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Better Buildings Challenge

Program Name: Better Buildings Challenge
Program Sponsor: U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)
Program Type:          Information Sharing/ Technical Support
Technology:               Energy Efficiency/ Demand Response
Fuel:                        Fuel Neutral  
Eligibility:  Public, private, Buildings’ owners, operators, and other stakeholders from key sectors
Cost: None


The Better Buildings Challenge is a pledge taken by building owners, operators, and other stakeholders to reduce energy use throughout their portfolios by at least 20% over 10 years. Participants partner with DOE’s network of technical and industry experts to develop innovative cost-effective energy solutions and receive recognition for their building’s leadership and innovation.


Better Buildings Challenge partners come from 9 key market sectors: commercial, data centers, financial services, higher education, industrial, K-12 schools, local government, multifamily housing, and state government.

How the Program Works

Partners agree to conduct an energy efficiency assessment of their building portfolio and pledge an organization-wide energy savings goal. They then must showcase an energy efficiency project and implement a plan to achieve lasting energy savings. Partners must report results by sharing cost-effective approaches for saving energy and performance data that demonstrate their success.

In turn, the U.S. DOE provides expert technical assistance and energy efficiency solution development assistance, connects partners with a network of allies (including financial organizations) that can help them achieve their energy savings pledge, and publicly recognizes partners for achieving energy and cost savings and applying innovative energy efficiency solutions.

How to Apply

If your organization is interested in learning more or joining the Better Buildings Challenge, please send an email to

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