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by Bruce Lung on Jun 23, 2015
This past week, members of the Volvo Group Energy Network North America working with Bremer Energy Consulting Services, Inc., conducted an Energy Treasure Hunt at the 1.5 million square foot Volvo Group Trucks engine and transmission plant in Hagerstown, MD. Based on previous success at the Volvo...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Jun 11, 2015
This week the Energy Department’s Better Buildings Challenge director Maria T. Vargas visited three Better Buildings Challenge showcase projects in the cities of Denver and Arvada Colorado, and had the honor of being joined by U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Julian Castro....
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Jun 09, 2015
 Amy Hargroves of Sprint, Jon Utech of Cleveland Clinic, Wendall Brase, UC Irvine, Kathy Loftus of Whole Foods and Susan Rochford of Legrand North America.  At the Better Buildings Summit, a "bionic panel" took the stage to discuss how they're going "bigger, better and faster" on energy...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Jun 03, 2015
Tabetha McCartney, director of development, finance and sustainability for Jewish Community Housing for the Elderly chose five questions to answer during the Summit. Here are her thoughts on energy efficiency: What does sustainability mean to you? Sustainable development is concerned with meeting...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Jun 02, 2015
Heidi Burkart, operations coordinator and energy manager for Camas School District in Washington state and K-12 goal achiever answered our 5 questions; here are her answers: What's one piece of advice you’d like to give to a new partner? Set high goals and expectations for your staff and your...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on May 29, 2015
Today was the last official day of the Summit, there was still lots of activity in a bunch of great sessions, including: Better Buildings accelerator meetings, on energy data, industrial superior energy performance and outdoor lighting technical assistance A packed house at the workshop on...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on May 29, 2015
Here's how Walt Brockway, global manager of energy efficiency for Alcoa tackled our 5 questions! What do you think the energy landscape will look like in 2020? 2020 is not far away, from a supply side we will see more reliance on natural gas, less on coal, and we will begin to see a smarter grid...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on May 29, 2015
Amy Hargroves, director of corporate responsibility and sustainability for Sprint, picked 5 questions to answer. Sprint was recently honored as a goal achievers, for reaching 36 percent energy savings through the Better Buildings Challenge. If you could invent one energy-saving solution, what...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on May 28, 2015
Emily Soontornsaratool, energy data program manager with the State of Maryland, was next to answer our 5 questions.  What’s the most interesting project you’ve heard of at the conference so far? I went to a great session yesterday on energy data and I’m a data geek--that’s what I do for the state...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on May 28, 2015
We hope you had a great second day at the Better Buildings Summit, we’ve heard so many great anecdotes of people making connections and learning from our sessions. Here’s a rundown of the day’s events, just in case you missed anything: We opened the day with a keynote from Lynn Orr, undersecretary...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on May 27, 2015
We had a very busy and productive first day of the Better Buildings Summit! Here are some highlights from the day, in case you couldn’t get to everything. Don’t forget to see late-breaking Summit activity on Twitter, just follow the hashtag #BBSummit2015. Join the community of over 300,000 people...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on May 27, 2015
We sat down with Paul Wessel, executive director of the Green Parking Council, a nonprofit that helps parking facilities adopt environmental, technological and economic sustainability, to foster the industry’s growth into a positive force in the built environment. He took some time to answer 5...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on May 22, 2015
Yesterday was great, but today will be even better! There are so many great sessions happening today, plus these great speakers: Dr. David Danielson, U.S. Department of Energy, Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy announces 2014 results and recognizes Better Buildings...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on May 22, 2015
We’re finally here! This is the first live post from the live reporting at the Better Buildings Summit. We're so glad you've been able to join us. Today you’ll be greeted by: Dr. Kathleen Hogan, U.S. Department of Energy, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency welcomes all attendees to...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on May 21, 2015
The annual Better Buildings Summit coming up next week, May 27-29, is a great opportunity to step away from our routines and reconnect with the hundreds of partners and allies working together on Better Buildings. The Summit’s sessions will focus on specific sectors and cross-cutting strategies...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on May 05, 2015
Better Buildings Challenge Multifamily housing partner Corcoran Management Company recently made waves for adding two new ENERGY STAR certified buildings to its portfolio. Fifty West Broadway in South Boston, and the McNamara Building in Allston, Mass.—one of the first affordable housing projects...
by Holly Carr on May 04, 2015
On Monday the Staples team hosted us at a fantastic energy event: An Eco-Treasure Hunt at their 1 million square foot Hagerstown, MD distribution center. The Eco-Treasure Hunt is a proven, effective model for discovering energy efficiency opportunities at an individual facility, while building...
by Holly Carr on May 01, 2015
Havertys Better Buildings Challenge showcase project is a Virginia Beach showroom, originally built in September 1995. The showroom was in desperate need of an energy retrofit – but without compromising the integrity of the showroom. Following LED lighting retrofits, Havertys has found that HVAC...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Apr 30, 2015
After the city added lighting and controls retrofits, solar window film to reduce solar heat gain from daylighting, central plant upgrades, and implementation of a facility-wide energy management system, the El Paso International Airport has seen annual energy savings of 19 percent. Annual cost...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Apr 21, 2015
Last week the Energy Department travelled to Texas to applaud Better Buildings Challenge partners who have committed their public sector, retail or multifamily housing to 20% energy savings in ten years. Here’s a rundown of our Texas showcase project tours. Tues. April 14 Our Texas tour started in...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Apr 15, 2015
In partnership with the National Institute of Building Sciences, DOE has released national voluntary workforce guidelines. Developed with feedback from industry experts, these guidelines provide a national framework for certification agencies across the country to roll out quality, consistent...
by Sarah Zaleski on Apr 09, 2015
This morning the Energy Department’s Under Secretary for Science and Energy, Lynn Orr, visited the John G. Shedd Aquarium, a Better Buildings Challenge showcase project for the City of Chicago. If you’re ever lucky enough to visit the Shedd Aquarium, here’s one more thing to admire in addition to...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Apr 07, 2015
Houston’s Pennzoil Place has been making an impression on the city’s skyline for decades, with its iconic skyscrapers’ trapezoidal silhouettes. Less known is that the two-tower building has been undergoing infrastructure upgrades in recent years. Thanks to Better Buildings Challenge partner and...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Apr 01, 2015
Welcome! We’re excited to introduce the Better Buildings Beat, an in-depth look at the organizations partnering with DOE through the Better Buildings Initiative. We’ll share our partner’s amazing achievements and best practices being deployed in their facilities to lower energy use, save money and...
by Holly Carr on Apr 01, 2015
If you’ve ever worked in a commercial kitchen or fast-food restaurant then you know all about the equipment inside: the fryers, ovens, dishwashers, heating lamps, fans, and walk-in freezers. They’re necessary to making delicious food – but did you know how much energy they sap? Food service...

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