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Take Action to Save Energy in Commercial Buildings

Commercial building owners, operators and tenants can start saving energy today and use those cost savings for other critical parts of their businesses. The Building Technologies Office offers Commercial Buildings Resource Database and opportunities to partner with peers and technical experts.

Manage Organizational Energy Use

Photo of participants listening to a speaker at the Commercial Building Energy Alliances Executive Exchange with Commercial Building Stakeholders forum at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colorado, on May 24, 2012.Managing energy by creating a culture of efficiency throughout an organization can result in significant energy and monetary savings.

Credit: Dennis Schroeder, NREL PIX 20913

 

   

  

Design and Construct a New Building

Photo of NREL's Research  Support Facility under construction, with two workers straddling I-beams.There is a great opportunity to optimize energy efficiency at the start of the construction process, and pursuing this opportunity increases the options available that lead to an efficient building.

Credit: Pat Corkery, NREL PIX 16440

 

   

 

Improve Operations and Maintenance

Photo of an equipment room in a high-rise commercial office building with red and green equipment.Effective operations and maintenance is one of the most cost-effective strategies for ensuring optimal equipment performance and the highest level of building efficiency.

Credit: Dennis Schroeder, NREL PIX 19294

 

 

    

Retrofit an Existing Building

Photo of the Denver skyline with Wells Fargo Center building in the center of the image and the Rocky Mountains in the background.Commercial buildings waste up to 30% of the energy they consume. Upgrading an existing building to reduce that waste is an opportunity to improve building performance and add value to your company.

Credit: Downtown Denver Partnership

 

 

Find Financing for Energy Efficiency Upgrades

Photo of a block in lower downtown Denver that is part of Living City Block, a DOE Commercial Building Partnerships participant.Multiple financing opportunities exist for energy efficiency improvements, including tax credits, grants, rebates, loans, leasing, and other approaches.

Credit: Dennis Schroeder, NREL