Retail, Food Service & Grocery

Retail buildings—including stand-alone stores, malls, and shopping centers—account for nearly 16% of commercial floor space and consume more than 18% of all energy used by commercial buildings. Facilities with commercial kitchens consume roughly 5-7 times more energy per square foot than other commercial buildings; high volume, quick-service restaurants may use up to 10 times more.

The retail segment of the Better Buildings Alliance was launched in 2008. Since then, it has grown to representing nearly 21% of retail floor space nationwide and more than 2.9 billion square feet of building space. Although they may be competitors, retail members find common ground by sharing their experiences and best practices and enjoying greater energy efficiency savings.View select opportunities for Retail, Food Service & Grocery members.

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Highlighted Activities

Try proven energy-saving strategies documented in the Better Buildings Challenge Implementation Models
Review implementation models that outline actions, tools, and supporting documentation used successfully by partners who have taken the Better Buildings Challenge to achieve their portfolio-wide energy efficiency savings goals. See Implementation Models from Kohl’s, Best Buy, Macy’s, Staples, and more! Contact us when you’re ready to try out one of these strategies in your own buildings.

Participate in Market Solutions Teams
Further your energy-saving goals by connecting with Market Solutions Teams, such as Leasing & Split Incentive, Financing, Workforce Development, Data Access, and Appraisal & Valuations.

Technology Solutions Teams
Further your energy-saving goals by connecting with Technology Solutions Teams, such as Lighting & Electrical, Energy Management Information Systems, Laboratories, Refrigeration, Space Conditioning, and Food Service.

Help develop an ENERGY STAR 1-100 score for restaurants
In collaboration with the National Restaurant Association and the Restaurant Facility Management Association, EPA, and PG&E, DOE invites commercial and institutional food service establishments to take the Food Service Energy and Water Survey and help develop an ENERGY STAR 1-100 score for restaurants.

Save energy by installing high performance rooftop units (RTUs), implementing retrofit measures, and joining the Advanced RTU Campaign
The Space Conditioning team is helping members realize energy and costs savings of 20 to 50% through the installation of new high efficiency RTUs produced by the High Performance Rooftop Unit Challenge, advanced control retrofits, and participation in the Advanced RTU Campaign.

Join the Lighting Energy Efficiency in Parking (LEEP) Campaign
LEEP into lighting and lower your facility's exterior lighting operating costs through thoughtful design of a new parking site or lighting retrofits. To become part of the campaign, submit a registration form. Visit the Lighting & Electrical team page for more information.

Save energy and get involved in Refrigeration Team activities
Use the refrigeration system commissioning guide, demonstrate energy savings from retrofitting existing open refrigerated display cases, and help develop an industry-standard metric for evaluating the energy performance of supermarket refrigeration systems.

Participate in Energy Management Information Systems (EMIS) Team activities
Expand the use of EMIS in your organization with resources such as the EIS cost and benefits report, technology classification framework, and regional guide to EMIS incentives. Participate in the Wireless Meter Challenge by signing a letter of support, reviewing the final specification, or purchasing and demonstrating products that meet the specification and participate in a case study to profile your experience.

Energy Management Resources

ISO 50001 Energy Management Standard
A proven approach for U.S. industrial and commercial facilities to continually improve energy performance. This powerful new standard from the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) provides an internationally recognized framework for organizations to voluntarily implement an energy management system.

ENERGY STAR Management Guidelines
Tools, resources, and strategic energy management guidance for measuring and reducing energy consumption. See also the ENERGY STAR Teaming Up To Save Energy Guide, a “how-to” guide discussing the structure, launch, and maintenance of energy management teams.

Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) Sustainability Initiative Energy & Greenhouse Gas Emissions Tools and Resources:
Resources for retail organizations identified by RILA’s Energy & Greenhouse Gas Emissions Committee.

New Construction & Renovation Resources

Advanced Energy Retrofit Guides
The Advanced Energy Retrofit Guides (AERGs) were created to help decision makers plan, design, and implement energy improvement projects in their facilities. Guides are available for office buildings, warehouses and retail buildings.

Advanced Energy Design Guides
Created by ASHRAE and its partners, the Advanced Energy Design Guides for 50% Savings offer designers and contractors the tools needed for achieving a 50% energy savings compared to buildings that meet the minimum requirements of Standard 90.1-2004.

