An Overview of the U.S. Better Buildings Initiative as a Model for Other Countries

An Overview of the U.S. Better Buildings Initiative as a Model for Other Countries

TitleAn Overview of the U.S. Better Buildings Initiative as a Model for Other Countries
Publication TypeReport
Year of Publication2017
AuthorsXu Liu, Jing Ge, Wei Feng, Nan Zhou
KeywordsBetter Buildings Alliance, Better Buildings Challenge, Better Buildings Initiative
Abstract

In the United States, residential and commercial buildings consumed about 27% and 19% of total primary energy in 2016, respectively. Improving the energy efficiency of buildings is of great importance in creating jobs, saving money, reducing dependence on foreign oil and improving air quality. The Better Buildings (BB) Initiative, aimed at reducing energy intensity in the commercial, residential and industrial sectors by 20% by 2020, is one of the national leadership initiatives that help achieve this goal.This report offers a comprehensive overview of the U.S. BB Initiative, including the program structure, management and implementation. The report also summarizes lessons learned for a U.S. audience and offers approaches that might be replicated in China and elsewhere.

LBNL Report Number

LBNL-2001091