Better Buildings PPT - Every Building Conference & Expo

How you can benefit
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Kristen Taddonio
DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and
Renewable Energy
By the end of this session, you will:
1. Know what the Better Buildings
Program is and why it was created
2. Have access to an “inside look” at
how leading companies are
changing business practices to
improve their buildings
3. Understand how you, too, can get
What is Better Buildings?
In February 2011, President
Obama, building upon the
investments of the American
Recovery and Reinvestment
Act, announced the Better
Buildings Initiative to make
buildings 20% more energy
efficient over the next 10
years and accelerate private
sector investment in energy
Why was it created?
Question: how much does the
U.S. spend to power
commercial buildings each
Answer: about $200 billion!
Question: How much energy do
buildings (residential and
commercial) use as a percentage
of total US energy use?
Answer: about 40%
Bonus: How much do people in
the US pay to power
manufacturing facilities?
Answer: another $200 billion
Bonus: How much electricity to
residential and commercial
buildings use as a percentage of
the US total?
Answer: about 70%
Every building can be better
What are the major program elements?
 Partnerships
 Better Buildings Alliance
 Better Buildings Challenge
 Accelerators
 Energy Data Access
 Also ESPCs, Industrial
 Workforce
 Information
Better Buildings Alliance
Through the Better Buildings
Alliance, members in different
market sectors identify
specific barriers and work with
the U.S. Department of
Energy’s (DOE) to develop
and deploy innovative, costeffective, energy-saving
solutions that lead to better
technologies, more profitable
businesses, and better
buildings in which we work,
shop, eat, stay, and learn.
Installation of night curtains
Whole Foods Market, a BBA member,
installed night curtains to cover the
refrigerated produce cases when stores
are closed. This strategy lowers the
cooling load on the refrigeration case by
about 40% during unoccupied periods.
Better Buildings Alliance:
Who is Involved?
>200 member organizations | >500 individual participants | > 10 billion sq ft
Commercial Real
Estate & Hospitality
7.1 billion sq ft
46% of sector
450 million sq ft
14% of sector
Retail, Food
Service &
2.6 billion sq ft
19% of sector
Higher Ed
242 million sq ft
17% of sector
Better Buildings Alliance:
Commercial Real Estate Steering Committee
Chris Magee
MGM Resorts International
Marla Thalheimer
Liberty Property Trust
Bert Etheredge
Karen Penafiel
BOMA International
Michael Groppi
Dave Pogue
Carlos Santamaria
John K. Scott
Colliers International
Eric Duchon
Cushman & Wakefield
Ari Frankel
Deustche Asset & Wealth Management
Kinga Porst
Mary Curtiss
Will Teichman
Kimco Realty
Malcolm Bryant
The Malcolm Bryant Corp.
Jennifer McConkey
Principal Real Estate Investors
Mason Sharpe
Sharpe Properties
Faith Taylor
Wyndham Worldwide
Example Activity: Join a high-efficiency technology
Lighting Energy Efficiency
in Parking Campaign
Advanced RTU Campaign
Example activity: Use a procurement specification to
purchase and install efficient products
 Lighting and Electrical
 Space Conditioning
– Gas heaters
 High-efficiency troffer lighting
– Rooftop air conditioning units
 LED site lighting (parking lot)
 High-efficiency parking structure
 LED refrigerated display case lighting
 Refrigeration
– Ultra-low temperature
 Laboratories
 Plug and Process Loads
– Laboratory fume hoods
 Low voltage distribution transformers
 Commercial heat pump water
Example Activity: High-Performance (“Green”) Leasing
 BBA worked with GSA, NYU, RMI, BOMA, NRDC, IMT, and others to
help launch content and resources in the Green Lease Library
 Successfully published case studies focused on overcoming barriers
to green leasing
 Brandywine Realty Trust
 Pyramid Companies
 Now encouraging greater adoption through Green Lease Leaders
11 | Building Technologies Program
2014 Green Lease Leaders
Better Buildings Alliance
Brandywine Realty Trust
The Bullitt Foundation
Empire State Realty Trust
Jamestown, L.P.
Kilroy Realty Corporation
Kimco Realty Corporation
Liberty Property Trust
Oxford Properties
PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP
Regency Centers
Government Properties Income Trust
The Tower Companies
Unico Properties
Better Buildings Challenge
 The Better Buildings Challenge is a voluntary leadership
initiative that asks leading CEOs and executives of U.S.
companies, universities, and state and local governments to
make a public commitment of energy efficiency.
 Through the Better Buildings Challenge, the U.S.
Department of Energy is highlighting leaders that have
committed to upgrading buildings and plants across their
portfolio and providing their energy savings data and
strategies as models for others to follow.
-Better Buildings Challenge Frequently Asked Questions fact sheet
Better Buildings Challenge
Who has signed up?
