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by Better Buildings Beat Team on Jun 29, 2022
The Commercial Real Estate (CRE) sector saw strong turnout at the 2022 Better Buildings, Better Plants Summit, with representatives from more than two dozen organizations taking advantage of the opportunity to share progress, exchange proven efficiency and decarbonization solutions, and network...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Jun 24, 2022
In 2017, Life Time, Inc. became the first athletic club partner to join the Better Buildings Challenge by committing to a 20% energy efficiency improvement over 10 years. Now, Life Time has surpassed that goal, reaching 38% energy savings in just seven years. Life Time improved energy performance...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Jun 14, 2022
More than 40 organizations are partnering with DOE as part of the Better Buildings Workforce Accelerator, committing to enhance the energy efficiency workforce by cultivating interest, facilitating pathways, and improving skills. These organizations are working to create a workforce that is well-...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Jun 09, 2022
Better Buildings Challenge partner The Catholic University of America (CUA) isn’t just increasing energy efficiency: they’re also working to foster next generation of the buildings and decarbonization workforce. Over Earth Day, the university hosted a conference exploring how the workforce is...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Jun 08, 2022
The Wendy’s Company joined the Better Buildings Challenge in 2015, committing to 20% energy reduction across its U.S. company-operated portfolio and its Restaurant Support Center of roughly 1.3 million square feet. As The Wendy’s Company worked to improve energy efficiency across its own portfolio...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Jun 08, 2022
The top 10 most-viewed resources on the Better Buildings Solution Center from the past month include strategies for low carbon technologies, energy project financing, and clean energy access in low-income communities. This list also highlights solutions from partners 3M, Celanese Corporation, Los...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on May 31, 2022
Thank you to all the partners, Goal Achievers, Better Plants Better Project and Practice Awardees, and attendees for joining us at the 2022 Better Buildings, Better Plants Summit! We hope you enjoyed the event, were able to reconnect with colleagues and peers, and gained valuable resources and...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on May 27, 2022
In a recent peer exchange, Better Buildings partners from the hospitality and healthcare sectors discussed challenges and solutions related to water efficiency, conservation, and safety. The event brought together Better Buildings partners and affiliates, including Hilton, Travel + Leisure, the...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on May 10, 2022
With buildings dating back to the 1850s, Bard College faces its fair share of challenges to decarbonization. From harnessing geothermal energy to piloting micro hydro dams, the college is taking innovative approaches to cutting greenhouse gas emissions across campus. In this conversation with...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on May 09, 2022
The top 10 most-viewed resources on the Better Buildings Solution Center from the past month feature a new solution from Zebra Technologies, plus toolkits on strategies for low carbon technologies, clean energy access in low-income communities, project financing, and more.  Check out this month’s...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on May 03, 2022
Register today for the 2022 Better Buildings, Better Plants Summit taking place in Arlington, Virginia, May 17-19, 2022. Join us for three days of networking opportunities, interactive sessions, and special events at this year’s Summit! Each year, the Better Buildings, Better Plants Summit...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Apr 13, 2022
Many people realize that energy efficiency can save energy and money, but energy-saving projects often yield additional, quantifiable benefits beyond energy and cost savings. However, the non-energy benefits of energy efficiency are frequently omitted from energy efficiency assessments in...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Apr 10, 2022
Better Buildings Affiliates are NGOs, associations, and nonprofits that identify, recruit, and support organizations interested in improving energy efficiency and reducing GHG emissions across their U.S. building portfolios. Through the Better Buildings Initiative, Better Buildings healthcare...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Apr 07, 2022
DOE’s Integrated Lighting Campaign (ILC), part of the Better Buildings Initiative, was launched in 2020 to work with facility owners, operators, and managers to demonstrate how to maximize savings with lighting upgrades. Through this effort, partners have demonstrated the greater impact of...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Apr 05, 2022
Registration is now open for the 2022 Better Buildings, Better Plants Summit, happening May 17-19, 2022. This year’s Summit will be in person and will convene Better Buildings and Better Plants partners across sectors and include industry experts, stakeholders, and other leaders in efficiency and...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Apr 01, 2022
The top 10 most-viewed resources on the Better Buildings Solution Center from the past month feature strategies for low carbon technologies, clean energy access in low-income communities, project financing, and more. This list also highlights solutions from partners New York City Housing Authority...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Mar 07, 2022
The top 10 most-viewed resources on the Better Buildings Solution Center from the past month features a new Showcase Project from Better Buildings Challenge partner Mercy Housing, plus strategies for low carbon technologies, toolkits for energy project financing, and more. Check out this month’s...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Feb 07, 2022
