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.

The Better Buildings Webinar Series

Dedicated to bringing you the latest actionable insights on today's energy efficiency landscape, the webinar series is a chance to explore the topics and trends that affect your organization with industry experts and your peers.

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

This toolkit provides energy resources and energy project case studies for building owners and developers to take advantage of commercial PACE for new construction.
This toolkit includes a selection of resources to support commercial building operations staff in making the business case to upper management for energy efficiency projects.
H&M improved their store energy efficiency by collaborating with landlords and utilities to apply incentive dollars to retrofit HVAC rooftop units, saving approximately $2,500 per store annually.
DWS created a centralized Climate Risk and Resiliency Checklist to identify strategies and improvements when an extreme weather event occurs.
Kaiser Permanente’s Richmond Medical Center was the first hospital in California to implement a microgrid that connects renewable energy and battery storage to a pre-existing, diesel-fueled backup power system in a hospital — as a result, the center stands to save an additional 2.63 MWh of energy per year, resulting in annual savings of $394,000.
Loews Vanderbilt Hotel Showcase Project
Loews implemented energy projects at the Vanderbilt Hotel due to its significant savings potential and outdated facility equipment saving over $325,00 annually. The implemented energy conservation measures resulted in 22% energy savings through upgrades to the cooling system, domestic water system, elevator motors, and lighting.
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.
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


This document contains a variety of resources intended to help commercial partners gain better access to energy data through the use of submetering.

Showcase Projects

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%.
Highwoods Properties upgraded chillers, lighting, building systems, and an outdoor ice rink, finding 29% energy savings, 24% water savings, and $950,000 in energy cost savings.

Solution at a Glance

In a single summer, UW Health saved $9,000 on utilities and earned $22,000 in incentives by participating in a utility-led program that offered incentives for reducing peak energy usage coupled with free energy dashboards providing real-time energy usage data.


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.

Sector Priorities

Meet the Sector Committee Chair