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Atlanta Better Buildings Challenge

Atlanta Better Buildings Challenge

Atlanta Better Buildings Challenge

Last year, buildings used roughly 40 percent of the energy in the U.S. economy at a cost of over $400 billion. Through a variety of efficiency improvements and proven approaches, we can make these buildings more energy efficient and better places to live and work while creating jobs and building a stronger economy.

The Atlanta Better Buildings Challenge (ABBC) is a free voluntary initiative that challenges building stakeholders to demonstrate cost-effective strategies for reducing building energy and water consumption, with the goal of reducing energy consumption and water consumption by 20 percent by 2020. Program participants can benefit from reduced utility costs, fewer maintenance calls, improved tenant retention and public recognition. Through conservation measures like lighting retrofits and HVAC upgrades, business for local service providers and installers are created - boosting the local economy as well as providing sales revenue to distributors and manufacturers of efficient products. Since 2011, the ABBC Program has created or sustained approximately 273 jobs. 

Building Participants commit to:

Reduce energy and water by 20 percent by 2020

Track utility consumption, benchmark building performance and report progress

Document planned or recently implemented projects and results

Share strategies used to achieve energy and water goals

The Atlanta Better Buildings Challenge provides free:

Guidance and resources dedicated to the achievement of 20 percent reduction goals

Technical assistance to facilitate utility tracking and benchmarking using ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager®

Events, education and training for best practices in water and energy efficiency

National and local recognition for participants

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