Beat Blog

by Allison Nozza, JDM on Nov 02, 2017
The Beat Blog recently told you about Cleveland Clinic’s new case study on Green Revolving Funds for Healthcare projects. Inspired by the growing interest in this funding mechanism, Better Buildings has compiled this excellent resource, and many others, into the Green Revolving Funds Toolkit....
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Oct 12, 2017
When you have a portfolio of over 900 quick-service restaurants across the country, how do you keep track of, manage, and maintain all of your HVAC equipment? Frank Iona and his team at Arby’s were able to find a 21st century solution to that … an app! Starting in 2015, Arby’s developed a...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Aug 04, 2017
The Smart Energy Analytics (SEA) Campaign encourages the use of commercially available Energy Management and Information Systems (EMIS) technologies and ongoing monitoring practices to help uncover energy-saving opportunities and improve building performance for the long run. With building...
by Better Buildings Commercial Real Estate Team on Mar 23, 2017
Leaders in the commercial real estate (CRE) sector have indicated a market need for information about the legality of submetering throughout the country. According to DOE's Energy Efficiency in Separate Tenant Spaces Report, achieving greater levels of tenant energy efficiency is feasible through...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Aug 01, 2016
It's not always expected that a renewable energy system can take a building from zero to sub-zero in a single year. But that's exactly what happened when Suncoast Credit Union decided to build its Bushnell Service Center, a unique zero-energy building that integrates renewable energy with high...
by Andrew Burr, U.S. Department of Energy on Jun 13, 2016
On May 26, Better Buildings announced an historic partnership with The CoStar Group, one of the largest providers of information to real estate decision makers in the country, to increase the visibility of energy performance data in CoStar’s online property database. CoStar will collect energy...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Jun 06, 2016
While the idea of sustainability managers might not immediately conjure up suspense or allure like Superman or Catwoman, they are heroes in their own right. They are the ones finding new ways to save their communities from climate change, cutting costs to operate their businesses, and spurring new...
by Cindy Zhu, U.S. Department of Energy on Mar 30, 2016
TIAA, one of the first commercial real estate partners to step up to the Better Buildings Challenge in 2011, has been demonstrating their energy and water efficiency leadership ever since. Most recently, TIAA is sharing three new energy and water solutions, bringing its total solutions to five....
by Michael Deru, NREL on Mar 14, 2016
Commercial office buildings are a great target for efficiency projects due to their structured occupancy schedules and high energy intensity.  Proposals that make a strong fiscal case on paper, however, oftentimes fail to reach execution due to the ‘split incentive’ that exists among the different...
by Andrew Feierman, Institute for Market Transformation on Feb 04, 2016
Last week, the Institute for Market Transformation (IMT) and the Better Buildings Alliance launched the third annual Green Lease Leaders recognition program. Beginning in 2013, Green Lease Leaders has set the bar for what makes a green or “energy-aligned” lease and put a much needed spotlight on...
by Andy Mitchell on Dec 21, 2015
Sometimes the greatest energy efficiency tool goes beyond the latest and most efficient technologies. That case is true with Hilton Worldwide, and the company's recent certification under the U.S. Department of Energy's Superior Energy Performance (SEP) program. Yesterday, Hilton Worldwide...
by Monica Kanojia on Oct 09, 2015
How the grocery store’s all-around, and all-over approach to corporate-wide sustainability promotes customer loyalty and engages employees The Food Marketing Institute recently held its Energy and Store Development Conference in San Diego, CA where facility managers, designers, and energy modelers...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Oct 05, 2015
PNC Financial Services Group officially opened its new headquarters, The Tower at PNC Plaza. This was not just any ordinary grand opening. Members of the community, city officials, and PNC executives gathered at the 33-story, 800,000 square foot tower in Pittsburgh to tour the building that is...
by Priya Swamy on Sep 14, 2015
Last spring, the Energy Department (DOE) launched its Better Buildings Workforce Guidelines, a national framework that helps professional organizations develop high-quality training and certification programs for their members. The Guidelines, which provide national recognition to this work, help...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Jul 23, 2015
Grocery stores seek to deliver convenience to their customers. However, this convenience—large-scale refrigeration, open refrigerated cases, industrial cooking equipment—also causes the sector to struggle with energy management.  Better Buildings Challenge partner Whole Foods Market created such a...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Apr 15, 2015
In partnership with the National Institute of Building Sciences, DOE has released national voluntary workforce guidelines. Developed with feedback from industry experts, these guidelines provide a national framework for certification agencies across the country to roll out quality, consistent...
by Holly Carr on Apr 01, 2015
If you’ve ever worked in a commercial kitchen or fast-food restaurant then you know all about the equipment inside: the fryers, ovens, dishwashers, heating lamps, fans, and walk-in freezers. They’re necessary to making delicious food – but did you know how much energy they sap? Food service...