About the Better Buildings Challenge

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. Today 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 360 organizations are partnering with DOE. They represent more than 4.4 billion square feet, more than 1,000 industrial facilities, and $19 billion in financing investments. Partners have shared energy data for more than 40,000 properties across the country, saving on average more than 2% each year and $3.8 billion since the Challenge began. 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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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

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