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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...
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 Jun 04, 2021
The 10 most-viewed solutions from the past month include a strategy for improving portfolio-wide energy efficiency from Better Buildings partner Lendlease, an innovative solution for energy plant management from Better Plants partner Ford, and resources from partners University of Maryland Medical...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on May 10, 2021
Register now for the 2021 Better Buildings, Better Plants Summit taking place May 17-20, 2021. Join us for four days of interactive sessions exploring emerging technologies and innovative strategies in water and energy efficiency, financing trends, workforce development, and much more. We are...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on May 03, 2021
The 10 most-viewed resources from the past month include newly updated toolkits for energy efficiency project financing, support materials for energy management information system (EMIS) specification, and solutions from partners IHG Hotels & Resorts and New York City Housing Authority. Check...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Apr 30, 2021
Nearly 40 organizations are partnering with DOE as part of the Better Buildings Workforce Accelerator. As partners, they are committed to enhancing the energy efficiency workforce by fostering interest, streamlining pathways, and improving skills. These organizations are leading the way in...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Apr 27, 2021
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recently released the “Energy Data Management Guide,” a new resource that provides public-sector organizations with a seven-step approach to establish a robust and sustainable energy data management program. The guide features proven practices from more than 30...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Apr 22, 2021
Walgreens has shown leadership in energy efficiency by achieving a 20% energy savings goal in the Better Buildings Challenge – and doing so in a year when the pharmacy, health, and beauty company stepped up to provide essential products and services to communities across the U.S. throughout the...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Apr 06, 2021
With the onset of to the COVID-19 pandemic, the retail sector experienced significant drops in sales across the industry, seeing as much as a 25% reduction in sales from February to April of 2020 with clothing/accessory stores and department stores feeling the largest impact. In-person sales...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Apr 05, 2021
The 10 most-viewed resources from the past month include toolkits for Smart Labs programs, energy efficiency project financing, and solutions from partners IHG Hotels & Resorts and New York City Housing Authority. Check them out! 1. Efficiency-Resilience Nexus Resources This easy-to-use...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Mar 25, 2021
In a recent peer exchange, Better Buildings partners in the healthcare and pharmaceutical sectors discussed challenges and solutions related to waste reduction and diversion in the medical field. Hosted by the DOE Waste Reduction Pilot team, the event brought together over a dozen participants...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Mar 22, 2021
Warehouses and distribution centers are one of the fastest-growing building types in the commercial sector [November 2020]. Due to increased supply needs brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic as well as the ongoing demands of e-commerce, warehouses and distribution centers have become vital to...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Mar 18, 2021
In a live, virtual event, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recognized Better Buildings Challenge partner Iron Mountain Data Centers for its success in energy efficiency. Iron Mountain achieved its energy savings goal of 20% across its portfolio. Iron Mountain has now set a second goal of...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Mar 12, 2021
America’s cities face several urgent and compounding challenges: climate change and lack of affordable housing for low-income households. And over the past year, resident health has also emerged as a more critical issue than ever. To address these multiple challenges, four Better Buildings...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Mar 04, 2021
The 10 most-viewed resources from the past month include a new webinar on climate risk assessments for commercial buildings, a new waste diversion solution from the City of Beaverton, Oregon, plus solutions from partners New York City Housing Authority and InterContinental Hotels Group. Check them...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Feb 23, 2021
Registration is now open for the 2021 Better Buildings, Better Plants Summit, happening May 17-20, 2021. This virtual symposium will bring together Better Buildings and Better Plants partners, industry experts and stakeholders, and professionals to explore the latest energy and water efficiency...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Feb 10, 2021
Better Buildings commercial real estate partners LBA Realty and CBRE participated in the Better Buildings Webinar “Climate Risk Assessments: Commercial Buildings & Portfolio Resilience” to share their unique solutions to climate risk factors in their respective portfolios. The session focused...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Feb 09, 2021
Ten years after Home Energy Score™ was announced as a tool to measure a home’s energy efficiency, the program reported its 150,000th score. For prospective homebuyers, this milestone represents progress in providing reliable information about a home’s efficiency and other key characteristics when...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Feb 09, 2021
It’s been a tough year to be in the hospitality industry. Hotels were among the first businesses hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. But there are still travelers out there who need a safe place to stay – whether they’re an essential worker, travelling for work, or in need of a socially-distanced...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Feb 08, 2021
The 10 most-viewed resources from the past month include a new Energy Management Information Systems (EMIS) technology specification, a toolkit for data centers, and solutions from Better Buildings partners InterContinental Hotels Group and New York City Housing Authority. Check them out! 1....
