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.

2020 Better Buildings Progress Report

To date, the 950+ Better Buildings partners have saved nearly 1.8 quadrillion Btus, achieving more than $11 billion in energy and cost savings.

COVID-19 Resource Center

Dealing with COVID-19 presents an unprecedented scenario for building owners, plant managers, and employees. Better Buildings has collected resources from partners, affiliates, and other organizations that may prove useful.

2020 Summit Presentations are Live

Recordings, slides, and transcripts from the 2020 Better Buildings, Better Plants Summit sessions are now available online. Revisit your favorite sessions from our Virtual Leadership Symposium, or catch one you may have missed.

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, and internal water audits that have resulted in signifigant water consumption savings.
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Loews implemented energy projects at the Vanderbilt Hotel due to its significant savings potential and outdated facility equipment.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.
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.
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.
This toolkit provides energy resources and energy project case studies for building owners and developers to take advantage of commercial PACE for new construction.
In 2019, The Tower Companies (“Tower”) installed the largest rooftop solar PV system on a mid-century multifamily building in Montgomery County, Maryland. The 122-kW installation reduces almost 10% of the overall operating costs at Blair House.

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

The Tower Companies updated its standard lease agreements to include a green appendix that 100% of new and renewed tenants accepted, supporting efforts to reduce energy and water use across its commercial portfolio.
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 and has resulted in energy and cost savings year-over-year.

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.


As the energy sector is subject to more external risk due to natural and human events, more developers and building owners are discussing resilient building design. Learn about the technologies and strategies being pursued to address resilience. 


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.
By being a barrier between the interior and the exterior environments, walls need to have features that minimize the energy losses while maintaining durability. This Envelope Technology Research Team webinar focused on wall technologies.
On this webinar, we highlighted the efficiency-as-a-service toolkit and Better Buildings Financial Allies shared insights from the field.

FY2020 Sector Priorities

Meet the Sector Committee Chair