AT A GLANCE

+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

  • September 18 Space Conditioning Team - Packaged HVAC Meeting
  • Space Conditioning Team - Packaged HVAC Meeting

    September 18, 2014
    3:00-4:00 PM EDT

    We have a great opportunity to hear about a Navy demonstration of an RTU Challenge unit from Ian Doebber at NREL and learn about the recent activities and new resources from the Advanced RTU Campaign!

    • • Introductions and welcome
    • • Navy RTU Challenge demonstration results
    • • Advanced RTU Campaign updates and new resources
    • • Review RTU replacement and retrofit procurement specifications
    • • Open discussion

    Target Audience: Team members and potential members
    Audio: 1-866-692-4538, Conference Code 4377506#

    Join us online, using meeting number SA374353 and meeting passcode 1891249.

  • September 19 Lighting & Electrical Team Meeting
  • Lighting & Electrical Team Meeting

    September 19, 2014
    1:00-2:00 PM EDT
    • • Introductions/Announcements
    • • Exterior Lighting Update:
    •     • LEEP Campaign
    •     • RP-20-14:
    •          • IES Recommended Practice for Lighting Parking Facilities
    •          • Long-awaited update expected before the end of calendar year
    •          • Some possible changes in practice(s)
    •     • Possible updates to the Better Buildings Alliance parking lot / parking structure specifications:
    •          • Parking Lot Specification Link & Parking Structure Specification Link
    •          • Team will update in response to RP-20-14
    •          • Feedback from members by end of October on existing versions requested
    •     • Other:
    •          • Wall pack specification Link
    •          • Controls guidance Link
    •          • Any items in outdoor lighting need to be discussed?
    • • Interior Lighting Campaign Planning:
    •     • Overview of troffer focus
    •     • Data about troffers
    •     • Troffer – related metrics
    •     • Better Buildings Alliance Troffer Specification:
    •          • Troffer Specification Link
    •          • Possible updates to efficacy values
    •     • T-LEDs / Retrofit Kit:
    •          • Design Lights Consortium 4-Foot Replacement Kits Specification values
    •     • Request for information about troffers from site(s)
    •     • Interest in Participating
    • • Q/A / Team Interaction (All)
    • • Wrap Up

    Target Audience: Team members and potential members
    Audio: 1-877-336-1839, Conference Code 6299368 #

  • September 24 Space Conditioning Team - Packaged HVAC Meeting
  • Space Conditioning Team - Central Plants Meeting

    September 24, 2014
    2:00-4:00 PM EDT

    We have a great opportunity to learn about the Advanced Energy Retrofit Guides for healthcare and offices and what resources are available for HVAC projects from Bob Hendron from NREL. In addition, we will review results from the Hospital end-use monitoring project and review new resources for central plant projects.

    • • Introductions and welcome
    • • Applying the Advanced Energy Retrofit Guides for HVAC projects
    • • Results of the hospital end-use monitoring project
    • • Review of the Systems View of HVAC systems
    • • Open discussion

    Target Audience: Team members and potential members
    Audio: 1-866-692-4538, Conference Code 4377506#

    Join us online, using meeting number SA374353 and meeting passcode 1891249.

  • September 26 EMIS Team Meeting
  • EMIS Team Meeting

    September 26, 2014
    1:00-2:00 PM EDT

    • • JCI: overview and live demo of Panoptix system
    • • Facilitated discussion and Q&A
    • • Overview of ongoing team activities
    • • Development of procurement support resources

    Target Audience: Team members
    Meeting Registration: Online

  • October 7 PACE Financing for Energy Efficiency: Success Stories
  • PACE Financing for Energy Efficiency: Success Stories

    October 7, 2014
    3:00-4:00 PM EDT

    Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing is a vehicle to pay for energy efficiency improvements or renewable energy installations on private property. Local or state governments or other entities fund the upfront costs of the improvements which are paid back over time through property assessments added to the owner’s property tax bills. Better Buildings Challenge partners describe their successful experiences with PACE financing as program developers, city administrators, and property owners. Register here.

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