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by Better Buildings Beat Team on Sep 04, 2019
The 10 most-viewed resources from the past month include new solutions from Bentley Mills and Marriott, as well as toolkits on lighting, financing, and more. Check them out below! 1. Clean Energy for Low-Income Communities (CELICA) Toolkit Low-income households spend about 8% of their income on...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Aug 15, 2019
Since becoming a Better Buildings Challenge partner in 2016, Cambridge Housing Authority (CHA) has demonstrated impressive energy efficiency leadership across its 2.4 million-square foot portfolio of affordable housing for low-income individuals and families. As one of 105 multifamily housing...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Aug 13, 2019
DOE’s Better Buildings Interior Lighting Campaign (ILC) recognized 10 organizations for integrating highly-efficient lighting equipment solutions into their portfolios demonstrating typical energy savings of more than 50%. Additionally, nine of the organizations incorporated lighting controls such...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Aug 05, 2019
On July 9, D.C.-area properties opened their doors to 2019 Summit attendees to showcase their stand-out energy, water, and renewable efficiency measures. Below are highlights from one of the tours. AstraZeneca opened its Gaithersburg, Maryland, campus -- one of its global strategic R&D centers...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Aug 05, 2019
On July 9, D.C.-area properties opened their doors to 2019 Summit attendees to showcase their stand-out energy, water, and renewable efficiency measures. Below are highlights from one of the tours. Volvo Group North America gave a tour highlighting their production facility in Hagerstown, Maryland...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Aug 02, 2019
On July 9, D.C.-area properties opened their doors to 2019 Summit attendees to showcase their stand-out energy, water, and renewable efficiency measures. Below are highlights from one of the tours. Daniel White of Washington, D.C.'s Department of Energy & Environment (DOEE), and Jeff Lesk,...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Aug 02, 2019
On July 9, D.C.-area properties opened their doors to 2019 Summit attendees to showcase their stand-out energy, water, and renewable efficiency measures. Below are highlights from one of the tours. Better Buildings Data Center partners Digital Realty Trust, Inc. (DLR) and Iron Mountain...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Aug 01, 2019
On July 9, D.C.-area properties opened their doors to 2019 Summit attendees to showcase their stand-out energy, water, and renewable efficiency measures. Below are highlights from one of the tours. The Unisphere is the country’s largest net-zero energy commercial building at 210,000 square feet,...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Aug 01, 2019
On July 9, D.C.-area properties opened their doors to 2019 Summit attendees to showcase their stand-out energy, water, and renewable efficiency measures. Below are highlights from one of the tours. Discovery Elementary School, one of 23 elementary schools in Virginia’s Arlington Public School...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Aug 01, 2019
The 10 most-viewed resources from the past month include two new resources: the Clean Energy for Low-Income Communities Accelerator (CELICA) Toolkit and the Residential Energy Efficiency for Local Governments Guide. Check them out below! 1. Clean Energy for Low-Income Communities (CELICA) Toolkit...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Jul 31, 2019
On July 9, D.C.-area properties opened their doors to 2019 Summit attendees to showcase their stand-out energy, water, and renewable efficiency measures. Below are highlights from one of the tours. In November 2018, Amazon announced the selection of JBG SMITH as its partner to house and develop a...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Jul 31, 2019
On July 9, D.C.-area properties opened their doors to 2019 Summit attendees to showcase their stand-out energy, water, and renewable efficiency measures. Below are highlights from one of the tours. Attendees for the tour of The Pearl, The Tower Companies’ new multifamily property in Silver Spring...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Jul 30, 2019
On July 9, D.C.-area properties opened their doors to 2019 Summit attendees to showcase their stand-out energy, water, and renewable efficiency measures. Below are highlights from one of the tours. MGM National Harbor is a 3-million-square-foot, LEED Gold-certified waterfront resort destination in...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Jul 30, 2019
On July 9, D.C.-area properties opened their doors to 2019 Summit attendees to showcase their stand-out energy, water, and renewable efficiency measures. Below are highlights from one of the tours. NHT Communities hosted 2019 Better Buildings Summit attendees for a tour of its Southwest D.C....
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Jul 29, 2019
On July 9, D.C.-area properties opened their doors to 2019 Summit attendees to showcase their stand-out energy, water, and renewable efficiency measures. Below are highlights from one of the tours. The Architect of the Capitol (AoC) – the federal agency responsible for the maintenance, operation...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Jul 29, 2019
On July 23, DOE visited Sparta, Wisconsin to recognize Better Buildings Alliance partner Gundersen Health System at their Sparta Clinic for impressive portfolio-wide energy efficiency advances. The 35,000-square-foot Sparta Clinic was built with numerous energy-efficient design features aimed at...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Jul 26, 2019
On July 17 and 18, 2019, the American Society for Health Care Engineering (ASHE), a Better Buildings Alliance Affiliate, led an Energy Treasure Hunt with the help of DOE at the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC). To help to share its energy-savings knowledge and experience with others,...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Jul 25, 2019
On July 16, DOE traveled to Charlottesville, VA to recognize Better Buildings Challenge partner University of Virginia (UVA) for impressive energy efficiency advances made on its campus. DOE toured the energy and water upgrades made at UVA’s Showcase Project, Clark Hall. Clark Hall is mixed-use...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Jul 23, 2019
For part 1 of the highlights from the 2019 Better Buildings, Better Plants Summit, click here. Thursday, July 11 Day 2 of the 2019 Better Buildings, Better Plants Summit began with a full block of sessions, and even with the 9 A.M. start the discussions were energetic and the rooms were packed! In...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Jul 22, 2019
This year nearly 650 industry professionals gathered for the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Better Buildings, Better Plants Summit in Arlington, Virginia, just across the Potomac from Washington, D.C. Each year attendees – from the C-Suite to energy managers to facilities operations teams –...
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 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 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 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
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, toured the complex alongside LAUSD staff, students,...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Mar 26, 2019
On March 25, 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 savings...
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...

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