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DOE Launches Alliance to Reduce Energy Consumption of Buildings

On April 9, top executives from 19 commercial real estate companies and U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) officials launched its Commercial Real Estate Energy Alliance (CREEA), a public- private-partnership designed to explore ways to increase the energy efficiency of new buildings.

Commercial real estate owners and operators have volunteered to work together with DOE to make lasting change in the energy consumption of commercial real estate buildings in the U.S.  Currently, commercial buildings account for 18 percent of the nation’s energy consumption and carbon dioxide emissions.

CREEA links building owners and operators with applicable research and technologies being developed at DOE’s National Laboratories. It is the second energy alliance launched by the Department of Energy in the commercial buildings sector. The Retailer Energy Alliance, with members such as Walmart, Target and Macy’s, was launched in 2008.

These commercial energy alliances serve as national forums to share best practices and practical experiences in energy efficiency.  For instance, the Retailer Energy Alliance has held two supplier summits where building owners, operators, and suppliers worked on solutions for achieving dramatic energy reductions.  The alliances also serve as a collective buying voice for the industry to encourage building material suppliers to create more energy efficient equipment.

CREEA and the Retailer Energy Alliance are part of the Department’s Net-Zero Energy Commercial Building Initiative (CBI), which aims to achieve market-ready, zero-energy commercial buildings by 2025.  CBI also includes a National Laboratory Collaborative on building technologies, concentrating the efforts of five National Laboratories on the Net-Zero energy goal, and the Commercial Building National Accounts, which conducts cost-shared research, development and deployment for new building technologies among major national companies.
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