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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.

July 25, 2017
Typical Building Upgrade Projects Save Money by Integrating Efficiency Improvements
Reducing energy consumption by improving the efficiency of commercial buildings has progressively become standard practice.
July 20, 2017
NextEnergy Efforts Support Small Business Growth in Michigan
Cleantech start-ups and entrepreneurs help drive economic growth and competitiveness through job creation and technology development.
June 1, 2017
Fix Your Building … in a Box!
After several years of work, the CBI and ET teams partnering with the labs have licensed the manufacture of a new product, the Sensor Suitcase.
May 26, 2017
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The AABC Commissioning Group’s Commissioning Authority Certification Receives DOE Recognition
The AABC Commissioning Group (ACG), a nonprofit association supporting commissioning professionals, recently received recognition by DOE.
May 24, 2017
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Improving Air Quality with Advanced Technology
Uncertainty is a significant barrier to market for new technologies.
May 15, 2017
CBI Investigates the Financial Performance of Energy-Efficient, High-Performance Office Buildings
Evidence has shown that owning and operating energy-efficient, high-performance properties is a sound investment strategy.
March 30, 2017
Lucid Leverages DOE Tools and Small Business Program to Deliver Enhanced Energy Data Services
Oakland-based Lucid leveraged DOE’s Building Performance Database and Small Business Voucher program to develop a free energy benchmarking service.
January 17, 2017
simuwatt® Energy Auditor uses a software guided mobile workflow and cloud-based collaboration and analysis to reduce the cost of auditing and modeling existing commercial buildings by 25%. Developed with technical assistance from NREL, simuwatt® leverages DOE’s open-source modeling tools EnergyPlus and OpenStudio. Image: simuwatt.
simuwatt Relaunches Energy Auditor
After a successful Department of Defense (DoD) Environmental Security Technology Certification Program (ESTCP) prototype and pilot, Denver-based si...
December 14, 2016
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Success Story: 2030 Districts Helps Small Commercial Businesses Save Money Through Energy Efficiency Upgrades

Launched by Architecture 2030, the 2030 Districts program focuses on supporting major metropolitan areas in their endeavors to work towards the...

November 21, 2016
Helping Businesses Achieve Energy Savings in Tenant Spaces

The returns on investment jump off the page like a 3D movie, ranging from 42% to a whopping 410%. They are the energy saving results from 10 pilot...

November 18, 2016
Health and Well-Being in the Built Environment

This year’s Greenbuild International Conference and Expo saw continuation of the “health and well-being” theme as related to the built environment...

November 17, 2016
A New Era for Energy Efficiency M&V

We know that measuring and verifying energy savings, affectionately known as M&V, is important. But, when you consider that 1-5% of total...

October 27, 2016
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Myth-Busting Barriers Associated with Plug Load Controls
Plug and process loads (PPLs) consume about one-third of primary energy in U.S. commercial buildings.
October 24, 2016
BEDES Adoption Continues to Grow and New Version Released
In order to consistently exchange information on building characteristics and energy use data between tools and databases, several organizations ha...
October 3, 2016
BetterBricks Leverages DOE Tools to Spark Deep Energy Retrofits
NEEA is using EnergyPlus and OpenStudio to help drive building renewal.
September 19, 2016
The Building Performance Database Has Grown to Nearly 1 Million Buildings
The BPD has expanded to include data from over 950,000 commercial and residential buildings.
August 18, 2016
Financing Energy Efficiency in Retail

Driving the reduction of energy consumption and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions through efficiency projects in the retail sector can be difficult,...

August 12, 2016
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UC Berkeley Captures Energy Savings by Empowering Building Operators
University campuses are a treasure trove of energy efficiency opportunities, as their facilities teams will tell you. The challenge is not in ident...
August 4, 2016
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Excitement around the Data Surge App Showcase

The Data Surge App Showcase during this year’s Better Buildings Summit was filled with excitement as attendees were given the opportunity to vote...

July 11, 2016
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DOE Campaign Proves Commercial Lighting Upgrades Drive Savings
The Interior Lighting Campaign (Campaign) has seen tremendous success since its inception with over 160 leading organizations signing on.
July 6, 2016
Transformation of the Built Environment by 2030
Architecture 2030 has been lauded by industry and collaborative colleagues alike for its development and implementation of key strategies to reduce...
June 15, 2016
All Stars of the Better Buildings Summit
This year’s Better Buildings Summit was filled with the announcement of several exceptional milestones and Partner achievements. U.S. Energy Secr...
June 13, 2016
Groundbreaking Partnership with CoStar Adds Visibility to Energy Performance
On May 26, Better Buildings announced an historic partnership with The CoStar Group.
May 31, 2016
Back row, left to right: Bartlomiej Walentynski (Tiffany & Co.), Joshua Yiangou (REI), Tanvi Umarje (Express), Brad Waters (Under Armour), Lisa Lieberbaum (PVH). Front row, left to right: Nitin Raviprasad (Best Buy), Lillian Mirviss (The Gap), Shuvya Arakali (American Eagle Outfitters), Linh Tran (Guitar Center).
DOE Participates in EDF Climate Corps Training
DOE was pleased to help Better Buildings Alliance affiliate Environmental Defense Fund prepare a new class of Climate Corps fellows.
May 24, 2016
Energy Efficiency as an Asset in Mortgage Underwriting
Securing funding for energy efficiency projects within the commercial sector is difficult due to the perceived risk by lending institutions.