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Better Buildings aims to make commercial, public, industrial, and residential buildings 20% more energy efficient over the next decade. This means saving hundreds of billions of dollars on energy bills, reducing GHG emissions, and creating thousands of jobs. Through Better Buildings, public and private sector organizations across the country are working together to share and replicate positive gains in energy efficiency. DOE is currently pursuing strategies within four interrelated key areas to catalyze change and investment in energy efficiency.

Better Buildings aims to make commercial, public, industrial, and residential buildings 20% more energy efficient over the next decade. This means saving hundreds of billions of dollars on energy bills, reducing GHG emissions, and creating thousands of jobs. Through Better Buildings, public and private sector organizations across the country are working together to share and replicate positive gains in energy efficiency. DOE is currently pursuing strategies within four interrelated key areas to catalyze change and investment in energy efficiency.

Developing Innovative, Replicable, Market Solutions

Better Buildings Challenge
President’s challenge to CEOs, university presidents, state and local government leaders and building owners help lead the country to 20% savings over ten years; 250 organizations spanning more than 3.5 billion sq. ft. of building space have taken this leadership challenge.

Better Buildings Alliance
More than 180 organizations representing 10 billion sq. ft. have joined this collaborative effort to develop high impact technical and market solutions for improved energy efficiency in commercial buildings.

Better Buildings, Better Plants
150+ industrial companies representing 11% of the U.S. manufacturing energy footprint participate in this voluntary pledge to reduce energy intensity by 25% over 10 years.

Better Buildings Accelerators
Demonstrating innovative approaches to address targeted barriers with national impact, including energy data, performance contracting, and strategic energy management.

Better Buildings Residential
Programs work with stakeholders to increase the number of high-performing, energy-efficient homes in the United States.

Superior Energy Performance
Providing a market-based solution for certifying manufacturing and commercial facilities that have demonstrated energy management excellence through the ISO 50001 standard and sustained energy performance improvement.

Making Energy Efficiency Investment Easier

Building Performance Database
9,000 users have accessed the largest searchable dataset of information about the physical and operational characteristics of real buildings, to understand trends in building performance

Building Energy Data Exchange Specification
A dictionary of 575 terms and definitions to facilitate consistent exchange of information on building characteristics and energy use

New Financing Solutions
Financial allies in the Better Buildings Challenge have extended $3 billion in financing and are sharing innovative solutions

Building Energy Asset Scoring Tool
500+ buildings have been scored using this tool that evaluates the physical energy efficiency of buildings to determine potential improvements

Home Energy Score
With 20,000 homes scored to date, this tool helps homeowners and homebuyers understand how much energy a home is expected to use and provides suggestions for improving its energy efficiency

Appraisal Foundation Memorandum of Understanding
The Appraisal Foundation with support from DOE will release practical guidelines for appraisers to properly evaluate energy performance when conducting building appraisals

Developing a Skilled Clean Energy Workforce

Better Buildings Workforce Guidelines
DOE partnered with the National Institute of Building Sciences to develop national guidelines for professional certification programs for key energy-related jobs to improve the quality and consistency of commercial building workforce credentials

Leading by Example in the Federal Government

New Executive Order
Extends Federal goals through 2025 with targets of 40% reduction in GHG emissions, increased use of renewable electricity of 30%, and improved building efficiency of 25% by 2025

President’s Performance Contracting Challenge
Agencies have contracted for $2 billion towards a $4 billion performance contracting goal to improve the sustainability of Federal facilities

DOE Leadership
DOE has reduced its GHG emissions by 34%, ahead of its 2020 target