DOE Releases Annual Progress Report Celebrating Energy Savings and Accomplishments of Better Buildings Initiative Partners

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 1.38 quadrillion Btus, equivalent to $8.4 billion in energy and cost savings. These market leaders are adopting emerging technologies, advancing the American workforce, and sharing their innovative approaches to energy and water efficiency.

Highlights of their achievements include:

  • More than 360 Better Buildings Challenge partners have saved nearly $4 billion since the program began. Financial allies have extended more than $19 billion for efficiency projects. Partners have also saved more than 6 billion gallons of water.
  • More than 215 manufacturing partners located in all 50 states are working with DOE through the Better Plants program and report an estimated $5.3 billion in cost savings.
  • More than 220 Accelerator partners have created new tools and strategies targeting specific efficiency barriers like access to packaged combined heat and power, sustainable wastewater infrastructure, and building energy data analysis.
  • Better Buildings Alliance Technology Campaign participants reported estimated savings of nearly $200 million in 2018 through improvements to lighting, rooftop units, and energy management systems.


Congratulations to the 20 Better Buildings and Better Plants partners who achieved their energy, water, or financing goals this year. This year’s goal achievers are:

  • Abundant Power Group (finance)
  • Atlanta, GA (energy)
  • Bentley Mills (energy)
  • Bucks County Water & Sewer Authority (energy)
  • Bullitt County Public Schools, KY (energy)
  • Cambridge, MA, Housing Authority (energy)
  • Chattanooga, TN (energy)
  • General Mills (energy)
  • Greenworks Lending (finance)
  • Hannon Armstrong (finance)
  • Havertys (energy)
  • Iron Mountain (energy)
  • Keene Housing (water)
  • Kohl’s Department Stores (energy)
  • Las Vegas Sands Corporation (energy)
  • Redaptive (finance)
  • Roanoke, VA (energy)
  • Sparkfund (finance)
  • TE Connectivity (energy)
  • Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation (energy and water)


Better Buildings partners are leading the market to accelerate the adoption of energy-efficient technologies and practices by contributing to over 2,500 resources with replicable solutions available on the Better Buildings Solution Center.

Read about previous partner successes in the 2018 Better Buildings Progress Report.