U.S. Department of Energy Announces Big Numbers for Better Buildings Challenge

Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Energy released its 2017 Better Buildings Progress Report, which highlighted how well the Better Buildings Challenge has done so far to increase energy efficiency in building space across the country. The Better Buildings Challenge includes more than 345 organizations that have planned to make energy efficiency a priority. In total, the goal of the program is to improve the efficiency of American commercial, institutional, multi-family residential buildings, and industrial plants by more than 20 percent over the next decade.

This year, the U.S. Department of Energy was happy to announce that the program so far has led to a combined 240 trillion BTUs and an estimated $1.9 billion in cumulative energy and cost savings. You can read the official statement from the U.S. Department of Energy here to learn more about the results and read a quote from U.S. Secretary of Energy, Rick Perry, about the progress report. According to the report, the program is well on its way to meeting its goal.

Participating organizations must agree to the following steps in order to be a part of the program:

  • Conducting an energy efficiency assessment of buildings and developing an energy savings goal.
  • Creating an energy efficiency plan to achieve long-lasting savings.
  • Reporting accurate data that showcases energy savings.

As CEO of LRI Energy Solutions, Stephen Troese Jr. is committed to helping organizations achieve greater energy efficiency and is happy with the results achieved so far in the Better Buildings Challenge. LRI Energy Solutions has worked in a variety of industries, from federal projects to retail initiatives, providing organizations with decades of experience and proven, detail-oriented methods for success.