About the Better Buildings Challenge

bar chart showing Better Buildings Challenge cumulative energy savings from 2012 to 2020

In the U.S., it costs $200 billion a year to power the buildings where we work, shop, and go to school and another $200 billion for industrial energy use. On average 20-30% of this energy is wasted. By reducing the waste of energy in buildings we can save energy and money, create good jobs, and avoid significant emissions of CO2. That’s why DOE challenged leading CEOs and executives of U.S. companies, manufacturers, universities, school districts, multifamily organizations, and state and local governments to take the Better Buildings Challenge. Hundreds of organizations have taken the Better Buildings Challenge to reduce energy use throughout their portfolios by at least 20% over 10 years. Partners not only agree to share their annual progress but also their solutions that provide replicable models for others to follow.

Today more than 345 organizations are partnering with DOE. Challenge partners have collectively reported 900 trillion Btus in energy savings to date, enough to power nearly 10.5 million homes in the U.S. for one year, which represents more than $7.2 billion in cost savings since 2012. Partners are sharing energy data for more than 40,000 properties across the country, saving on average more than 2% each year. Financial Allies have extended more than $28 billion in energy efficiency financing. These organizations come from 9 key market sectors: commercial, data centers, financial services, higher education, industrial, K-12 schools, local government, multifamily housing, and state government.

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Explore Sectors

Learn more about the work Better Buildings Challenge partners are doing in each sector. 

Commercial Real Estate Data Centers Financial Services

Higher Education Industrial K-12 Schools

Local Government Multifamily State Government

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