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 165 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.

Together, participants in the Better Buildings Initiative have saved over 2.2 quadrillion Btu of energy and more than $13 billion since the program began. View the latest Progress Report.

Technology Field Validation
DOE is committed to advancing the use of innovative technologies through robust testing, measurement verification, and dissemination of findings. Learn about completed and ongoing field validations in occupied, operational buildings.

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.

Workforce Development is essential to advance the American job force in step with technological progress. Through Better Buildings, DOE works with organizations to support and grow our energy-efficiency workforce by connecting to training, education, and job opportunities. Learn more.

What’s New

Through the Better Buildings, Better Plants Low Carbon Pilot, DOE is working with industry leaders to explore and demonstrate different pathways for achieving low carbon emissions in buildings and manufacturing facilities.

The Better Buildings Solution Center features partner-tested and proven solutions – find the answers you need today.

Keep up with the latest news and announcements from Better Buildings and our partners.

Sign up for free webinars with Better Buildings partners, technology experts from the national labs, and more.

Watch on-demand webinars to explore topics ranging from air management to resilience and beyond.


Subscribe to Better Buildings newsletters including the Better Buildings Bulletin.

We look forward to hearing your comments and questions about the Better Buildings Initiative.

Are you a building owner, operator, or manager interested in joining the Better Buildings Challenge? Click here!

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

Watch the 2021 Summit presentations, plenaries, and special events. Get the latest updates.

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

Learn more about the Summit and view past presentations.

Other Resources

Waste Reduction Pilot

Water Savings Initiative

Home Energy Score

ISO 50001, SEP 50001, 50001 Ready

CHP Deployment and Technical Assistance

Better Buildings Residential Network