Better Buildings

Developing Innovative, Replicable Market Solutions

Better Buildings Challenge
Leadership challenge to CEOs, university presidents, state and local government leaders, manufacturers, multifamily housing, and building owners to commit their organizations to 20% energy savings in 10 years and to lead the market by sharing their solutions.

Better Plants Program
Better Plants partners with leading manufacturers and water utilities to improve energy efficiency and competitiveness in the industrial sector. Through Better Plants, partners voluntarily set a specific goal, typically to reduce energy intensity by 25% over a 10-year period across all U.S. operations.

Better Buildings Alliance
Over 200 organizations have joined this program to promote energy efficiency in commercial buildings through collaboration with building owners, operators, and managers. Alliance members partner with DOE technical experts to identify gaps and work needed to accelerate the adoption of greater energy efficiency.

Better Buildings Accelerators
Better Buildings Accelerators are designed to demonstrate specific innovative policies and approaches that will accelerate investment in energy efficiency upon successful demonstration. Each Accelerator is a targeted, short-term, partner-focused activity designed to address persistent barriers that stand in the way of efficiency.

ISO 50001
50001 Ready's award-winning program enables organizations to implement an energy management system (EnMS) that aligns to the international ISO 50001:2018 energy management standard. The program helps identify energy and capital savings and establish data-driven processes to ensure scalable savings that persist.

Home Energy Score
A tool to help homeowners and homebuyers understand how much energy a home is expected to use and to provide suggestions for improving its energy efficiency. The Home Energy Score is based on a standard assessment of energy-related assets to easily compare energy use across the housing market.

Better Buildings Residential Network
350+ member organizations focused on accelerating the pace of energy upgrades in existing homes by sharing best practices and learning from one another. The Better Buildings Residential Network connects energy-efficiency programs and partners to increase the number of energy-efficient homes.

Demonstrating Market Leadership

Together, participants in the Better Buildings Initiative have saved nearly 1.8 quadrillion Btu of energy and $11 billion since the program began. View the latest Progress Report.

Partnering with DOE’s National Labs to Advance Emerging Building Technologies

Technology Research Teams
Led by experts from DOE's national labs, our Technology Research Teams analyze the latest research and development on a range of building technologies with the goal of providing market-ready solutions to partners.

Technology Campaigns
Better Buildings technology campaigns, led by DOE’s national labs, aim to accelerate the adoption of efficient building technologies by providing technical assistance, resources, and guidance on implementation best practices.

National Labs Innovation Portal
Through the national labs' user facilities, independent groups can take advantage of equipment and facilities in order to advance their own understanding and work. Interested parties are encouraged to reach out to relevant user facility contacts. Learn about the various methods to work with the labs and which one may be right for you.

What’s New

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Are you a U.S.-based manufacturing company or industrial-scale energy user? Find out how to get involved in Better Plants and the Better Plants Challenge.

Learn how to join the Better Buildings Alliance as a partner or an affiliate.

Better Buildings, Better Plants Summit

Get the latest updates on the Summit, from agendas and registration to speakers and special events.

Want to attend? Learn more and view past presentations.

Meet our Better Buildings and Better Plants Goal Achievers – recognized every year at the Summit.

Other Resources

Water Savings Initiative

Home Energy Score

ISO 50001, SEP 50001, 50001 Ready

CHP Deployment and Technical Assistance

Better Buildings Residential Network