The Better Buildings Initiative is a national leadership initiative calling on corporate chief executive officers, university presidents, utilities, state and local officials, and other leaders to make substantial commitments to improve the energy efficiency of their buildings and plants, save money, and increase competitiveness. The cornerstones are a commitment to a 20% or more savings target across the organizations’ portfolios and a commitment to share strategies that work, substantiated by energy data across the portfolios. As part of the President's Climate Action Plan, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is expanding this initiative to engage leaders in a set of Better Buildings Accelerators designed to demonstrate specific innovative policies and approaches, which upon successful demonstration will accelerate investment in energy efficiency.
For a list of Accelerator Partners, click here.
The Industrial Superior Energy Performance (SEP) Accelerator is designed to demonstrate cost savings from implementing SEP enterprise-wide, as well as to demonstrate strategic energy management through SEP as an effective ratepayer-funded energy efficiency program offering for industrial facilities. There are two engagement opportunities: Ratepayer-funded Program Partners are utilities and energy efficiency program administrators that agree to work towards deployment of SEP to manufacturers across their service territories. Enterprise-wide offers Partners an opportunity to implement International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 50001 and SEP enterprise-wide, such as across a corporation, business unit, or multiple plants to achieve greater energy cost savings.
Ratepayer-funded Program Partners
The Energy Data Accelerator is designed to demonstrate low-cost, standardized approaches for providing energy data for the purpose of whole building energy performance benchmarking. Partners in the Accelerator are utilities and local governments who want to help building owners to get access to whole-building energy usage data for the purposes of benchmarking commercial buildings. Partners agree to demonstrate streamlined, best-practice approaches for building owners to access whole-building energy usage data―with a specific focus on providing building owners with aggregated energy usage information in multi-tenant buildings.
The Performance Contracting Accelerator is designed to expand the use of performance contracting by federal, state, and local governments, K-12 schools, and others. The Performance Contracting Accelerator aims to catalyze public sector energy efficiency investments of $2 billion from January 2013 to December 2016 through the use of innovative and best practice approaches to enhance performance contracting programs. It will establish these approaches over this period and maintain them for the long term.