In a recent peer exchange, Better Buildings partners from the commercial real estate and healthcare sectors discussed challenges and solutions related to renewables integration, decarbonization strategies, and financing for Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs). The event brought together Better...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Feb 04, 2022
The top 10 most-viewed resources on the Better Buildings Solution Center from the past month include strategies for low carbon technologies, toolkits for wastewater energy management and energy project financing, and more. Check them out! 1. Low Carbon Technology Strategies Toolkit To help...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Feb 02, 2022
Almost 40 organizations are partnering with DOE as part of the Better Buildings Workforce Accelerator with a commitment to enhancing the energy efficiency workforce by cultivating interest, facilitating pathways, and improving skills. These organizations are catalyzing a workforce that is well-...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Jan 07, 2022
As your organization prepares for 2022, we are excited to share last year’s most-viewed partner solutions and toolkits on the Better Buildings Solution Center! Check out our most popular resources from 2021 and see what you may have missed. Jump to Toolkits PARTNER SOLUTIONS 1. Showcase Project:...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Jan 06, 2022
On Wednesday, December 15, Better Buildings Challenge multifamily partner NHT Communities hosted Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Marcia L. Fudge and DOE Secretary Jennifer M. Granholm at its Vintage Gardens community in West Baltimore, Maryland. Baltimore Mayor Brandon...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Dec 03, 2021
The top 10 most-viewed resources on the Better Buildings Solution Center from the past month features strategies for low carbon technologies, toolkits for wastewater energy management and energy project financing, an award-winning solution on the use of cloud-based monitoring systems, and more. ...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Dec 01, 2021
Tackling low-hanging fruit in energy efficiency may not seem important, but for the energy-intensive manufacturing industry, it can have a significant impact on energy and cost savings. Watch the video below to hear how LED lighting saves Steelcase nearly $200,000 annually in energy costs – along...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Nov 18, 2021
Put your industrial facility on the right path toward carbon reduction with three tips from Mani Balakrishnan of Zebra Technologies. Carve out 6 minutes to watch his conversation with Kelly Speakes-Backman, Acting Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, and hear how science...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Nov 15, 2021
Congratulations to three Better Buildings Challenge multifamily partners who successfully competed for Passive House Design Challenge grants from the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC): Preservation of Affordable Housing (POAH), Community Builders, Inc., and Beacon Communities. Passive...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Nov 11, 2021
Collaboration, teamwork, and partnerships. According to Ian Lahiff of the City of Orlando, these are the key ingredients to a successful energy efficiency and decarbonization program. Building a coalition allows sustainability projects to run more smoothly and get done faster. Orlando’s solar...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Nov 05, 2021
The top 10 most-viewed resources on the Better Buildings Solution Center from the past month feature two new solutions: the Low Carbon Technology Strategies Toolkit and a Showcase Project from Better Buildings partner Gundersen Health System. This list also contains toolkits on energy project...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Oct 27, 2021
The healthcare sector faces unique challenges in its efforts to reduce carbon emissions and increase energy efficiency – but with unique challenges come unique opportunities. Tim Wilson of Gundersen Health System shares the organization’s new efficiency projects and two things you can do right now...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Oct 08, 2021
The top 10 most-viewed resources on the Better Buildings Solution Center from the past month include resources from Better Buildings partners IHG Hotels & Resorts, New York City Housing Authority, and Citizen Energy. This list also includes toolkits on energy project financing, energy...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Sep 30, 2021
Over the past 50 years, U.S. population has doubled while demand for water has tripled. As demand increases and climate impacts further diminish water resources, deliberate conservation is crucial to improve resilience while saving energy and lowering operational costs.   U.S. EPA figure shows...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Sep 28, 2021
Implementing a robust energy efficiency plan across an organization requires buy-in from leadership – especially when it comes to funding. Balancing costs of upgrades to support energy efficiency with competing priorities for funding is most successful when presented with a clear and compelling...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Sep 23, 2021
Before building new or rehabbing existing multifamily housing buildings, consider steps to reduce the carbon footprint of the building. Julie Klump of Preservation of Affordable Housing shares recommendations for how to harness passive housing design now to cut carbon and increase resilience in...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Sep 10, 2021
