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by Better Buildings Beat Team on Dec 10, 2018
Hospitals and other healthcare facilities account for 7% of the total water use in commercial and institutional facilities in the United States. The historically low cost of water and concerns about waterborne diseases, especially legionella, have kept many healthcare systems from prioritizing...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Dec 10, 2018
The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), a Better Buildings Challenge partner, was announced as a winner of the 3rd-annual Zero Net Energy (ZNE) School Leadership Award at the Green California Schools and Community Colleges Summit. The award was presented by the New Buildings Institute in...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Dec 04, 2018
This installment of the Local Government Leading blog series highlights the City of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In addition to being a Better Buildings Challenge partner, Pittsburgh was recently selected as a winner of Bloomberg Philanthropies’ American Cities Climate Challenge. Bloomberg...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Dec 03, 2018
The 10 most-viewed resources from the past month include partner solutions from Bullitt County Public Schools, Stevens Institute of Technology, and Trinity Management as well as strategies for green revolving funds, water efficiency, outdoor lighting, commercial solar PV, and more. Check them out...
by Nathaniel Allen, DOE Fellow on Nov 30, 2018
The 2018 Greenbuild International Conference & Expo convened Better Buildings partners across all sectors to learn about the latest trends in sustainability and the built environment. This year’s theme, “Human X Nature,” set the stage for a host of health-related sessions, many of which...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Nov 30, 2018
This installment of the Local Government Leading blog series highlights the City of San Diego, California. In addition to being a Better Buildings Challenge (BBC) Partner, San Diego was recently selected as a winner of Bloomberg Philanthropies’ American Cities Climate Challenge. Bloomberg...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Nov 28, 2018
This installment of the Local Government Leading blog series highlights the City of Boston, Massachusetts. In addition to being a Better Buildings Challenge partner, Boston was recently selected as a winner of Bloomberg Philanthropies’ American Cities Climate Challenge. Bloomberg Philanthropies...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Nov 19, 2018
For years, manufacturing plant personnel and experts have relied on several Department of Energy (DOE) software tools to increase industrial energy efficiency –both at the plant-level and for specific energy-consuming systems. Now, these tools have been combined into the new Manufacturing Energy...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Nov 16, 2018
This installment of the Local Government Leading blog series highlights the City of Los Angeles, California. In addition to being a Better Buildings Challenge Partner, Los Angeles was recently selected as a winner of Bloomberg Philanthropies’ American Cities Climate Challenge. Bloomberg...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Nov 15, 2018
On November 13, 2018 representatives from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) traveled to Shepherdsville, Kentucky to recognize Better Buildings Challenge partner Bullitt County Public Schools for its energy productivity advances. Director of DOE's Better Buildings Challenge Maria Vargas visited...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Nov 09, 2018
This installment of the Local Government Leading blog series highlights the City of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In addition to being a Better Buildings Challenge partner, Philadelphia was recently selected as a winner of Bloomberg Philanthropies’ American Cities Climate Challenge.  Bloomberg...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Nov 08, 2018
When your organization wants to save energy, the first place to start is usually a plan. But a good plan only works if the people in your organization are part of the plan. People are the most powerful resource for any organization wanting to meet ambitious energy efficiency goals. As you can...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Nov 08, 2018
This week, we highlight the District of Columbia who was selected as one of the winners of Bloomberg Philanthropies’ American Cities Climate Challenge. The District’s ambitious and innovative energy and climate action plan was one of the reasons it was selected as a winner. The District of...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Nov 05, 2018
The use of commercial property assessed clean energy (CPACE) continues to grow across the country, with nearly $600 million in funds deployed through 2017. Better Buildings Financial Allies are helping to drive energy efficiency by offering innovative financing options, and several Allies have ...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Nov 01, 2018
Welcome to the first installment of the Local Government Leading Beat Blog series, where we spotlight Better Buildings local government partners recognized as winners of Bloomberg Philanthropies' American Cities Climate Challenge. We start our series with the City of Seattle, Washington. Bloomberg...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Nov 01, 2018
It’s no secret that Better Buildings partners are leading the way in energy efficiency, resiliency, and innovation. So, it’s no surprise that so far ten Better Buildings local government partners were recently named winners of the Bloomberg American Cities Climate Challenge! Better Buildings...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Oct 31, 2018
Our 10 most-viewed solutions from the past month deliver valuable insights into workforce development, energy efficiency financing, outdoor lighting, staff engagement, water benchmarking, and more. Check them out! 1. Energy Savings Performance Contracting (ESPC) Webinar Series  This 5-part webinar...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Oct 11, 2018
Better Buildings Challenge partner The University of Virginia (UVA) recently announced the formation of the UVA Sustainability Alumni Network. The network is designed to actively connect alumni to the school’s interdisciplinary sustainability networks and further enhance UVA’s leadership in...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Oct 04, 2018
The City of Atlanta continues to lead the way. Atlanta has committed more square feet to the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Better Buildings Challenge than any other local government and leads the largest Better Buildings Challenge program in the country. The Atlanta Better Buildings Challenge (ABBC...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Oct 02, 2018
This month’s Top 10 most-viewed solutions on the Better Buildings Solution Center include the Home Energy Score™, a webinar series on performance contracting, the new Better Buildings Financing Navigator 2.0, Ford’s Go Green Dealership Program and more! 1. Home Energy Score™  Home owners, buyers,...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Sep 27, 2018
The City of Chicago has been getting a lot of attention for its efforts to reduce energy use in buildings, and for good reason: its efforts are a valuable example of long-term strategic planning for other cities. When Chicago committed to the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Better Buildings Challenge...
