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.
Watch this webinar to prepare for the hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) phasedown and learn how this regulation will affect refrigeration and space conditioning practices in commercial buildings.
As Whole Foods Market expands their retail footprint, they are committed to growing responsibly by making their stores, facilities, and operations even more energy efficient. Part of this strategy includes investing in alternative refrigerants with lower global warming potentials and installing more energy efficient HVAC systems. In pursuit of this responsible growth, Whole Foods Market undertook several projects in its brick-and-mortar locations to reduce refrigeration-related emissions of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs).
Using case studies from commercial partners Starbucks and Kohl's - as well as former Better Buildings Alliance member Walmart - this document offers guidance into sourcing energy through community solar.
Sheetz is taking steps to reduce the company’s environmental impact by adding utility efficient technologies to new store design and retrofitting existing stores accordingly.
The 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.
This collection of resources can support commercial kitchen operators in the shift to lower-carbon options for equipment, operations, and maintenance practices.
The 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.
This collection of resources provides information on the applicability, technical considerations, and benefits of using natural refrigerants in place of traditional hydrofluorocarbon refrigerants.
Slipstream 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.
This 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 FY2024 will focus on the following priorities:
1) Identify and address barriers to resilience planning through the creation and dissemination of solutions that support climate risk assessment and promote resilience analysis.
2) Identify and address barriers to managing refrigeration-based GHG emissions.
3) Create and share solutions and guidance demonstrating actionable pathways to decarbonize through operational and behavioral changes, technology deployment, and demonstration.
Steering Committee Members (FY2024)
- Amy Kaspar, The Wendy's Company
- Darrel Carter, T-Mobile
- Eric McCrum, Sheetz, Inc.
- Iyunade Oduneye, adidas
- Elizabeth VanTreeck, Kohl's, Inc.
- Jenny Haan, Starbucks
- Erin Hiatt, Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA)
- Peter Isabell, Life Time, Inc.
- Katie Mendolera, Havertys