 2020, DOE recognized Better Buildings Challenge partner Chesapeake College for advances in energy efficiency and resiliency made at its campus in Wye Mills, Maryland. Chesapeake College has reduced its energy intensity by 24% since 2011, reaching its Challenge goal of 20% energy...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Feb 14, 2020
Better Buildings Challenge multifamily partners are challenging the misperception that solar power is an amenity reserved for middle- and upper-income households. Using an innovative financing model called “portfolio-level solar,” six Challenge partners have installed 8.4 MW of solar PV in...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Feb 05, 2020
Through DOE’s Interior Lighting Campaign (ILC), building owner participants have replaced more than 3.5 million lighting systems, cumulatively saving roughly 800 million kWh of electricity per year (approximately the energy used by 80,000 U.S. homes) and $85 million in energy costs. The 2015 –...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Feb 04, 2020
The 10 most-viewed resources from the past month include new solutions from The Tower Companies and Hannaford Supermarkets, as well as guidance on upgrading to efficient lighting, financing projects, and more. Check them out! 1. Energy Savings Performance Contracting (ESPC) Toolkit This collection...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Jan 24, 2020
On January 23, DOE recognized Better Buildings Challenge partner MetLife Investment Management for advances in energy efficiency made at its District Center in Washington, D.C. MetLife’s District Center is a 910,000-square-foot commercial building in Washington, D.C.’s east end. As a result of...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Jan 09, 2020
Upfront costs can be a hurdle for owners and developers looking to implement energy, water, or resilience improvements in new building construction, adaptive reuse, or major renovation. Working with partners and allies in the Better Buildings Challenge, DOE has developed the Commercial PACE for...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Jan 06, 2020
As 2020 kicks off, we are excited 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. Commercial Energy Financing Primer Part of the Better Buildings Financing Navigator, this primer serves as...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Dec 13, 2019
This fall, Better Plants Challenge partner Legrand kicked off its Energy Marathon 3.0, a company-wide initiative to reduce energy usage and increase efficiency. Keeping to the 26.2-mile marathon theme, the event spanned 26.2 days – October 3-29, 2019. Participating Legrand sites were challenged...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Dec 04, 2019
The 10 most-viewed resources from the past month include new solutions from Kaiser Permanente and DaVita, a recent webinar on solutions for small and rural K-12 schools, and more. Check them out! 1. Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy in Small and Rural K-12 Schools (Webinar) This webinar...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Nov 22, 2019
Last week, DOE’s Smart Energy Analytics (SEA) Campaign welcomed its 100th participant. For the past three years, DOE, through this campaign, has helped participants leverage commercially-available energy management information systems (EMIS) and use ongoing monitoring practices to meet their...

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