U.S. DOE Building Technologies Office Launches the Better Buildings Residential Network

On April 30, 2013, U.S. Department of Energy’s Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency, Kathleen Hogan, announced the launch of the Better Buildings Residential Network at the ACI National Home Performance Conference and Leadership Summit in Denver, Colorado. The Better Buildings Residential Network connects energy efficiency programs and partners to share best practices and learn from each other to dramatically increase the number of American homes that are energy efficient.

Better Buildings Since 2010, the Building Technologies Office’s Better Buildings Neighborhood Program, its partners, and Home Performance with ENERGY STAR Sponsors and their partners have leveraged over $1 billion in federal funding and local resources to build more energy efficient communities. These programs have saved Americans money, created jobs and lowered greenhouse gas emissions.

The Building Technologies Office is now expanding this network of residential energy efficiency programs and partners to new members. The new Better Buildings Residential Network is engaging energy efficiency programs, state and local governments, financial institutions, nonprofits, universities, utilities, and other organizations to accelerate the pace of upgrades in American homes.

Inaugural members of the Better Buildings Residential Network include: AFC First, Austin Energy, Boulder County, Clean Energy Durham, Clean Energy Works, CNT Energy, City & County of Denver, GTECH Strategies, LEAP (Local Energy Alliance Program), Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, Michigan Saves, Mountain Association for Community Economic Development (MACED), and the New York State Energy Research & Development Authority (NYSERDA).

Members benefit immediately by receiving access to monthly topical phone calls with their peers about residential energy efficiency strategies. Recent calls have discussed business partners and workforce development, driving demand, evaluation & data collection, financing, moderate- and low-income markets, program sustainability and revenue streams, along with other topics based on member requests. Additional member benefits include tools, templates, resources, and proven solutions shared by members, newsletter and other updates on residential energy efficiency trends, opportunities to be featured in U.S. Department of Energy materials and optional program benchmarking.

The Better Buildings Residential Network members provide the Building Technologies Office with an annual update of the number of residential energy efficiency upgrades completed in their sphere of influence, and share information about the benefits associated with completed upgrades. The data will be used by the Building Technologies Office and Better Buildings Residential Network members to run more effective programs, understand the impact of member efforts, and to promote the benefits of residential energy efficiency upgrades.

For more information, visit the Better Buildings Residential Network or email bbresidentialnetwork@ee.doe.gov.

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