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by Better Buildings Beat Team on May 16, 2019
Today we announced the progress made by our more than 900 public- and private-sector organizations leading the U.S. in energy efficiency through their participation in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy's Better Buildings Initiative. Together, Better Buildings partners have saved...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on May 15, 2019
We’re only two months away from the 2019 Better Buildings, Better Plants Summit, and we’re looking forward to explore emerging technologies and sharing innovative strategies in energy and water efficiency. Favorites like Ask-an-Expert and Building Tours are back, plus we’ve added more...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on May 07, 2019
On May 6, 2019, DOE traveled to Kingsport, Tennessee to recognize Better Buildings, Better Plants partner Eastman Chemical for its energy efficiency leadership. Eastman Chemical manufactures hundreds of chemicals, synthetic fibers, and plastics. To help improve energy efficiency performance at its...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Apr 30, 2019
Partnering with your local utility can be a valuable step towards making your buildings more energy efficient. Utilities across the country offer assistance for energy efficiency, but programs vary and it can be challenging to know what is available and where to start. Through Better Buildings,...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Apr 17, 2019
Congratulations to our Better Buildings Partners and Affiliates recognized last week as 2019 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year Award winners! ASHE Best Buy BOMA International Bozzuto Management Company Bullitt County Public Schools CalPortland Company CBRE Celanese Corporation Columbia Association...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Apr 15, 2019
On April 15, DOE and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) representatives recognized Better Buildings Challenge partners Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation (TNDC) and Mercy Housing for energy efficiency leadership at TNDC’s Alexander Residence and Mercy Housing’s...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Mar 18, 2019
Through Better Buildings, DOE is working with market leaders to identify and demonstrate the multiple benefits of energy efficiency.  In their latest Better Buildings showcase project, The Tower Companies has created a prime example with The Pearl.   The Pearl, which received LEED Gold...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Mar 14, 2019
The Home Energy Score™ team is excited to recognize the winners of the Home Energy Score Century Club Award! The Century Club Award recognizes Home Energy Score Certified Assessors™ who have delivered 100 or more Home Energy Scores in a calendar year and are in good standing with their program...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Feb 07, 2019
The wait is over! Registration for the 2019 Better Buildings, Better Plants Summit is now open. Join industry experts and peers across commercial, industrial, and public sectors at this year’s Summit, July 10-11, 2019 in the Washington, D.C. metro area (Arlington, VA).  The Summit is uniquely...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Dec 14, 2018
This installment of the Local Government Leading blog series highlights the City of Atlanta, Georgia. In addition to being a Better Buildings Challenge partner, Atlanta was recently selected as a winner of Bloomberg Philanthropies’ American Cities Climate Challenge. Atlanta was selected because of...
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. San Diego was...
by Cindy Zhu, DOE Fellow; Alison Berry, RE Tech Advisors on May 21, 2018
What do you get when you combine 40 attendees, 30 organizations, 4 federal agencies, and a sustainable caterer? The answer is the NAA/DOE Better Buildings Roundtable! The National Apartment Association (NAA) joined the Better Buildings Alliance as an affiliate partner in 2017, and almost...
by Bruce Lung, Better Plants Program on Jan 25, 2018
Prevost, a subsidiary of Volvo Group that is the leading North American manufacturer of premium passenger buses, conducted its first ever energy treasure hunt at their South Plainfield, NJ, facility on January 14-15, 2018. Staff from Prevost were motivated after having participated in a Better...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Jan 12, 2018
The Top 10 Solutions from 2017 feature our most-viewed solutions for the year, including a wide range of efficiency practices to help your buildings. If lighting retrofits, building management software, submetering regulations, and creating high-performance buildings are your organization’s New...
