On May 23rd, SuperGreen Solutions of the Charlotte Mid-Atlantic Region attended a private meeting held by the U.S. Department of Energy reviewing over the Better Buildings Challenge, the program’s successes, and how other businesses and institutions can replicate successful models.
Launched by President Obama in 2011, the Better Buildings Challenge was created with the goal to improve the efficiency of commercial, institutional, and multifamily buildings by 20% or more over the next 10 years.
The U.S. spends $600 billion each year to power homes, industrial plants and buildings. These energy costs can be reduced by 20% or more through a number of energy efficiency measures and approaches. After 10 years, this could result in a savings of more than $80 billion per year in energy costs, along with increasing building quality, savings, and job growth.
Now, 3 years after the Better Building Challenge was announced, the U.S. Department of Energy is able work with market leaders to develop innovative, replicable solutions, and make energy efficiency investment easier through better information, a skilled clean energy workforce, and improved federal initiatives. “We want business owners to get the most out of this program,” says Maria Vargas, Director of the Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Challenge.
Thomas Hsiao, President of the SuperGreen Solutions of the Charlotte Mid-Atlantic Region, added, “We truly appreciate the DOE taking time to keep us updated on the progress of the Better Buildings Challenge. With companies, such as Wal-mart having such a large number of square footage across the U.S. joining the challenge, this brings our collected efforts to a whole new level. Here at SuperGreen Solutions, we hope to engage more of our commercial neighbors in this worthy cause.”