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by Better Buildings Beat Team on Oct 05, 2017
On September 20, 2017, representatives from the Department of Energy traveled to The Venetian, The Palazzo, and Sands Expo and Convention Center to honor Las Vegas Sands Corp. for its energy-efficiency work at the largest hotel under one roof in the world. At these properties, Las Vegas Sands Corp...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Sep 29, 2017
The Top 10 Solutions for September will show you tried-and-true energy solutions to help your energy efficiency goals fall into place! If you thought our Top 10 Solutions in August rounded out the summer well, the bonafide solutions from September will keep you intrigued for the new season. This...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Sep 27, 2017
Imagine going back to school in very comfortable classrooms with high indoor air quality – that’s what’s happening for thousands of students in the Fontana Unified School District (FUSD) in San Bernardino County, California, thanks to a fleet of over 200 new rooftop units (RTUs) conditioning their...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Sep 25, 2017
Far and away, the top-rated session at the 2017 Better Buildings Summit (based on your feedback) was Energy Efficient-SHE: Women’s Perspectives on Sustainability. Not only was the room at capacity – to the degree that in the back it was standing-room-only – but the conversation was full of...
by Cindy Zhu, DOE Fellow on Sep 19, 2017
Missing links don’t have to be missed opportunities. Within the commercial real estate space, a significant opportunity exists to incorporate energy into real estate transactions during the mortgage underwriting process. The Commercial Mortgages project team, comprised of the Institute for Market...
by Leslie Zarker, ICF on Sep 17, 2017
Most of us know Yoda as a cute, rumpled little geriatric urging all of us to be our best selves. But for the past year, 100 Better Buildings Challenge multifamily partners have participated in YoDa, HUD’s shorthand for the Year of Data drive. The acronym is appropriate in more ways than one, as...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Sep 14, 2017
Found in 1976, DOE's Industrial Assessment Center program (IAC) helps small- to medium-sized American manufacturers save money and improve energy performance by providing no-cost audits of various manufacturing processes. Across 28 universities, engineering students work with experienced...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Sep 06, 2017
Proper building maintenance is a critical component of any facility’s sustainability strategy. Without the right tools in place, it can be challenging to know if your HVAC system has leaky chilled water valves or outdoor air sensor drift. Better Buildings Challenge partner, Sprint, has a tool that...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Sep 01, 2017
The Top 10 Solutions for August deliver a riveting wrap-up to summer. If you enjoyed our Top 10 Solutions in July, the tried-and-true solutions from August won’t leave you disappointed. This edition of the Top 10 includes energy practices from a healthcare system that has saved the organization $...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Sep 01, 2017
Students are heading back to school, which means spending money on supplies, books, and all the other essentials. But schools can save money by unlocking their energy savings potential. Zero-energy schools can use up to 80 percent less energy than conventional schools; DOE’s Monica Kanojia at the...
by Jay Paidipati, Navigant on Aug 23, 2017
At the recent Better Buildings Summit, I had the opportunity to moderate a session with Karen Butterfield of Stem, Ben Myers of Boston Properties, and Jessie Denver with the City of San Francisco to discuss their strategies and experiences related to adopting solar PV plus energy storage. It was a...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Aug 23, 2017
How can we use the most impactful packages of energy savings measures, big data from buildings and strategic investment planning to capture 20-30 percent more whole building energy savings than just the "low-hanging fruit?" Building from current research and development by DOE’s Commercial...
by Joan Glickman, DOE on Aug 22, 2017
The Home Energy Score team is excited to announce the winners of the inaugural Home Energy Score Century Club Award. The Century Club Award recognizes Home Energy Score 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 Aug 17, 2017
The 2017 Better Buildings Summit brought the best and brightest energy-efficiency experts to Washington, D.C., and this month, we're recapping our top-performing Summit presentations according to attendee feedback. Coming in at Number 4 is "Believe in Green: Investor-Oriented Sustainability...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Aug 10, 2017
This summer, representatives from the City of Nashville and the Department of Energy traveled to Nashville, Tennessee to honor Loews Hotels & Co. for its energy-efficient upgrades and retrofits at the Loews Vanderbilt Hotel. Since 2015, the Vanderbilt hotel has improved its energy efficiency...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Aug 10, 2017
When the Better Buildings Challenge was initially established in 2011, Atlanta became one of the first cities in the country to join the Challenge and commit to 20 percent energy savings and 20 percent water-usage reduction across its city-wide infrastructure by the year 2020.  However, like a...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Aug 07, 2017
The City of Fort Lauderdale, Florida has joined the Better Buildings Challenge, joining a long list of local governments that have committed to aggressive energy-efficiency goals that help municipalities save energy and money while creating jobs. In the United States, local government buildings...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Aug 07, 2017
This exclusive report, from our content partner, Smart Energy Decisions, explores the findings of a 2017 survey of large commercial and industrial energy users regarding their near-term corporate energy management and renewable energy sourcing plans amid an increasingly daunting landscape.  In an...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Aug 04, 2017
The Smart Energy Analytics (SEA) Campaign encourages the use of commercially available Energy Management and Information Systems (EMIS) technologies and ongoing monitoring practices to help uncover energy-saving opportunities and improve building performance for the long run. With building...