by Sachin Nimbalkar, Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) on Nov 03, 2017
U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) ISO 50001 experts, Bill Meffert, Randy Green, and Jason Clarke delivered a 50001 Ready In-Plant Training at AbbVie’s North Chicago, Illinois, facility on September 12 and 13. The training was also attended by Better Plants program representative Bruce Lung and ORNL’...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Jul 07, 2017
The Top 10 Solutions for June has a new summer look – this season several new partner projects and solutions have made it to the top that we are excited to share with you. If you thought May’s Top 10 was jam-packed with energy savings, June’s will take it a step further. This Top 10 includes a...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Jun 30, 2017
As it becomes commonplace for manufactures to focus on energy efficiency within their own operations, some are beginning to look beyond their four walls to help improve energy performance in their supply chains. Between 40 and 60 percent of a manufacturer’s energy footprint is created upstream in...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Jun 05, 2017
The Top-10 Solutions in April delivered some riveting energy-savings opportunities, while May continued our Spring momentum with some fantastic solutions. Here are our Top-10 Solutions for May:  1.  Better Buildings Financing Navigator  The U.S. Department of Energy introduced a new, web-based...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on May 05, 2017
The Top 10 Solutions in March offered some pretty cool energy-savings opportunies, while April kept the momentum going with some amazing sustainability opportunities. Check out our Top-10 solutions for April: 1.  Better Buildings Challenge SWAP 3 The Better Buildings Challenge SWAP is a DOE...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Apr 03, 2017
Our Top-10 Solutions in February rounded out the winter with a bang, and the top solutions in March will have you ready to "spring into" your energy efficiency practices. Check out our Top-10 solutions for March: 1.  Better Buildings Financing Navigator  The U.S. Department of Energy introduced a...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Mar 02, 2017
After releasing our Top-10 Solutions in January, February has brought in a few game-changers to our list of top solutions. February’s Top-10 Solutions are motivating! Check out the latest Top-10: 1.  Better Buildings Financing Navigator  The U.S. Department of Energy introduced a new, web-based...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Feb 09, 2017
Fresh off our Top-10 Solutions in 2016, the first month of 2017 has seen our Solution rankings moving and shaking. January’s Top-10 Solutions kick off the year with a bang. See our latest Top-10 below: 1. Better Buildings Financing Navigator In January, the U.S. Department of Energy introduced a...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Jan 05, 2017
This year's Top-10 Solutions are featured below. These are the most-viewed solutions in the Better Buildings Solution Center. 1. Energy Data Access: Blueprint for Action Toolkit The  Better Buildings Energy Data Accelerator was a two-year partnership with cities and utilities to improve energy...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Dec 07, 2016
Each month we recap the most viewed solutions shared by Better Buildings partners. Check out November's Top-10 solutions below.  1. SWAP Season 2: U.S. Naval Academy vs. U.S. Air Force Academy The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) launched season two of “Better Buildings Challenge SWAP,” featuring...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Oct 31, 2016
Each month we recap the most viewed solutions shared by Better Buildings partners. Check out October's Top-10 solutions below.  1. Energy Data Access: Blueprint for Action Toolkit The  Better Buildings Energy Data Accelerator was a two-year partnership with cities and utilities to improve energy...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Oct 03, 2016
Each month we recap the most viewed solutions shared by Better Buildings partners. Check out September's Top-10 solutions below.  1. Energy Data Access: Blueprint for Action Toolkit The  Better Buildings Energy Data Accelerator was a two-year partnership with cities and utilities to improve energy...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Sep 13, 2016
Each month we recap the most viewed solutions shared by Better Buildings partners. Check out August's Top-10 solutions below.  1. Energy Data Access: Blueprint for Action Toolkit The  Better Buildings Energy Data Accelerator was a two-year partnership with cities and utilities to improve energy...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Aug 01, 2016
Each month we recap the most viewed solutions shared by Better Buildings partners. Check out July's Top-10 solutions below.  1. Energy Data Access: Blueprint for Action Toolkit The  Better Buildings Energy Data Accelerator was a two-year partnership with cities and utilities to improve energy...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Jul 06, 2016
Each month we recap the most viewed solutions shared by Better Buildings partners. Check out June's Top-10 solutions below.  1. Energy Data Access: Blueprint for Action Toolkit The  Better Buildings Energy Data Accelerator was a two-year partnership with cities and utilities to improve energy...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Jun 01, 2016
Each month we recap the most viewed solutions shared by Better Buildings partners. Check out May's Top-10 solutions below.  1. IHG Implementation Model: Green Engage InterContinental Hotels Group created the IHG Green Engage system, a comprehensive online sustainability platform that allows hotels...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Apr 04, 2016
Each month we recap the most viewed solutions shared by Better Buildings partners. Check out March's Top-10 solutions below.  1. Energy Data Access: Blueprint for Action Toolkit The  Better Buildings Energy Data Accelerator was a two-year partnership with cities and utilities to improve energy...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Mar 10, 2016
Each month we recap the most viewed solutions shared by Better Buildings partners. Check out February's Top-10 solutions below. 1. King County, WA Implementation Model: Fund to Reduce Energy Use (FRED) Energy and water efficiency projects often compete with other priorities for limited available...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Jan 06, 2016
This past year, at the Better Buildings Summit, the Energy Department launched the Better Buildings Solution Center, an online tool, hosting hundreds of partner solutions that have been proven to accelerate energy savings in single buildings, and across entire building portfolios. As users browse...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Dec 01, 2015
Each month we recap the most viewed solutions shared by Better Buildings partners. Check out November's Top-10 solutions below.   1. Better Buildings Outdoor Lighting Decision Tree Tool Municipalities, states, and other public and federal agencies are continuously looking for new opportunities...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Nov 02, 2015
October's Top 10 solutions are featured below. These are the partner solutions most viewed by users of the Better Buildings Solution Center in the month of October. Please let us know if you have ideas or feedback so we can continue to add resources to help meet your goals to improve the energy...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Sep 29, 2015
Each month we feature the most viewed partner solutions in the Better Buildings Solution Center. September's top-10 solutions are below.            1. City of Milwaukee, WI: Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Program In order to facilitate energy efficiency improvements of commercial and...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Sep 01, 2015
1. Cummins: Jamestown Engine Plant Cummins acquired Jamestown Engine Plant in 1974, though the facility dates back to 1968 and much of the original base infrastructure within the building remains. In 2014, the plant installed a new, 2 megawatt solar installation, capable of generating about a...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Jul 01, 2015
This May, the Better Buildings Solution Center launched at the Better Buildings Summit. We've added hundreds of solutions shared by partners, and encourage you to check it out. As you browse solutions, please let us know if you have ideas or feedback so we can continue to add resources to help...