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4 Years of Building Energy Efficiency Across America

White House, May 27, 2015. Image credit: ronymichaud

Cutting energy waste was a common sense solution when President Obama launched the Better Buildings program in 2011 — with the goal of improving the energy use of our nation’s commercial, industrial, residential, and public buildings by 20 percent over 10 years — and it still is. In fact, four years later, we have made tremendous progress.

  • We are on track to meet our energy savings goal. Leaders from schools, universities, hospitals, industry, cities, towns, commercial real estate, hotels, food service — across tens of thousands of buildings — are reducing energy consumption by more than 2 percent per year — right on target for 20 percent.
  • More than $10 billion has been committed to greater efficiency, with more than $4.5 billion invested in projects and $840 million saved since the program launched.
  • The number of Better Buildings Challenge partners has grown to more than 250 public and private organizations representing more than 3.5 billion square feet, 650 manufacturing plants, $5.5 billion in financing investments and one hundred multifamily housing partners.
  • Partners have avoided 5.8 million metric tons of carbon emissions — doing their part in the fight against climate change.
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