by Jen Singer, ICF on Aug 03, 2017
On July 19, the U.S. Department of Energy announced the 2017 Green Ribbon Schools awardees, recognizing two Better Buildings Challenge partners and one Zero Energy Schools Accelerator partner for their sustainability efforts and ecologically-minded student engagement. Fairfax County Public Schools...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Aug 02, 2017
The Top 10 Solutions for July provides a refreshing taste of new solutions to cool off from the dog days of summer. If you were excited to see eight solutions new to the Top 10 in June, the month of July does not disappoint -  eight additional projects have climbed the ranks over the past 31 days...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Jul 24, 2017
The CleanMed conference and exposition is a significant annual event for those advancing sustainability within the healthcare sector. Influential healthcare stakeholders convene with vendors of cleaner and safer products and services to propel forward a stronger commitment towards sustainable...
by Kelly Vaughn, Program Marketer, Rocky Mountain Institute on Jul 21, 2017
This summer, the Institute for Market Transformation (IMT) and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Alliance announced the new class of Green Lease Leaders, a designation to recognize companies that have successfully modernized their lease language to include energy efficiency, and...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Jul 18, 2017
Over 100 energy managers, utility experts, and other industrial sector vendors and stakeholders gathered in New Orleans on June 20-22 for the Industrial Energy Technology Conference (IETC). IETC was a rare opportunity for the industrial energy community to network and learn about industrial...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Jul 14, 2017
Better Buildings Affiliate Seventhwave advances sustainability as an independent non-profit through energy consulting, continuing education, research and program design for the residential and commercial building sectors. Want a piece of their institutional wisdom? Based on recent projects,...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Jul 12, 2017
With all the excitement in the run-up to the Better Buildings Summit, you may have missed some of the great new resources that were published in the Better Buildings Solution Center! Take a minute to check out some of the newest solutions from Better Buildings Challenge partners: Partner:...
by Brittany Ryan, JDM Associates on Jul 11, 2017
The recognition process is simple, but its message is significant. Local governments partnering with DOE’s Better Buildings Challenge stake their claim as leaders in energy efficiency, and that leadership receives recognition. This year, 10 Better Buildings Challenge partners were recognized in...
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 Jul 07, 2017
This blog concludes our highlights from this year’s Better Buildings Summit Showcase Tours! The National Museum of Natural History opened in 1910, and was among the first Smithsonian buildings constructed exclusively to house the nation’s collections and research facilities. A group of 25 Better...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Jul 07, 2017
Twenty Summit attendees were treated to a tour of one of D.C.’s most sustainable buildings – the headquarters of the Urban Land Institute (ULI). The mission of ULI is to provide leadership in the responsible use of land and in creating and sustaining thriving communities worldwide. Attendees...
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 29, 2017
Stay tuned for more highlights from this year’s Better Buildings Summit Showcase Tours. George C. Marshall High School is one of 28 high schools in the Fairfax County Public School District (FCPS) serving over 2,000 students and 100 faculty members. The Falls Church, Virginia facility was...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Jun 29, 2017
Stay tuned for more highlights from this year’s Better Buildings Summit Showcase Tours. Better Buildings Alliance partner REI lead a group of 20 Summit attendees on a tour of the Uline Arena, also known as Washington Coliseum. Originally built in 1941, in 2016 the Arena reopened as a REI’s new D....
