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. Collectively, Better Buildings Alliance sector members account for almost 3 billion square feet of building space, or 19% of retail floor space nationwide. 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.
More than 350 leading public and private sector organizations in the Better Buildings Challenge are saving 380 trillion Btus and an estimated $3.1 billion in cumulative energy and cost savings.
Get to know the partners in your sector! Better Buildings Alliance partners cover 11 billion square feet of U.S. real estate and are working together to uncover the latest technological innovations.
Slide decks from the 2018 Better Buildings Summit sessions are now available to download and share.
Financial Literacy for Retail Curriculum Online Library/ResourceBBA Affiliate RILA is offering free training modules focused on Financial Literacy for Retail. There are 2 courses: Finance 101 and Finance 201. Developed with support from Better Buildings and DOE, these e-learnings will help those in the retail sector who want to know more about financing and value as they relate to sustainability.
Home Depot Renewable and Alternative Energy Market Options Enable Expanding Commitments (RILA Retail Energy Management Program) Implementation ModelHome Depot has taken advantage of the most appropriate market options to implement a variety of onsite and offsite renewable energy projects to help achieve its targets: 135 MW of energy through renewable and alternative sources by 2020.
Shari's of Lynnwood Showcase ProjectThrough a mix of equipment replacement, process changes, and employee education and engagement, Shari’s Café & Pies was able to realize significant reductions to both its energy and water consumption at this restaurant, making it a model for many of the other, older restaurants that comprise the bulk of Shari’s overall portfolio.
Green Lease Library GeneralThe Green Lease Library is a centralized site for commercial green leasing resources. The Green Lease Leaders recognition program was created with support from the U.S. Department of Energy and other Green Lease Library and contributing organizations. For more information on the program, visit www.greenleaseleaders.com.
The Wendy's Company - Restaurant Support Center Showcase ProjectEnergy efficiency improvements implemented at the Restaurant Support Center - the headquarters for The Wendy's Company - have led to an energy savings of 28 percent from the baseline year of 2013.
H&M Closing Doors to Open Savings (RILA Retail Energy Management Program) Implementation ModelH&M determined that closing exterior doors resulted in approximately $10,000 in energy cost savings a year on average per store with no discernible impact on foot traffic, leading to the establishment of a company closed-door policy.
Resources for commercial buildings:
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.
Commercial Buildings Resource Database
The database provides resources developed by the Building Technologies Office and its partners. Building owners and operators can use this centralized collection of materials produced from DOE's commercial buildings research to design, build, and upgrade their facilities.
ENERGY STAR for Commercial Buildings
Targeted ENERGY STAR materials and resources for commercial buildings stakeholders, including retail and grocery building owners and managers.
ENERGY STAR Management Guidelines
Tools, resources, and strategic energy management guidance for measuring and reducing energy consumption.
ISO 50001 Energy Management Standard
A proven approach for U.S. industrial and commercial facilities to continually improve energy performance. This powerful new standard from the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) provides an internationally recognized framework for organizations to voluntarily implement an energy management system.
Resources for Food Service:
ENERGY STAR Commercial Kitchen Package
ENERGY STAR qualified products, guidebooks, and factsheets that help restaurant owners improve the performance of their facilities and equipment while reducing energy costs.
ENERGY STAR for Restaurants
EPA’s ENERGY STAR program website for restaurants, which provides building energy management and measurement resources and tools.
PG&E Food Service Technology Center (FSTC)
A leader in commercial kitchen energy efficiency and appliance performance testing, the FSTC provides expertise in commercial kitchen ventilation, water heating and building energy efficiency, including lighting, glazing and HVAC.
Consortium for Energy Efficiency's (CEE) Commercial Kitchens Initiative
Search thousands of evaluation studies, market characterizations, and relevant efficiency documents.
National Restaurant Association’s Conserve Sustainability Education Program
Designed by the restaurant industry for the restaurant industry, an introduction to sustainability and a roadmap to help operators with easily digestible information.
Resources for Retail:
Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) Sustainability Initiative
Resources for retail organizations identified by RILA’s Energy & Greenhouse Gas Emissions Committee.
The Better Buildings Alliance Retail, Food Service and Grocery Steering Committee helps to set priorities for Alliance work in the sector each year. Sector activities for FY2019 focus on the following priorities:
1) Workforce Training & Development
2) Resilience & Disaster Preparedness Planning
3) EMIS Data Analytics
Steering Committee Members (2018-2020)
- Bob Valair, Staples
- Bruce Condit, PRSM
- Erin Hiatt, RILA
- Graziella Siciliano, Environmental Defense Fund
- Jim McClendon (chair), Walmart
- Kirk Beaudoin, adidas
- Mike Ellinger, Whole Foods
- Patrick Leonard, Starbucks
- Peter Isabell, Life Time Fitness
- Sheila Ongie, National Co-op Grocers