In a recent peer exchange, Better Buildings partners in the healthcare and higher education sectors discussed challenges and solutions related to energy efficiency and renewable energy procurement on a campus setting. The event brought together over a dozen participants from Better Buildings...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Sep 03, 2021
The top 10 most-viewed resources on the Better Buildings Solution Center from the past month include toolkits for wastewater energy management, energy management information systems, clean energy access in low-income communities, project financing, and more. Resources featured in this list...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Aug 31, 2021
The U.S. Department of Energy has released a new, interactive tool that contains a comprehensive listing of microgrid installations across the United States. The Microgrid Installation Database on the Better Buildings Solution Center lists the nation’s 461 operational microgrids that provide a...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Aug 26, 2021
Over the past year, the multifamily building sector has played a critical role in addressing the health challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. As most sectors saw a decrease in building operations, the multifamily sector faced the opposite: residents spending more time at home. Building...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Aug 23, 2021
As the public and private sectors pursue organization-wide goals for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, commercial food service kitchens and restaurants face multiple challenges: identifying new opportunities to improve energy efficiency while adhering to changing local and state regulations...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Aug 10, 2021
This blog originally appeared August 9, 2021, on DOE's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy website.  The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is recognizing 14 organizations for their leadership in the Better Buildings Building Envelope Campaign (BEC). This campaign, introduced in 2020,...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Aug 06, 2021
The top 10 most-viewed resources on the Better Buildings Solution Center from the past month feature three successful waste reduction efforts. Resources highlight Better Buildings partners Sprint, Shorenstein Properties, New York City Housing Authority, and IHG Hotels & Resorts and Better...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Aug 02, 2021
Resilience is the ability to resist being affected by or bounce back from an extreme or disastrous event, and it is increasingly important for all building owners. 87% of organizations polled in the 2019 EEI survey indicated that resilience is very or extremely important when considering future...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Jul 28, 2021
Since 2013, all member organizations of Stewards of Affordable Housing for the Future (SAHF) have joined the inaugural cohort of multifamily partners taking part in the Better Buildings Challenge to reduce their energy usage by 20% over ten years, while also committing to SAHF’s “Big Reach,” an...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Jul 26, 2021
On Wednesday, July 14, 2021, Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm visited Grace West Manor, an affordable housing property in Newark, New Jersey, to recognize owner and Better Buildings Challenge partner Jonathan Rose Companies for its progress in making housing healthier, more affordable, and...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Jul 16, 2021
The University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) was founded in 1881 and is Nebraska’s only publicly supported health sciences center. The campus sits on 165 acres in Omaha and enrolls nearly 4,000 students annually. UNMC joined the Better Buildings Challenge in 2016, committing 6.8 million square...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Jul 07, 2021
This year’s Better Buildings, Better Plants Summit featured two sessions with speakers from the Workforce Accelerator, an effort that supports organizations leading the way in growing a workforce well-equipped for the transition to a higher-performing building stock. Partner Meetup: Workforce...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Jul 02, 2021
The 10 most-viewed resources from the past month include solutions from the higher education, healthcare, hospitality, and multifamily sectors, featuring Better Buildings partners University of Maryland Medical Center, UC Berkeley, IHG Hotels & Resorts, and New York City Housing Authority. The...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Jun 17, 2021
For the second year, healthy and efficient building operations was a popular topic during the Better Buildings, Better Plants Summit. Several sessions featured healthcare partners discussing their hands-on experience at the intersection of health and building operations. Commercial real estate (...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Jun 14, 2021
The Department of Energy (DOE)’s Better Buildings, Better Plants Summit concluded on May 20 after four days of interactive sessions, peer networking, and knowledge sharing. This year, thousands of leaders in the buildings, manufacturing, and energy, water, and waste-efficiency industries came...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Jun 11, 2021
DOE has recently updated its integrated tool suite (MEASUR), designed to help manufacturers increase industrial energy efficiency at the plant level and for specific energy-consuming systems. MEASUR contains capabilities to analyze most major support systems found within manufacturing facilities,...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Jun 09, 2021
Through the Better Buildings, Better Plants Waste Reduction Pilot, DOE is working with organizations across all sectors to determine the appropriate metrics, goals, and opportunities to reduce waste. By reducing waste, organizations strengthen their competitiveness and sustainability while...

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