 Over 190 partners,
including over 30
Commercial Partners
Commercial Real Estate
 Commitments of 5 million
to 850 million square feet
 In total, partners and
allies have committed
over 3 billion sq ft
Better Buildings Challenge:
What partners agree to
1. Set a public goal (minimum 20% over 10 years*)
2. Share transparent examples describing:
 What they’ve done (showcase projects): Buildings in which they
have achieved significant energy savings
 How they’ve done it (implementation models or “playbooks”): realworld, successful approached they’ve used to overcome barriers
3. Report on progress
*or 2% savings annually if eligible due to high portfolio turn-over
Better Buildings Challenge:
Progress to date (as of spring 2014)
Better Buildings Challenge:
Progress to date – partner highlights
 Other examples:
 Sprint (19%)
 Kohl’s Department
Stores (12%)
 Staples (12%)
 Wyndham Worldwide
 The Tower Companies
An Inside Look:
Prologis Playbook
An Inside Look:
USAA’s Playbook
An Inside Look:
The Tower Companies’ Playbook
An Inside Look:
Shorenstein’s Playbook
You can find more insider resources online at
You can also get ideas and inspiration through
our free webinar series
Want to sign up for webinar notices?
Email us at [email protected]
Recap: Better Buildings Challenge and Better
Buildings Alliance Requirements and Benefits
Better Buildings Alliance
2% annual
Participate in at
least 1 activity
per year
Available to
organizations that
join Better
Eligible to participate in
pre-defined working
Webinars & Events
Peer-to-peer exchange
20% by 2020
Facility level
Highest level
DOE can confer Financing (via financial
Idea exchange
Account management
Plus all Better Buildings
Alliance offerings
Better Buildings Energy Data Accelerator
Building owners need information about energy use
in order to measure and manage it. However, many
building owners cannot access this information.
Through the Better Buildings Energy Data Accelerator
local governments are joining forces with their local
utilities to make it easier for building owners to get
access to whole-building energy usage data for the
purposes of benchmarking their buildings.
Partners agree to demonstrate streamlined, best-practice
approaches for building owners to access whole-building
energy usage data—with a specific focus on providing
information for multi-tenant buildings.
Throughout 2014 and 2015, Partners are convening local
stakeholders to overcome key technical barriers, upgrading
energy data systems, and designing and piloting systems in
their areas.
Through these efforts, Partners have committed to put
systems in place to provide whole building data to at
least 20 percent of commercial and/or multi-family
building owners by the end of 2015.
Who has joined the Better Buildings Energy Data Accelerator?
List of All Partners
Atlanta with Atlanta Gas Light
Los Angeles with So. Cal Gas
Austin with Austin Energy
Minneapolis with Xcel
Boston with NSTAR/Northeast Utilities
New York City with National Grid
Cambridge with NSTAR/Northeast
Philadelphia with PECO
Chicago with Commonwealth Edison
Salt Lake City with Rocky Mtn. Power
Chula Vista with San Diego Gas &
San Diego with San Diego Gas & Electric
Columbus with AEP Ohio
San Francisco with Pacific Gas & Electric
Houston with NRG/Reliant
Santa Monica with So. California Edison
Kansas City with Kansas City Power &
Seattle with Puget Sound Energy
Los Angeles with L.A. Dept. of Water &
Washington, DC with Pepco
How you can get involved
 Better Buildings Challenge: contact
[email protected] to sign up
 Better Buildings Alliance: email [email protected] or
join online at
 Better Buildings Energy Data Accelerator: Consider
sending a letter of support. Contact
[email protected] or [email protected]
for examples.
 Know what the Better Buildings
Program is and why it was created
 Have access to an “inside look” at
how leading companies are
changing business practices to
improve their buildings
 We hope that you, too will get
Kristen Taddonio, Department of Energy
[email protected]
Holly Carr, Department of Energy
[email protected]
Sara Schoen, Department of Energy
[email protected]
Additional Better Buildings Challenge
Q. I’d like to join but can’t commit to 20% over 10 years due to building turnover. Is there an alternative option?
A: Yes, if you experience more than 5% turn over a year on average you can
sign up for an alternative goal of 2% per year average efficiency improvement
Q. I own some buildings and just manage others. Do I have to include the
buildings I manage too?
A: DOE encourages but does not require you to include managed buildings if
you do not pay the energy bills, have control over energy efficiency upgrades,
and/or have access to energy use data.
Q. I want to sign up but I’m having trouble getting access to the energy
consumption data paid directly by my tenants. Do I need to include these
A. Contact DOE to discuss the situation and learn more about the Better
Buildings Energy Data Accelerator which is working to help multitenant building
owners secure access to aggregated whole-building energy consumption data
so they can benchmark their buildings.
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