Financing Resources

Better Buildings Challenge Financial Allies
Financial Allies have committed nearly $2 billion to help owners and managers improve the efficiency of their buildings. Learn more about their offerings.

Better Buildings Alliance Financing Team
The Market Solutions Financing Team is working to overcome access to low-cost, third-party capital to help offset high up-front costs.

DOE 179d Tax Deduction Eligibility Calculator
A DOE approved tool that provides calculations to determine eligibility for the 179D federal tax deduction as a substitute for other modeling software. The 179D DOE Calculator provides pre-simulated results to determine qualification for both the partial and interim compliance pathways.

Database of State Incentives for Renewable Energy (DSIRE)
A comprehensive database of incentives, rebates and policies that support renewables and energy efficiency in the United States.

Additional Resources

Better Buildings Alliance Specifications
Better Buildings Alliance members and DOE technical experts collaborate on Technical Solutions Teams to develop energy-saving performance specifications on advanced technologies for members to deploy in their facilities.

Technology Performance Exchange
The Technology Performance Exchange will establish a web-based portal and accompanying database that allows technology suppliers to submit product performance data that private and public sector end users can use to make fact-based procurement decisions.

Commercial Buildings Resource Database
The database provides resources developed by the Building Technologies Office and its partners. Building owners and operators can use this centralized collection of materials produced from DOE's commercial buildings research to design, build, and upgrade their facilities.

PG&E Food Service Technology Center (FSTC)
A leader in commercial kitchen energy efficiency and appliance performance testing, the FSTC provides expertise in commercial kitchen ventilation, water heating and building energy efficiency, including lighting, glazing and HVAC.

Consortium for Energy Efficiency's (CEE) Commercial Kitchens Initiative
Search thousands of evaluation studies, market characterizations, and relevant efficiency documents.

National Restaurant Association’s Conserve Sustainability Education Program
Designed by the restaurant industry for the restaurant industry, an introduction to sustainability and a roadmap to help operators with easily digestible information

ENERGY STAR for Restaurants
EPA’s ENERGY STAR program website for restaurants, which provides building energy management and measurement resources and tools.

ENERGY STAR for Retail and Grocery
Targeted ENERGY STAR materials and resources for retail and grocery building owners and managers.

ENERGY STAR Commercial Kitchen Package
ENERGY STAR qualified products, guidebooks, and factsheets that help restaurant owners improve the performance of their facilities and equipment while reducing energy costs.

  • Arby's Restaurant Group
  • Army & Air Force Exchange Service
  • Belk, Inc.
  • Best Buy Co., Inc.
  • BJ's Wholesale Club, Inc.
  • Boston Market Corp.
  • Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc.
  • CKE Restaurants, Inc. (Carl's Jr./ Green Burrito, Hardee's/ Red Burrito)
  • Costco Wholesale Corp.
  • Crate and Barrel
  • Dunkin' Brands, Inc.
  • Einstein Noah Restaurant Group, Inc. (Einstein Bros Bagels, Noah's Bagels, Manhattan Bagel)
  • Food Lion, LLC
  • Ford Motor Co.
  • Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market
  • Floorquest
  • Hannaford Bros. Co.
  • Harris Teeter Inc.
  • jcpenney*
  • Kohl's Department Stores*
  • Lamey-Wellehan Shoes
  • Lowe's Companies, Inc.
  • Macy's
  • McDonald's*
  • Panda Restaurant Group, Inc. (Panda Express, Panda Inn, Hibachi-San )
  • PETCO Animal Supplies, Inc.
  • PetSmart, Inc.
  • Publix Super Markets
  • Red Robin Restaurants
  • REI
  • Safeway Inc.
  • Sears Holdings Corp.
  • Staples*
  • Starbucks Coffee Company
  • Target
  • The Home Depot*
  • Ulta
  • Walgreen Co.
  • Walmart Stores*
  • Wawa, Inc.
  • Weis Markets
  • Wendy's Quality Supply Chain Coop, Inc.
  • Whole Foods Market*
  • Yum! Brands* (KFC, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell)

* Steering Committee member
Members in bold have taken the Better Buildings Challenge