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Better Buildings Alliance

Program Name: Better Buildings Alliance
Program Sponsor: U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)
Program Type:          Information Sharing/ Technical Support
Technology:               Energy Efficiency/ Demand Response
Fuel:                        Fuel Neutral
Eligibility:  Commercial buildings owners and operators
Cost: None


Through the Better Buildings Alliance, the Department of Energy brings together commercial building leaders to develop and share innovative and cost-effective solutions to advance energy efficiency. Alliance members partner with DOE technical experts to identify gaps and work needed to accelerate the adoption of greater energy efficiency. Issues Alliance members are working on today include resilience, workforce development, field verification of emerging technologies, and more.


The Alliance includes more than 190 organizations, representing over 11 billion commercial square feet across 5 key market sectors: commercial real estate, healthcare, higher education, hospitality, and retail, food service, and grocery.

Interested commercial building owners and operators are eligible to become Partners, while non-profits, efficiency NGOs, and trade organizations that represent sectors covered by the Better Buildings Alliance may be eligible to join as Affiliates.

How the Program Works

By joining, Partners agree to:

Commit: Assign a company representative who is authorized to represent your organization in the Better Buildings Alliance. Share your organization-wide energy savings goals, encouraged to be a multi-year goal saving 2% of energy annually.

Act: Work to achieve your goals and monitor progress through publicly available tools, such as the ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager. Participate in at least one workgroup or activity, such as a sector-specific workgroup or a cross-cutting or technology-specific effort/group (i.e., the development or implementation of new specifications for an innovative technology).

Share: Share your successes and help other members replicate your results. On an annual basis provide an update on your energy savings and progress toward meeting your goals.

In return, the U.S. DOE agrees to:

Assist: Provide information and energy efficiency implementation models to help members improve the energy performance of their building portfolios, as well as work with members to create new resources to help them overcome efficiency challenges and increase the availability of highly efficient products and technologies.

Connect: Provide a neutral, third-party platform for sector peers to address common challenges, and connect members with Financial Allies for financing solutions.

Inform: Keep members informed through regular communications and webinar series.

Provide access to DOE and trusted third-party information and technical resources.

How to Apply

Interested applicants may apply online.

Contact Information

To request an invitation to join, email the Alliance at