Announcing Better Buildings, Better Plants

December 6, 2011

The U.S. Department of Energy's Industrial Technologies Program recently changed its name to the Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO). Along with this name change, AMO is now pursuing a revitalized mission as the lead government office working to identify, explore, develop, demonstrate, and deploy new, energy-efficient processes and materials technologies that will help U.S. manufacturers secure a competitive advantage in the global economy. Collectively, AMO's technologies and suite of technology deployment resources create opportunities for U.S. manufacturers to realize bankable results in productivity and energy savings while also reducing carbon emissions.

In addition to the name change, AMO has formally transitioned its Save Energy Now LEADER initiative to the Better Buildings, Better Plants Program, which is part of the broader Better Buildings Challenge announced last week by President Obama. The Better Buildings Challenge is designed to support job creation by catalyzing private-sector investment in commercial building and industrial facility energy upgrades to make America's buildings 20% more efficient over the next decade, reducing energy costs for American businesses by nearly $40 billion. In all, 60 public, private, and nonprofit organizations are participating in the Better Buildings Challenge, representing 1.6 billion square feet of facility space and $2 billion of financial commitments. Nine industrial firms, representing more than 300 manufacturing plants, are part of the inaugural class of Better Buildings, Better Plants Challenge Partners. For more information, visit the Better Buildings Challenge website.

The 100-plus companies that previously participated in Save Energy Now LEADER will now be known as Better Buildings, Better Plants Program Partners and will maintain their ambitious 10-year, 25% energy intensity improvement targets. For more information on this transition, or if you are interested in becoming a Program Partner, see the revised AMO website.

If you have any questions about the Better Buildings, Better Plants Program, or if you require additional information, please contact AMO at BetterPlants@ee.doe.gov.