The Better Buildings Challenge is a program created by the federal Department of Energy to support commercial and industrial building owners interested in reducing their energy use by providing technical assistance and proven solutions. Partners include city and state governments, school districts, manufacturers, affordable and market rate multi-family owners, as well as data center owners. The Challenge also includes Allies, mainly comprised of utilities and financial lending institutions, who are matched to Partners to enhance collaboration and problem solving towards higher energy efficiency outcomes.
Organizations who commit to the Better Buildings Challenge pledge to save at reduce the energy used across their entire building portfolio by 20 percent or more over ten years. By accepting the free and available assistance, these organizations also commit to transparently showcase the solutions they used and the results they achieve. Currently 3.5 Billion square feet of Partner commercial and industrial space has been enrolled in the program to date, while $2 Billion in financing from program Allies has been made available to Partners. Importantly, both Partners and Allies are publically recognized for their leadership and innovation in energy efficiency.
The yearly Better Buildings Summit gathers Partners and Allies together share ideas and celebrate the successes within one conference. This year, the event is expanding to include new sectors and further engage in a diverse set of market leaders. It is predicted to bring over 800 partners and stakeholders in Washington D.C. on May 27-29 to participate in two and a half days of sessions. These panels and related meetings will focus on the sharing the most successful strategies for achieving energy savings through energy efficiency and will include topics such as finance, data access, high-impact technologies, and portfolio-wide strategies. Program Allies, including utilities and financial lending institutions, will be in attendance and present effective solutions they have achieved in the last year. This year, the Summit will also offer sessions for residential energy professionals.
A limited number of travel stipends and registration scholarships are available for state and local government and K-12 school districts to attend. If you have an existing grant agreement with DOE, please consider using available administrative funds to pay the registration fee and travel costs associated with your attendance. As you register for the conference, please indicate your interest in financial assistance.
MEEA will be attending the event and participating in some of the presentations and associated meetings on the topic of energy data access. We will also be involved with case studies on developing internal organization processes to track energy consumption in buildings. For more information on the Better Buildings Challenge contact Steve Kismohr, Senior Technical Manager at 312.784.7257 or firstname.lastname@example.org.