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Jan 15, 2021
U.S. data centers consume about 70 billion kWh of electricity per year, close to 2% of all U.S. electricity use. If all data centers were 20% more efficient, we could save about 14 billion kWh and $1.4 billion annually. To address this opportunity, DOE launched the Better Buildings Data Center...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Jan 14, 2021
As we move into 2021, we are excited to share the most-viewed resources on the Better Buildings Solution Center from the past year. We’ve gathered the 10 most popular partner solutions and the 10 most popular toolkits from 2020 – check out the ones you may have missed! Jump to Toolkits PARTNER...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Dec 22, 2020
The Better Buildings Workforce Accelerator (BBWA) includes nearly 40 organizations across a diverse array of sectors that have committed to enhancing the energy efficiency workforce through three key areas: building interest, streamlining pathways, and improving skills. Partners provided updates...
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 Dec 03, 2020
The 10 most-viewed resources from the past month include a new webinar on resilience planning for multifamily housing, a new toolkit on high-efficiency rooftop units (RTUs), and solutions from Better Buildings partners InterContinental Hotels Group and New York City Housing Authority. Check them...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Nov 13, 2020
The Green Lease Leaders application for 2021 recognition is officially open! Get recognized for your smart leasing efforts and showcase your commitment to sustainability. Owners and tenants are both invited to apply. You can use the Lease Audit Tool to determine if your organization meets the...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Nov 05, 2020
The 10 most-viewed resources from the past month include new toolkits on wastewater energy management and the recently completed Smart Energy Analytics Campaign, plus solutions from Better Buildings partners Iron Mountain Data Centers, InterContinental Hotels Group, and New York City Housing...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Nov 03, 2020
A multi-year effort to collect energy efficiency data on homes in Portland, Oregon, has produced more than 20,000 Home Energy Scores, paving the way for energy upgrades that will reduce the city’s carbon emissions and improve the health and comfort of Portland homes. Portland has committed to...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Oct 28, 2020
Over the last four years, DOE’s Smart Energy Analytics Campaign has gathered the most comprehensive dataset available on Energy Management Information Systems (EMIS) costs and benefits, working with more than 100 industry partners. In October 2020, the Campaign released its final report on the...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Oct 09, 2020
Resilience – or disaster preparedness – has direct ties to energy efficiency and is an important part of any organization’s portfolio. Three Better Buildings Challenge multifamily partners are leading the way to assess risk and prepare their housing portfolios for extreme weather events. Jonathan...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Oct 05, 2020
As a Better Buildings Challenge partner, Pace University has committed to 20% energy reduction campus-wide by 2023. When COVID-19 hit New York City in March and April, the university acted swiftly by closing the campus and sending nearly all students, faculty, and staff to attend classes and work...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Oct 02, 2020
As buildings become more efficient and technologically advanced, the next generation of the workforce needs to be prepared to develop, integrate, install, and diffuse energy-efficient technologies. Through DOE’s Better Buildings Workforce Accelerator (BBWA), partners are working to ensure training...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Oct 01, 2020
The 10 most-viewed resources from the past month include new solutions from Better Buildings partners Kaiser Permanente and Iron Mountain Data Centers, plus helpful resources on renewables, plug and process loads, CHP, and more. Check them out! 1. InterContinental Hotels Group: Green Engage™...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Sep 23, 2020
While many Better Buildings partners continue to face complex challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic, commercial real estate partner Highwoods Properties is using this time to continue pursuing energy efficiency improvements. In particular, the company is utilizing submeter technology to analyze...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Sep 02, 2020
The 10 most-viewed resources from the past month include a new showcase project from Better Plants partner Ford Motor Company, as well as toolkits on financing, high-efficiency RTU replacements, resiliency, and more. Check them out! 1. Green Revolving Funds Toolkit This collection of solutions...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Sep 01, 2020
The current pandemic is challenging the US healthcare system in unprecedented ways. Facilities have been reimagined, renovated, strained, and underutilized simultaneously – ICUs and other critical care areas have seen an increase in occupancy while offices in medical office buildings sit empty....
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Aug 27, 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. A new study by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) has demonstrated the importance of sharing...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Aug 25, 2020
2020 has been the year of “the pivot” – of looking critically at every part of operations and thinking creatively about new approaches to doing business. Changes that businesses would never have dreamed of a few months ago have become commonplace. News of British shirt factories now producing...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Aug 24, 2020
Plug and Process Loads (PPLs) are building electrical loads used by plug-in equipment and appliances as well as processes for cooking, computing, and internal transportation. PPLs consume more than 45% of commercial building energy use, and this number is expected to increase to more than 50% by...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Aug 20, 2020
With vacant office spaces as many tenants are working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic, the commercial real estate sector is presented with unique challenges and an opportunity to conduct preventative maintenance and other energy efficiency projects normally too disruptive to complete during...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Aug 19, 2020
If all laboratory buildings in the U.S. improved their energy efficiency by 20%, annual energy and cost savings could reach approximately 40 trillion BTUs and $1 billion. To address this significant opportunity, DOE’s Better Buildings launched the Smart Labs Accelerator to target energy efficiency...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Aug 18, 2020
DOE wrapped up the 8-part 2020 Better Buildings Summer Webinar Series with “Succeed with Submetering: How to Make the Business Case,” featuring a panel of experts from the Maryland Department of General Services, Towson University, and Argonne National Laboratory. As Better Buildings partners...
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....

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