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.

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Through the Better Buildings Challenge, more than 360 public and private sector organizations across the country are working together to share and replicate positive gains in energy efficiency. 

2019 Better Buildings Progress Report

To date, Better Buildings partners have saved nearly 1.4 quadrillion Btus, achieving more than $8 billion in energy and cost savings.

2019 Summit Presentations

Slide decks from the 2019 Better Buildings, Better Plants Summit sessions are available to download and share. This is a filtered list of Commercial sector-specific presentations. 

Featured Solutions

Tower has taken its water management program 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Loews implemented energy projects at the Vanderbilt Hotel due to its significant savings potential and outdated facility equipment.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.
Anthem implemented a landscaping redesign plan to reduce water demand and create a more resilient environment at the 21555 Oxnard Street campus in Woodland Hills, CA, which reduced its water demand by 46 percent annually.
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.
Home Depot has taken advantage of the most appropriate market options to implement a variety of onsite and offsite renewable energy projects to help achieve its targets: 135 MW of energy through renewable and alternative sources by 2020.

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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%.
Shari's of Lynnwood Showcase Project
Through a mix of equipment replacement, process changes, and employee education and engagement, Shari’s Café & Pies was able to realize significant reductions to both its energy and water consumption at this restaurant, making it a model for many of the other, older restaurants that comprise the bulk of Shari’s overall portfolio.


The U.S. Department of Energy issued the Low-Cost Wireless Metering Challenge encouraging manufacturers to produce a cost-effective, accurate, wireless system capable of measuring various electric loads within a building and wirelessly communicating the data. This webinar gave Better Buildings partners an opportunity to learn more about the challenge, its specifications, and the outcome.


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