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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.

Learn more about joining the Better Buildings Challenge.

Meet Challenge Partners

Browse the list of leading organizations who have stepped up to the Better Buildings Challenge. Sort by sector, location, or A-Z.

Join the Challenge

Are you a building owner, operator, or manager interested in joining the Better Buildings Challenge?


Who can join and what is the commitment? Review more Frequently Asked Questions about the Better Buildings Challenge and the different ways partners can be involved.

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

Additional Information

Learn more about the latest partner accomplishments : Better Buildings Progress Reports
Download this helpful 2-page summary: Better Buildings Challenge Overview
View data submitted by Better Buildings Challenge partners: Energy & Water Data Displays
Meet the partners who are leading the way in energy efficiency: Better Buildings Goal Achievers
Find Financing for Your Energy Efficiency Projects: Financing Navigator