+200 members from the public and private sectors

Controlling +10 billion square feet of commercial building space

Working together through 5 sector groups and 15 solutions teams

Making commercial buildings
20% more efficient by 2020

Commercial buildings—our offices, schools, hospitals, restaurants, hotels and stores—consume nearly 20% of all energy used in the United States. We spend more than $200 billion each year to power our country's commercial buildings. Unfortunately, much of this energy and money is wasted; a typical commercial building could save 20% on its energy bills simply by commissioning existing systems so they operate as intended. Energy efficiency is a cost-effective way to save money, support job growth, reduce pollution, and improve competitiveness.

Through the Better Buildings Alliance, members in different market sectors work with the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) exceptional network of research and technical experts to develop and deploy innovative, cost-effective, energy-saving solutions that lead to better technologies, more profitable businesses, and better buildings in which we work, shop, eat, stay, and learn. Join today to start saving energy in your commercial buildings.

View the recently published 2013 Annual Report, which reviews Better Buildings Alliance accomplishments for the year, highlights examples of members in action, and outlines plans for the current year.

Upcoming Events

  • Apr. 15 Results from Tompkins County’s usage of the ARC RTU Inventory Spreadsheet
  • Results from Tompkins County’s usage of the ARC RTU Inventory Spreadsheet

    April 15, 2014
    1:00-2:00 PM EDT

    Presenters: Michael Deru (National Renewable Energy Laboratory)

    The Advanced RTU Campaign is collaboration between ASHRAE, the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA), and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Better Buildings Alliance. The purpose of the campaign is to promote adoption of high efficiency rooftop unit (RTU) technologies by aligning stakeholders and by increasing access to resources available to building owners, managers, and contractors. In this webinar, ARC technical experts will introduce the RTU Inventory Spreadsheet and explain how it helps building owners/managers track and maintain their air conditioning equipment. Tompkins County, in New York State, will share its experience using and results from this document to evaluate its RTU technology inventory and move forward to replace/retrofit the equipment as appropriate. Register today.

    Target Audience: Contractors, building owners and operators, property managers and facility engineers.

  • Apr. 17 Overview of the Advanced Energy Retrofit Guide (AERG) for Healthcare Facilities
  • Overview of the Advanced Energy Retrofit Guide (AERG) for Healthcare Facilities

    April 17, 2014
    1:00-2:30 PM EDT

    Presenters: Sonia Punjabi (U.S. Department of Energy), Bob Hendron (National Renewable Energy Laboratory)

    The webcast will provide an overview of the Advanced Energy Retrofit Guide (AERG) for Healthcare Facilities, which offers comprehensive information and analytical methods for calculating the cost effectiveness of the highest priority measures that should be considered for retrofit projects in hospitals and small outpatient facilities.

    The AERG for Healthcare Facilities helps commercial building owners and managers to plan, design, and implement energy improvements in existing facilities. This AERG identifies the unique challenges and opportunities in healthcare facilities, with an emphasis on the most effective commissioning and retrofit measures identified by experts.

    The AERGs present a broad range of proven practices that can help energy managers take specific actions throughout the various stages of the retrofit process, resulting in energy savings for many years to come. The guides are also available for office buildings, K-12 schools, retail stores, and grocery stores (

    Register today.
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