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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 Jun 07, 2021
Efficiency upgrades often present a dilemma: they save costs once completed, but the initial investment can be prohibitive. A case in point is high-efficiency equipment and building system controls for space conditioning and plug and process loads (PPLs). The good news is that utility incentives...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Dec 03, 2020
In a live, virtual event, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recognized Better Buildings Challenge partner the State of Maryland for energy efficiency leadership. As a Goal Achiever, Maryland reduced its energy intensity by 20% over its 9-million-square-foot buildings portfolio, and has now...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on May 31, 2018
Rooftop units (RTUs) are used to condition over half of all commercial floor space in the U.S. and constitute the most common HVAC equipment found in low-rise commercial structures.  The Department of Energy’s (DOE) Advanced RTU Campaign estimates that if all 10-20 ton commercial units were...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Sep 06, 2017
Proper building maintenance is a critical component of any facility’s sustainability strategy. Without the right tools in place, it can be challenging to know if your HVAC system has leaky chilled water valves or outdoor air sensor drift. Better Buildings Challenge partner, Sprint, has a tool that...