by David Ruggiero, ICF on Sep 26, 2018
The New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) has hit the ground running in an effort to meet the goals set forth in its 2016 NextGeneration Sustainability Agenda – a set of sustainability commitments to improve resident health and comfort over the next 10 years. As a Better Buildings Challenge...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Sep 19, 2018
Better Buildings Challenge partner University of California, Irvine (UCI) is back in the number one spot in Sierra Magazine's 2018 "Cool Schools" ranking and secured the top spot in the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education's (AASHE) 2018 Sustainable Campus Index....
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Sep 11, 2018
As of August 2018, participants in the Interior Lighting Campaign (ILC) have installed or upgraded over 2.8 million high efficiency lighting and control systems, which should save over $68 million annually in energy bills and cut energy use by an average 54%. The ILC recognized 15 organizations...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Sep 05, 2018
This month’s Top 10 most frequently viewed solutions include the Better Buildings Financing Navigator 2.0, tips on how to become a Home Energy Score Certified Assessor™, solutions from the city of Boston and Bullitt County School District, a toolkit on energy data benchmarking, and more! 1. Better...
by Alison Berry, RE Tech Advisors on Sep 05, 2018
This blog is part 5 of our 5-part series exploring DOE’s ESPC Toolkit. The Accelerator was a 3-year partnership of states, local governments, and K-12 schools to expand access to energy savings performance contracting, or ESPC. ESPC is a financing mechanism that provides upfront capital for energy...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Aug 30, 2018
After being recognized for achieving its first Better Buildings goal of $75 million in financing for energy efficiency-as-a-service projects, Financial Ally Metrus Energy has set a new goal of $175 million that it hopes to achieve and exceed in the near future. Metrus Energy is a San Francisco-...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Aug 09, 2018
We’re less than two weeks away from DOE's 2018 Energy Exchange and Better Buildings Summit in Cleveland! The summit brings together some of the best minds and leadership who are working to further energy efficiency opportunities and technologies in the built environment. This year, the Summit is...
by Jen Singer, ICF on Aug 08, 2018
On August 3, a panel of Better Buildings Challenge K-12 school partners spoke to a room of over 40 attendees at the APPA: Leadership in Educational Facilities annual conference held in Washington, D.C. Presenting on the topic of how energy efficiency fits into the modernization of facilities, the...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Aug 07, 2018
Did you know 1-100 ENERGY STAR scores are based on average nationwide energy performance? The latest data is in, and U.S. buildings are becoming more energy efficient! Portfolio Manager will be updated on August 26, 2018. Portfolio Manager users will see changes in ENERGY STAR scores and source...
by Allison Nozza, RE Tech Advisors on Aug 02, 2018
UW Health is an integrated health system that serves more than 600,000 patients each year and includes seven hospitals and 80 outpatient sites. In 2016, UW Health committed to the Better Buildings Challenge setting the goal of a 20% energy use intensity (EUI) reduction from a 2013 baseline by 2023...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Aug 01, 2018
July's top 10 most-viewed solutions highlight the newly-released Better Buildings Financing Navigator 2.0, updated information on the Nation’s submetering laws, and the latest on CPACE. Solutions shared by Better Buildings Challenge partners ArcelorMittal, Los Angeles, Boston, and Bullitt County...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Aug 01, 2018
One of the most popular features of the Better Buildings Summit is coming to Cleveland, Ohio August 21-23, and our friends at Energy Exchange are getting in on the action! We're bringing our team of technical experts from the national laboratories and DOE to the Ask-an-Expert Lounge, where they...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Jul 25, 2018
The Department of Energy’s 2018 Energy Exchange and Better Buildings Summit is just weeks away in Cleveland, Ohio. This year, Better Buildings is anticipating more than 3,000 attendees from both the public and private sectors. Attendees can expect sessions tailored to their unique sectors,...
