A cornerstone of Better Buildings is the Better Buildings Challenge, a leadership initiative calling on CEOs, university presidents, building owners, state and local government leaders, and residential housing developers to publicly pledge to reduce the energy use of their entire building portfolios. More than 310 leaders from diverse sectors have stepped up to the Challenge, representing over 4.2 billion square feet, 1,000 manufacturing plants, and $5.5 billion in financing investments.
Across the country, partners have shared energy data for more than 34,000 properties and are reporting savings of 20% or more at 5,500 properties, and 10% or more at 12,600 properties. This means partners are on track to meet energy savings goals, saving on average 2% each year or $1.3 billion since the program launched. As partners continue to meet their goals to save energy, they have also contributed more than 150 showcase projects, 100 unique implementation models and hundreds of case studies and technical guidance.These solutions are now available online to help other organizations implement their own energy efficiency projects.