Retail, Food Service, & Grocery
Retail, Food Service, & Grocery
The Retail, Food Service, and Grocery sectors spend over $41 billion on energy costs a year and represent 14 billion square feet of floorspace in the United States. Better Buildings sector partners represent 2 billion square feet of that floorspace and have saved nearly $3 billion since 2011. Through their engagement with the program, these organizations share tips and strategies for overcoming energy efficiency barriers and meeting their organization’s energy use reduction goals.
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To date, the 900+ Better Buildings partners have saved more than 2.5 quadrillion Btus, saving more than $15 billion and 155 million tons of CO2.
Life Time: Chanhassen, MN Athletic Club Showcase ProjectThe Life Time Chanhassen, MN Athletic Club reduced energy use intensity by 35% and water use intensity by nearly 60% by implementing a range of energy and water efficiency improvements from 2011 to 2021.
Decarbonizing the Commercial Kitchen Technology Info SuiteThis collection of resources can support commercial kitchen operators in the shift to lower-carbon options for equipment, operations, and maintenance practices.
Renewable Energy Primers for Retailers Technology Info SuiteThe Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) developed a series of renewable energy primers that provide an overview of the various pathways retailers can use to integrate renewable energy into their portfolios.
Supporting the Use of Natural Refrigerants Technology Info SuiteThis collection of resources provides information on the applicability, technical considerations, and benefits of using natural refrigerants in place of traditional hydrofluorocarbon refrigerants.
Advanced Energy Design Guides
Created by ASHRAE and its partners, the Advanced Energy Design Guides for 50% Savings offer designers and contractors the tools needed for achieving a 50% energy savings compared to buildings that meet the minimum requirements of Standard 90.1-2004. View guides for big box retail, small box retail, and grocery buildings.
Advanced Energy Retrofit Guides
The Advanced Energy Retrofit Guides (AERGs) were created to help decision makers plan, design, and implement energy improvement projects in their facilities. Guides are available for office buildings, retail buildings, and grocery buildings.
Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) - Retail Sustainability
Resources focusing on environmental sustainability issues primarily related to retail facilities and operations.
ENERGY STAR for Restaurants
EPA’s ENERGY STAR® program website for restaurants, which provides building energy management and measurement resources and tools.
Food Service Technology Center (FSTC)
The Food Service Technology Center provides energy efficiency technical advice and training to the commercial food service industry.
Consortium for Energy Efficiency's (CEE) Commercial Kitchens Initiative
Search thousands of evaluation studies, market characterizations, and relevant efficiency documents.
The Better Buildings Alliance's Retail, Food Service & Grocery Steering Committee helps to set priorities for the sector each year. Sector activities for FY2022 will focus on the following priorities:
1) Promoting the Better Climate Challenge to the RFSG sector
2) Decarbonization of kitchen and grocery equipment through refrigeration and equipment upgrades
3) Applying Energy Management Information Systems (EMIS) portfolio-wide for better data and analytics
4) Improving access to information about cost-effective distributed energy resources (DERs), including on-site solar and power purchase agreements
5) Improving preventative maintenance for HVACR equipment
Steering Committee Members (FY2022)
- Amy Kaspar, The Wendy's Company
- Darrel Carter, T-Mobile
- Eric McCrum, Sheetz, Inc.
- Jordan Ivans, Kohl's, Inc.
- Kaela Martins, Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA)
- Katie Breene, Starbucks Coffee Company
- Kirk Beaudoin, adidas
- Peter Isabell, Life Time, Inc.
- Rawson Haverty, Jr., Havertys