31 May '12, 11am

The Better Buildings Challenge: Putting facilities on an energy diet: Just as with a weight-loss diet, building

The Better Buildings Challenge: Putting facilities on an energy diet: Just as with a weight-loss diet, building

How can the sustainability world best brand more energy-efficient buildings without focusing solely on cost savings? That is the quintessential challenge of the recently launched Better Buildings Challenge by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). After its first year, the initial 60 participating organizations appear to be off to a smooth start; but using 20 percent less energy throughout their entire stock of facilities by 2020 will be no small task. Then again, some companies are angling for even-greater savings. And therein may be the appeal of the Better Buildings Challenge. If building owners and employers value sustainability, increasingly they will want to create and work, in buildings that meet -- and continue to meet or exceed -- ambitious criteria. The more desirable a building is as a place to work or serve whatever role it plays in civil society, the more compet...

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