by Allison Nozza, RE Tech Advisors on Jul 25, 2018
Leaders in healthcare sustainability convened at the 2018 CleanMed conference in San Diego, California to “accelerate the sector’s commitment to environmental sustainability and regenerative health to improve the health of people and the environment.”[1] This year, Better Buildings Challenge...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Jul 23, 2018
Want to know more about the 2018 Energy Exchange and Better Buildings Summit? This infographic shows you who’s coming and what to expect from this one-of-a-kind event from the Department of Energy. Register today so you can be part of the experience!  See you in Cleveland!
by BBC Multifamily Team on Jul 19, 2018
Better Buildings Challenge Multifamily partner Codman Square Neighborhood Development Corporation has received an $800,000 grant from the Boston Medical Center (BMC) to rehabilitate 59 housing units to be both healthier and more energy-efficient. Codman’s rehabilitation is one of nine properties...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Jul 10, 2018
Plug and Process Loads (PPLs) are relatively easy to manage with the right equipment, as DOE’s Better Buildings Alliance Plug and Process Load (PPL) Technical Research Team can tell you. Obtaining that equipment can be even easier, thanks to utility incentives and rebates! The PPL Tech Team has...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Jul 01, 2018
The Top 10 Solutions feature our 10 most-viewed solutions from the past 30 days. This month we’re highlighting a guitar manufacturer, the City of Los Angeles, parking lot lighting solutions, and more! The latest Top 10 contains some great insights on tools and best practices for energy efficiency...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Jun 29, 2018
This year at the BOMA International Conference & Expo in San Antonio, TX, DOE’s Better Buildings Alliance and the Institute for Market Transformation (IMT) announced the 2018 Green Lease Leaders. Green Lease Leaders is a joint effort by DOE and IMT to recognize companies and real estate...
by Jen Singer, ICF on Jun 29, 2018
This blog is part 4 of our 5-part series exploring DOE’s ESPC Toolkit. The ESPC Accelerator was a 3-year partnership of states, local governments, and K-12 schools to expand access to energy savings performance contracting, or ESPC. ESPC is a financing mechanism that provides upfront capital for...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Jun 29, 2018
On June 21, 2018 Shorenstein Properties released its 2018 Sustainability Report that highlights the company’s aggressive new environmental performance goals. By 2025 Shorenstein is seeking to cut both energy use and greenhouse gas emissions by 40%, while increasing recycling by 20%. Shorenstein is...
by Holt Mountcastle, RE Tech Advisors on Jun 28, 2018
The Better Buildings Financing Navigator is an online tool developed by the Department of Energy (DOE) that helps public and private sector organizations find financing solutions for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. The tool helps users understand the array of financing solutions...
by Better Plants Team on Jun 26, 2018
The Volvo Group is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of trucks, buses, construction equipment and marine and industrial engines. In the U.S. its subsidiary, Volvo Group North America, which includes Mack Trucks, has committed itself to improving competitiveness through energy efficiency....
by Leslie Zarker, ICF on Jun 21, 2018
On June 16 Better Buildings Challenge Multifamily partner Mercy Housing was honored with the National Apartment Association’s (NAA’s) Return on Energy (ROE) Energy Retrofit Award. The award recognizes smart, innovative solutions that successfully reduce energy in a quantifiable way by showing...
by Sormeh Konjkav (Waypoint Energy), Marta Schantz (Waypoint Energy), Michael Deru (NREL) on Jun 19, 2018
Since 2013, the Advanced Rooftop Unit (RTU) Campaign has been developing and gathering a large array of resources to support and promote commercial building RTU efficiency - see for yourself on the Campaign’s Case Studies and Guidance page. This is great…but what if you’re an HVAC contractor and...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Jun 12, 2018
Cleveland, Ohio has a lot to offer year-round, from the Museum of Art and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, to the Christmas Story House, made famous in the 1983 holiday classic film. But we’d suggest visiting The Forest City August 21-23 for one of the premier events for energy and sustainability...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Jun 06, 2018
The Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) Climate Corps is hosting a free, summer-long webinar series focused on Energy, Efficiency, and Expertise. Called the 3E Webinar Series, each installment will feature thought leaders in the energy management sector and is designed to help participants stay on...
by Alison Berry, RE Tech Advisors on Jun 05, 2018
This blog is part 3 of our 5-part series exploring DOE’s ESPC Toolkit. The ESPC Accelerator was a 3-year partnership of states, local governments, and K-12 schools to expand access to energy savings performance contracting, or ESPC. ESPC is a financing mechanism that provides upfront capital for...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Jun 04, 2018
Here are Top 10 most-viewed solutions from the past 30 days. This eclectic group of resources highlights innovative partner solutions from manufacturers, local governments, and Financial Allies as well as useful tools for ESPC, CPACE financing, and RTU retrofits. Check them out! 1. Energy Savings...

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