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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...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Nov 22, 2019
Housing retrofit projects that improve energy efficiency can also improve the health of occupants while reducing waste and operating costs. Three Better Buildings partners, East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation (EBALDC), Kaiser Permanente, and Enterprise Community Partners, have teamed up...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Nov 07, 2019
Better Buildings Challenge multifamily partner New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) offers a model for public housing authorities nationwide to develop green workforce programs, addressing an ever-growing need in the marketplace. NYCHA is using its suite of Energy Performance Contracts (EPCs)...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Nov 06, 2019
The 10 most-viewed resources from the past month include new solutions from Jamestown, LP and MetLife Investment Management, a commercial energy financing primer, and more. Check them out! 1. Commercial Energy Financing Primer Part of the Better Buildings Financing Navigator, this primer serves as...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Nov 06, 2019
Earlier this year, the City of Atlanta achieved a 20.3% reduction in energy use intensity across more than 100 million square feet, surpassing its Better Buildings Challenge goal two years ahead of schedule. This week, the city and its partners are celebrating the successes of the Atlanta Better...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Nov 05, 2019
Las Vegas Sands is demonstrating impressive energy efficiency leadership by becoming the first hospitality partner to achieve its Better Buildings Challenge energy savings goal. Across its 17.3 million square-foot portfolio, Sands has improved energy performance by 24% from a 2011 baseline,...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Oct 29, 2019
On October 29, DOE traveled to Lickdale, Pennsylvania to recognize Better Buildings, Better Plants Challenge partner TE Connectivity for its impressive advances in energy efficiency. TE Connectivity’s Lickdale plant, which manufactures electrical connectors and contacts used primarily in household...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Oct 24, 2019
Today University of Colorado Boulder (CU Boulder) – a Better Buildings Alliance and Better Buildings Smart Labs Accelerator partner – hosted an extension of the I2SL Annual Conference at its campus. This conference is an international event focused on energy efficiency and sustainability in...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Oct 21, 2019
Low-income households on average spend over 8% of their income on energy costs, three times more than other households. With 50 million U.S. households defined as low-income, there is a significant opportunity for energy efficiency and cost savings. Partners in the Better Buildings Clean Energy...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Oct 18, 2019
A typical laboratory is 3-4 times more energy intensive than an average commercial building, making laboratories a priority for energy and cost savings.  The Better Buildings Smart Labs Accelerator partners with labs across the U.S. to find new ways to make labs more energy efficient, save money,...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Oct 15, 2019
The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Better Buildings, Better Plants team recently wrapped up a successful AEE World 2019 in Washington, D.C.! AEE World is the Association of Energy Engineers’ annual conference and expo, and features an entire track dedicated to the work of Better Plants and its...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Oct 09, 2019
Many Better Buildings partners across the country benefit from state and local support to achieve their efficiency goals. Governments, commissions, and businesses offer technical assistance and funding to increase energy efficiency through two primary tools: regulatory policies and financial...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Oct 02, 2019
The 10 most-viewed resources from the past month include Showcase Projects from Mayo Clinic and East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation (EBALDC), as well as toolkits on financing, lighting, and more. Check them out below! 1. East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation's Casa Arabella Oakland...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Sep 24, 2019
Upon joining the Better Buildings Alliance in 2011, Mayo Clinic committed to improving the energy productivity of its Rochester, Minnesota campus by 20% by the end of 2020. Mayo Clinic reached this goal two years early, and this year received Practice Greenhealth’s Emerald Award and Greening the...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Sep 20, 2019
Three prominent commercial real estate companies have recently joined the Better Buildings Challenge. MetLife Investment Management, Kilroy Realty Corporation, and Highwoods Properties join other notable Challenge partners that own, lease, or manage commercial properties in the United States....
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...

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