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The Better Buildings Alliance is a DOE effort to promote energy efficiency in U.S. commercial buildings through collaboration with building leaders (owners, operators, and managers). Members of the Better Buildings Alliance commit to addressing energy efficiency needs in their buildings by setting energy savings goals and developing and sharing 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.

The Better Buildings Alliance has grown to include more than 230 members, representing over 11 billion commercial square feet across five key market sectors: commercial real estate, healthcare, higher education, hospitality, and retail, food service, and grocery. Members agree to participate in at least one Alliance activity each year and share their successes with their peers, while DOE commits to connect members with technical resources and provide a platform for peer exchange. Members bring their powerful insights and industry experience in affiliation with DOE technical experts to develop and demonstrate innovative, cost-effective, and energy-saving technologies and market practices. Together, they catalyze innovation—releasing performance specifications and best practice guidelines for members to deploy.

As a cornerstone of President Obama's Climate Action Plan, the Better Buildings Alliance aims to make commercial, public, industrial, and residential buildings 20 percent more energy efficient over the next decade. This means saving billions of dollars on energy bills, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and creating thousands of jobs. Through the Better Buildings Alliance, public and private sector organizations across the country are working together to share and replicate positive gains in energy efficiency and catalyze change and investment in energy efficiency. Read more about Better Buildings partner results and the innovative solutions being shared with others in the Better Buildings Solution Center.