With 4 million buildings accounting for 56 million square feet of floor space, the U.S. commercial sector—including retail, hospitality, commercial real estate, and healthcare industries—is large, diverse, and represents substantial energy savings potential. Businesses are driven to improve their buildings to capture savings and  improve their bottom lines, as well as meet the expectations of consumers and employees who increasingly demand better buildings in which to shop, work, and recreate.

Better Buildings SWAP

Watch the cities of Atlanta and Boston as they swap energy teams to improve the energy efficiency of the busiest airport in the world and one of the nation's oldest libraries.

2017 Progress Report

More than 345 leading public and private sector organizations in the Better Buildings Challenge are saving 240 trillion Btus and an estimated $1.9 billion in cumulative energy and cost savings.

2017 Summit Presentations

Over 100 presentations from the 2017 Better Buildings Summit sessions are now available to download and share.

Featured Solutions

A new real-time water monitoring system enables Tower to take water management to the next level with daily reporting, 15-minute interval data, real-time alerts, advanced data analytics, setpoint modifications, internal water audits, and more.
Cleveland Clinic's Twinsburg Family Health and Surgery Center implemented several low-cost and no-cost energy conservation measures to ensure the building met LEED Gold certification expected performance.
Loews Vanderbilt Hotel Showcase Project
Loews implemented energy projects at the Vanderbilt Hotel due to its significant savings potential and outdated facility equipment. The implemented energy conservation measures resulted in 22 percent savings.
Best Buy’s sustainability team identified plug loads as a significant source of energy consumption for the company. To help reduce plug load energy consumption, the company participated in the Environmental Defense Fund Climate Corps program in the summer 2016.
This session discussed the connection between sustainability and tenant renewals, increasing occupancy, or yielding higher rental rates and lower concessions and other key metrics. 
In this session, healthcare and hospitality partners shared cross-applicable solutions, including ways to engage employees and exciting technologies to keep guests or patients warm, cool, and well-lit.
This session explored the benefits of deep energy efficiency as the lowest-cost measure for reducing energy use and emissions, as well as innovative ways to secure offsets by sponsoring campus community energy efficiency.
At this “reverse-pitch” session, retail, food service, and grocery partners shared challenges to energy efficiency in the field and associated tech wishlists with product development representatives from tech firms in HVAC, lighting, EMIS and more.

Other Resources


The intent of this RFP is to identify the products which meet all the minimum requirements, and compare additional features, warranty, and pricing in order to determine a new standard.

Implementation Models

This implementation model describes how The Tower Companies bolstered its standard lease agreement by including a green appendix with a 100% acceptance rate.
Gallery Walks Implementation Model
New York-Presbyterian Hospital launched a retro-commissioning program that blends energy management with improving the quality of patient care for a holistic approach that engages all hospital staff.

Showcase Projects

Supreme Sports Club Showcase Project
Supreme Sports Club is a 100,000-square-foot, 24-hour fitness facility in Columbia, Maryland, and is Columbia Association’s most energy intensive facility. Building renovations, lighting retrofits, and mechanical upgrades have been implemented to reduce overall energy consumption while improving member experience.
This Wyndham property was selected to undergo a full scale renovation including installation of a 756 KW solar photovoltaic system, which resulted in annual energy savings of 27%.
Project Luke Showcase Project
The new Augusta plant will be Starbucks’ fifth manufacturing facility in the United States. Starbucks is installing high efficiency technologies throughout the plant.


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