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Welcome to Uptake: The CBI Blog. Here you'll find news from the Energy Department's Commercial Buildings Integration (CBI) program and partners.

February 6, 2020
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Releases Draft Toolkits for Commercial Buildings
The toolkits provide step-by-step information on the technology packages from project applicability checklists to operations and maintenance manuals.
September 11, 2019
Better Buildings Adds New Resources to Help Institutions Finance Energy Efficiency Improvements
The U.S. Department of Energy released a new Better Buildings Initiative resource, the Healthcare Financing Primer.
June 25, 2019
New Advanced Energy Design Guide Published for High Performance Offices
ASHRAE has released the "Advanced Energy Design Guide (AEDG) for Small to Medium Office Buildings: Achieving Zero Energy."
May 2, 2019
New DOE Research Strengthens Business Case for Building Commissioning
Building commissioning remains a cost-effective way to improve the operation of your building while lowering energy use and mitigating other risks.
March 28, 2018
Supporting Small Business Growth through Energy Improvements
Often located in small- to medium-sized buildings, small businesses face a common barrier to maximizing economic growth – energy costs.
March 26, 2018
LBNL Leads Dialogue with Commercial Owners on Implementing Smart Technologies
Numerous barriers persist to widespread uptake and implementation of smart building technologies.
March 16, 2018
Helping Local Governments Put Data to Work
To help city staff and program administrators manage energy data, IIMT recently released the Putting Data to Work toolkit.
February 22, 2018
Retrofitting as Pathway to Affordable Housing
It's no surprise that aging properties are in desperate need of improvements given that nearly 60% of multifamily buildings were built before 1980.
February 20, 2018
Largest Home Improvement Retailer Focuses on Renewable Energy
Paying for energy projects is a persistent barrier especially in the retail sector. Learn what The Home Depot did.
February 15, 2018
Earn Recognition by the Department of Energy
The Interior Lighting Campaign is accepting applications for its 2018 recognition cycle.
February 12, 2018
Earn Recognition from the Department of Energy
The Smart Energy Analytics Campaign is accepting applications for its spring 2018 recognition cycle.
February 7, 2018
The Roadmap to Successful Energy Proposals
There are a variety of challenges that energy projects face in the path to implementation, not the least of which is navigating the approvals process.
February 2, 2018
LEEP Campaign Concludes with Strong Validation that High Energy Efficiency Parking Lighting is Ready for Prime Time
Today's lighting technology quickly pays for itself by cutting energy costs up to 70% and can potentially eliminate up to 90% of maintenance costs.
January 11, 2018
Advanced Rooftop Unit (RTU) Campaign Awards – 2018 Applications Open!
The awards will reflect the campaign’s new focus by including categories for intelligent controls and automated fault detection and diagnostics.
December 14, 2017
Opportunity in Local Resiliency Efforts
Cities across the U.S. are working to slash energy waste, save money for citizens, and improve the overall quality of life in their communities.
December 11, 2017
Hear Ye, Hear Ye – The Advanced RTU Campaign has a New Focus on Intelligent Controls and Automated Fault Detection and Diagnostics
The focus of the RTU Campaign has been encouraging high-efficiency RTU improvements in commercial buildings through the replacement of old RTUs.
December 4, 2017
New Research to Bolster the Business Case for Energy Efficient Buildings
Advocates for the development of high-performing, energy efficient buildings understand the hurdles that come along with proving the business case.
November 3, 2017
Making the Business Case for High-Performance Buildings
The Institute for Market Transformation has created The Business Case for High-Performance Building, a course for real estate brokerage professionals.
October 26, 2017
Green Lease Leaders Releases Program Enhancements
Commercial buildings consume approximately 20 percent of all energy in the U.S. with tenants occupying 50 percent of commercial building space.
October 23, 2017
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LEEP Campaign Participants Awarded for Significant Energy and Cost Savings in Commercial Sector
The energy used for lighting parking facilities is equal to the annual energy use of more than 10 million homes!
October 13, 2017
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Smart Energy Analytics Campaign Recognizes Exemplary Participants
In an age where advanced buildings stream a wide range of actionable data through tools like building automation systems and...
September 15, 2017
2017 Better Buildings Summit Top Presentations: #3 Beyond Widgets - Racking Up Savings from Systems Approaches to Building Performance
How can we use energy savings measures, big data from buildings and strategic investment planning to capture 20-30% more building energy savings?
September 13, 2017
Two ASHRAE Certification Programs Receive DOE Recognition
Two ASHRAE certification programs, the Building Commissioning Professional (BCxP) and the Building Energy Assessment Professional (BEAP), recently rec
August 21, 2017
BPD Crashes the One Million Mark!
Over one million buildings have energy and asset data entered into the Building Performance Database (BPD)!
August 14, 2017
ComEd Adopts DOE Accelerate Performance Pilot as Official New Construction Program Offering
Recent innovations in the procurement approach for new construction buildings developed by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have been s