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Jun 22, 2017
Stay tuned for more highlights from this year’s Better Buildings Summit Showcase Tours. Built in 1965, the Washington Hilton is a regular host to the White House Correspondents Dinner, the National Prayer Breakfast, and in recent years, the Better Buildings Summit! Hilton Worldwide, a flagship...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Jun 22, 2017
The Latitude Apartments are a new 12-story, 265-unit midrise multifamily development in Arlington, Virginia, located directly across the street from the Virginia Square Metro station. Tim McDonald from the Penrose Group guided a capacity tour of Summit attendees through the luxury building’s green...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Jun 22, 2017
With a 2008 energy baseline, Shorenstein Properties committed 21 million square feet to the Better Buildings Challenge, and the results have been impressive, as the commercial real estate giant achieved 20 percent energy savings across its building portfolio. Shorenstein Properties LLC, one of the...
by Joan Glickman, DOE on Jun 20, 2017
The process of becoming an active Home Energy Score Assessor is now easier and more streamlined than ever before. With the release of Updated Quality Assurance and Mentoring Protocols, there are more ways to meet mentoring and quality assurance requirements. Previously, Assessors had to be...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Jun 19, 2017
Our very own Cindy Zhu, Fellow in the DOE Building Technologies Office, and Holly Carr, Energy Technology Program Specialist for DOE, contributed an informative and educational bylined article to the June 2017 issue of Scotsman Guide magazine, offering insight into the risks and rewards of energy...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Jun 15, 2017
On May 16, the Department of Energy recognized Schneider Electric for its goal achievement in the Better Buildings, Better Plants Challenge, meeting its goal of 26 percent energy savings over the course of nine years. Schneider Electric is the global specialist in energy management, offering...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Jun 14, 2017
How does the second largest school district in the country target energy waste, while improving the learning environment for students? The Los Angeles Unified School District’s (LA Unified) first Better Buildings Showcase Project explores the work underway to upgrade their biggest energy-consumer...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Jun 13, 2017
The NYC Mayor’s Office of Sustainability is inviting leading retail organizations with locations in New York City to join the NYC Carbon Challenge program. Started in 2007, the NYC Carbon Challenge is a groundbreaking public-private partnership between the NYC Mayor’s Office of Sustainability and...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Jun 13, 2017
The presentations from the 2017 Better Buildings Summit are now available on the Solution Center for you to download, share, and reference. Nearly 250 speakers presented more than 100 sessions during the three-day Summit, on topics ranging from evaluating financing structures to marketing local...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Jun 12, 2017
The Hilton Austin Convention Center was a unique challenge for the Hilton team when it came to energy-saving upgrades; the space is a city-owned, mixed-use complex that contains the 801-room, 24-floor Hilton hotel, the Chamber of Commerce, 99 condos, and of course, a convention center. Mixed-use...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Jun 07, 2017
On May 16, the Energy Department recognized Johnson Controls as a goal achiever in the Better Buildings, Better Plants Challenge, exceeding its goal of 25 percent energy savings over the course of seven years. Johnson Controls, a global multi-industrial company with established core businesses in...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Jun 05, 2017
The commercial real estate industry presents numerous barriers for improving a building portfolio’s energy efficiency, and The Tower Companies overcame those obstacles in resounding fashion. Committing nine buildings with 2.5 million-square-feet to the Better Buildings Challenge, The Tower...
by Robert Barrentine, CertainTeed Corporation on Jun 05, 2017
Accumulating accurate and reliable energy data is very important for identifying cost-savings and energy-saving opportunities in industrial systems. Having the right equipment can be critical to making the demonstrable case to management that an investment in energy efficiency can boost...
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 Jun 02, 2017
Stay tuned for more highlights from this year’s Better Buildings Summit Showcase Tours. Better Buildings Challenge partner The JBG Companies led a group of Summit attendees on a tour of CEB Tower, located just outside Washington, D.C. in Rosslyn, Virginia. The 570,000-square-foot, 31-story trophy...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Jun 02, 2017
Stay tuned for more highlights from this year’s Better Buildings Summit Showcase Tours. Better Buildings Local Government partner Arlington County hosted 15 Summit attendees at the Central Library, the county public library system’s headquarters, to showcase the innovative work being done to save...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on May 30, 2017
The 2017 Better Buildings Summit brought nearly 1,000 of the nation's leading energy experts to Washington, D.C. May 15-17. Representatives from the Retail, Food Service, and Grocery (RFSG) sector came together in a number of different ways to share knowledge and insights from their store and...

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