Technology & System Specifications

The Better Buildings Alliance Technology Solutions Teams develop specifications for you to customize and use to obtain quotes for high-efficiency products and services. Collective support for these product and performance specifications demonstrates a market need to manufacturers and leads to greater product availability, higher quality, and more competitive pricing. Get started by clicking below.

Available Specifications

Sign your support for the Wireless Meter Challenge and review the specification
The wireless meter challenge has been launched to catalyze the development of low cost metering solutions. Meters are an integral component of energy reduction in commercial buildings as they provide access to real time granular energy use data, allowing decision makers to make informed and immediate changes to their energy consuming building systems.

Use the High Performance Rooftop Unit Specification to reduce energy use
Rooftop units are used in nearly half of all cooling conditioned commercial floor space in the U.S. Units built according to the specification reduce energy use by as much as 50%. Nationwide, if all 10-20 ton commercial units were replaced with units built to this specification, businesses would save about $1 billion each year.

Cut parking lot lighting energy bills through the High-efficiency Parking Lot Lighting Specification
New light-emitting diode (LED) technology with controls can cut parking lot lighting energy bills by 40% or more while prolonging life, reducing maintenance costs, and improving lighting uniformity. Nationwide, if all parking lots switched to high-efficiency lighting that met the specification, business would save about 40 TWh annually.

Reduce lighting energy bills for your parking structure using the High-efficiency Parking Structure Lighting Specification
The latest high-efficiency lighting technology with energy-saving controls (including fluorescent, induction, and LED options) can save you over 40% on your lighting bills. Nationwide, if all parking structures switched to high-efficiency lighting that met the specification, businesses would save about 36 TWh annually.

Implement energy-saving strategies and approaches through the Gas Heater Specification
Adopt a gas heaters built according to this specification and reduce your heating energy use by over 10%, compared to typical units.

Adopt energy-saving lighting for your refrigerated display case through the Refrigerated Display Case Lighting Specification
This specification delivers approximately 50% energy savings compared to a typical display case. Nationwide, if all retail refrigerated display cases switched to LED systems today, 2.1 TWh of electricity would be saved annually.

Use the High-Efficiency Troffer Lighting Specification to save on lighting energy costs
50% of all commercial fluorescent lighting fixtures are recessed troffers, consuming more than 87 TWh of electricity a year. Use this specification to save 15–45% on lighting energy costs on a one-for-one basis, and up to 75% with the use of controls. If all troffers nationwide were replaced with fixtures that met this specification, 26 TWh of electricity would be saved annually.

Discover energy-saving strategies and approaches through the Commercial Heat Pump Water Heater Specification
This water heater specification can help you reduce water heating energy use by 70%, compared to traditional electric storage water heaters.

Install energy-saving and cost-effective fume hoods using the Laboratory Fume Hood Specification
A single fume hood in a typical lab can use more than 10,000 kWh per year. Replace it with a fume hood that meets the specification and save up to 50,000 kWh of energy and $5,000 over 5 years, while also reducing space conditioning energy loads.

Reduce energy use by using the Low Voltage Distribution Transformer Specification
Distribution transformers are an often-overlooked building energy load, but consume over 20 TWh per year. Use this specification and reduce energy use by over 15% compared to typical transformers.

Under Development

Review and help develop the Ultra-low Temperature Laboratory Freezer Specification
A typical ultra-low temperature laboratory freezer can use up to 20 kWh of electricity per day—as much as a small house! Replacing it with a unit that meets the specification could save up to 3,000 kWh per year, saving as much as $1,500 over 5 years.