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by Better Buildings Beat Team on Sep 25, 2017
Far and away, the top-rated session at the 2017 Better Buildings Summit (based on your feedback) was Energy Efficient-SHE: Women’s Perspectives on Sustainability. Not only was the room at capacity – to the degree that in the back it was standing-room-only – but the conversation was full of...
by Jay Paidipati, Navigant on Aug 23, 2017
At the recent Better Buildings Summit, I had the opportunity to moderate a session with Karen Butterfield of Stem, Ben Myers of Boston Properties, and Jessie Denver with the City of San Francisco to discuss their strategies and experiences related to adopting solar PV plus energy storage. It was a...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Aug 23, 2017
How can we use the most impactful packages of energy savings measures, big data from buildings and strategic investment planning to capture 20-30 percent more whole building energy savings than just the "low-hanging fruit?" Building from current research and development by DOE’s Commercial...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Jul 07, 2017
This blog concludes our highlights from this year’s Better Buildings Summit Showcase Tours! The National Museum of Natural History opened in 1910, and was among the first Smithsonian buildings constructed exclusively to house the nation’s collections and research facilities. A group of 25 Better...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Jul 07, 2017
Twenty Summit attendees were treated to a tour of one of D.C.’s most sustainable buildings – the headquarters of the Urban Land Institute (ULI). The mission of ULI is to provide leadership in the responsible use of land and in creating and sustaining thriving communities worldwide. Attendees...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Jun 29, 2017
Stay tuned for more highlights from this year’s Better Buildings Summit Showcase Tours. George C. Marshall High School is one of 28 high schools in the Fairfax County Public School District (FCPS) serving over 2,000 students and 100 faculty members. The Falls Church, Virginia facility was...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Jun 29, 2017
Stay tuned for more highlights from this year’s Better Buildings Summit Showcase Tours. Better Buildings Alliance partner REI lead a group of 20 Summit attendees on a tour of the Uline Arena, also known as Washington Coliseum. Originally built in 1941, in 2016 the Arena reopened as a REI’s new D....
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Jun 22, 2017
Stay tuned for more highlights from this year’s Better Buildings Summit Showcase Tours. Built in 1965, the Washington Hilton is a regular host to the White House Correspondents Dinner, the National Prayer Breakfast, and in recent years, the Better Buildings Summit! Hilton Worldwide, a flagship...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Jun 22, 2017
The Latitude Apartments are a new 12-story, 265-unit midrise multifamily development in Arlington, Virginia, located directly across the street from the Virginia Square Metro station. Tim McDonald from the Penrose Group guided a capacity tour of Summit attendees through the luxury building’s green...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Jun 22, 2017
With a 2008 energy baseline, Shorenstein Properties committed 21 million square feet to the Better Buildings Challenge, and the results have been impressive, as the commercial real estate giant achieved 20 percent energy savings across its building portfolio. Shorenstein Properties LLC, one of the...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Jun 15, 2017
On May 16, the Department of Energy recognized Schneider Electric for its goal achievement in the Better Buildings, Better Plants Challenge, meeting its goal of 26 percent energy savings over the course of nine years. Schneider Electric is the global specialist in energy management, offering...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Jun 13, 2017
The presentations from the 2017 Better Buildings Summit are now available on the Solution Center for you to download, share, and reference. Nearly 250 speakers presented more than 100 sessions during the three-day Summit, on topics ranging from evaluating financing structures to marketing local...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Jun 07, 2017
On May 16, the Energy Department recognized Johnson Controls as a goal achiever in the Better Buildings, Better Plants Challenge, exceeding its goal of 25 percent energy savings over the course of seven years. Johnson Controls, a global multi-industrial company with established core businesses in...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Jun 05, 2017
The commercial real estate industry presents numerous barriers for improving a building portfolio’s energy efficiency, and The Tower Companies overcame those obstacles in resounding fashion. Committing nine buildings with 2.5 million-square-feet to the Better Buildings Challenge, The Tower...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Jun 02, 2017
Stay tuned for more highlights from this year’s Better Buildings Summit Showcase Tours. Better Buildings Challenge partner The JBG Companies led a group of Summit attendees on a tour of CEB Tower, located just outside Washington, D.C. in Rosslyn, Virginia. The 570,000-square-foot, 31-story trophy...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Jun 02, 2017
Stay tuned for more highlights from this year’s Better Buildings Summit Showcase Tours. Better Buildings Local Government partner Arlington County hosted 15 Summit attendees at the Central Library, the county public library system’s headquarters, to showcase the innovative work being done to save...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on May 30, 2017
The 2017 Better Buildings Summit brought nearly 1,000 of the nation's leading energy experts to Washington, D.C. May 15-17. Representatives from the Retail, Food Service, and Grocery (RFSG) sector came together in a number of different ways to share knowledge and insights from their store and...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on May 24, 2017
As the first affordable housing multifamily group to reach its Better Buildings Challenge goal, JCHE is setting the stage for other housing groups to become more energy efficient. JCHE leads the way through several projects, including its addition of solar electric and geo-thermal heating and...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on May 18, 2017
At this year's Summit in Washington D.C., over one thousand energy professionals (1,080 to be exact!) came together to tackle what the next big things will be when it comes to saving energy in our nation's homes, buildings, and manufacturing plants. Over the three-day event, attendees had the...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on May 16, 2017
This year the results are in - and they are better than ever. View our infographic for all the updates!  
by Better Buildings Beat Team on May 16, 2017
In the past year, the Better Buildings Challenge gained 35 new partners representing the industrial, K-12 schools, financing, multifamily, commercial real estate, university and hospitality sectors. These partners are committed to 20 percent of greater energy improvements across their entire...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Apr 10, 2017
Already, over 600 partners, national experts, and speakers are signed up for the 2017 Better Buildings Summit. And with just four weeks to register, we anticipate the largest Summit ever. Download the Summit App or preview the print program online now.  Starting May 15, the Summit offers an...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Mar 27, 2017
The 2017 Better Buildings Summit is right around the corner and we want to make sure you have everything you need to register. Check out confirmed speakers, sessions, and special events on the Summit website today. BY THE NUMBERS: 125+ SESSIONS AND WORKSHOPS ARE PLANNED ACROSS MULTIPLE SECTORS AND...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Mar 22, 2017
Better Buildings Initiative partners in pursuit of their energy savings, can sometimes hit a roadblock that stalls progress in meeting their goals. To help overcome these moments of pause, at this year's Better Buildings Summit, national laboratory experts are available to help attendees and...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Mar 15, 2017
The Department of Energy is taking energy efficiency to a new level at the 2017 Better Buildings Summit from May 15 to 17 in Washington, D.C. Featuring energy experts from a variety of backgrounds and sectors, the Summit has a little bit of everything for attendees. And this year we are debuting a...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Oct 24, 2016
It’s time to get excited for the 2017 Better Buildings Summit, presented by the U.S. Department of Energy!  For the fourth consecutive year, over 900 Better Buildings partners and allies will come together at the Summit to explore and share innovative strategies, emerging trends, and high-impact...