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 U.S. (CBECS 2012). 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.
Sheetz: Green Building Technologies at Herndon, VA Store Solutions at a GlanceSheetz is taking steps to reduce the company’s environmental impact by adding utility efficient technologies to new store design and retrofitting existing stores accordingly.
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.
Slipstream’s "Maximize Your Facility" Videos: HVAC Preventative Maintenance Solutions at a GlanceSlipstream developed the “Maximize Your Facility” video series as a free, quick resource to help building operators learn proactive solutions to common commercial building problems, preventative maintenance strategies, and tips to save energy and improve equipment life.
Preventative Maintenance for Commercial HVAC Equipment Technology Info SuiteThis collection of resources can help building operators properly maintain HVAC systems to improve performance, save energy, and prolong the life of commercial HVAC equipment.
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 FY2023 will focus on the following priorities:
1) Develop and disseminate solutions that showcase pathways for unique and creative applications for renewable energy within RFSG portfolios.
2) Create and share solutions and tools to support partners to comprehensively manage energy, emissions, and other sustainability data.
3) Identify and address barriers to managing GHG emissions from refrigeration through support in showcasing data tracking and reporting, leak detection, and natural refrigerant use best practices and real-world successes.
Steering Committee Members (FY2023)
- Amy Kaspar, The Wendy's Company
- Darrel Carter, T-Mobile
- Eric McCrum, Sheetz, Inc.
- Iyunade Oduneye, adidas
- Jordan Ivans, Kohl's, Inc.
- Kaela Martins, Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA)
- Peter Isabell, Life Time, Inc.
- Rawson Haverty, Jr., Havertys