Better Buildings Partnerships


There are many different ways to participate in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Initiative. View the list of partnership options below; explore each one to find the best fit for your company or organization. Contact us if you have questions.

Challenge | Plants | Alliance | Accelerators | ISO 50001 | Home Energy Score | Residential Network | Communities | Workforce 


Better Buildings Challenge

Leadership challenge to CEOs, university presidents, state and local government leaders, manufacturers, multifamily housing, and building owners to commit their organizations to 20% energy savings in 10 years and to lead the market by sharing their solutions; has amassed over 360 partners that cover more than 4.4 billion sq. ft. Learn more.

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Better Plants Program

Better Plants partners with leading manufacturers and water utilities to improve energy efficiency and competitiveness in the industrial sector. Through Better Plants, partners voluntarily set a specific goal, typically to reduce energy intensity by 25% over a 10-year period across all U.S. operations. Learn more.

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Better Buildings Alliance

Over 230 organizations have joined this program to promote energy efficiency in commercial buildings through collaboration with building owners, operators, and managers. Alliance members partner with DOE technical experts to identify gaps and work needed to accelerate the adoption of greater energy efficiency. Learn more.

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Better Buildings Accelerators

Better Buildings Accelerators are designed to demonstrate specific innovative policies and approaches that will accelerate investment in energy efficiency upon successful demonstration. Each Accelerator is a targeted, short-term, partner-focused activity designed to address persistent barriers that stand in the way of efficiency. Learn more.

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ISO 50001

50001 Ready's award-winning program enables organizations to implement an energy management system (EnMS) that aligns to the international ISO 50001:2018 energy management standard. The program helps identify energy and capital savings and establish data-driven processes to ensure scalable savings that persist. Learn more.

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Home Energy Score™

A tool to help homeowners and homebuyers understand how much energy a home is expected to use and provides suggestions for improving its energy efficiency. The Home Energy Score is based on a standard assessment of energy-related assets to easily compare energy use across the housing market. Learn more.

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Residential Network

350+ member organizations focused on accelerating the pace of energy upgrades in existing homes by sharing best practices and learning from one another. The Better Buildings Residential Network connects energy efficiency programs and partners to increase the number of energy-efficient homes. Learn more.

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Better Communities Alliance

A partnership that brings together public and private sector leaders to deliver energy efficiency, sustainable transportation, and renewable energy solutions that create cleaner communities. The BCA provides local governments with integrated expertise, resources, and peer-networking opportunities from across sectors. Learn more.

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Better Buildings Workforce

Partnering with the National Institute of Building Sciences and industry stakeholders, Better Buildings created guidelines to improve the quality of commercial building workforce credentials for energy-related jobs like Building Energy Auditors, Building Commissioning Professionals, and Energy Managers. Learn more.

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