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DOE Releases Better Buildings Report

The U.S. Dept. of Energy has released the 2018 Better Buildings Annual Progress Report. This report  highlights the latest accomplishments, strategies, and solutions of the more than 900 organizations working with the Department of Energy (DOE) to collaboratively drive innovation in the marketplace.

NAR is involved in this process by being a part of the Accelerator Program and educating REALTORS® about the importance of energy efficiency in buildings and tracking efficiency data.

A few highlights from this year’s report:

  • More than 350 Better Buildings Challenge partners have saved more than $3 billion since the program began. Partners have also saved more than 6 billion gallons of water and financial allies have extended more than $12 billion for efficiency projects.
  • More than 200 partners are working with DOE on 9 different Accelerators targeting topics like clean energy for low income communities, combined heat and power for resiliency, energy efficiency in wastewater treatment plants, and improved home energy upgrade programs.
  • Better Buildings Alliance partners are working with DOE to drive adoption of new technologies and identify key areas of opportunity for expanding early stage research and development.
  • Nearly 200 manufacturing partners are working with DOE through the Better Plants program and have saved more than $4 billion to date.

2018 Better Buildings Annual Progress Report