DOE forms buildings' alliance focused on energy efficiency
The Dept. of Energy and several major commercial real estate institutions formed an alliance focusing on energy efficiency in commercial buildings.
Dept. of Energy (DOE) and 19 commercial real estate companies launched the
Commercial Real Estate Energy Alliance (CREEA) to dramatically reduce the
commercial building sector's energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.
Currently, commercial buildings account for 18% of the nation's energy
consumption and carbon dioxide emissions.
CREEA will link building owners and operators with
applicable research and technologies being developed at DOE's National
Laboratories. CREEA is the second energy alliance launched by the DOE in the
commercial buildings sector-the Retailer Energy Alliance; with members such as
Walmart, Target, and Macy's, was launched in 2008.
"The deployment of new energy efficient technologies and
adoption by both public and private sectors are vital to achieving substantial
change in building energy use throughout the U.S.," said Scott Hine, acting
program manager of DOE's Building Technologies Program. "This collaboration will help speed the
adoption of high-performance, energy-efficient buildings by the commercial real
Energy alliances serve as national forums to share best
practices and practical experiences in energy efficiency. For example, the Retailer Energy Alliance hosts two supplier summits where building owners,
operators, and suppliers work on solutions for achieving significant energy
reductions. The alliances will also serve as a collective buying voice for the
industry to encourage building material suppliers to create more energy
CREEA and the Retailer Energy Alliance are part of the DOE'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, which concentrates the efforts of five
National Laboratories on the Net-Zero energy goals. The CBI also uses the
Commercial Building National Accounts, which conducts cost-shared research,
development and deployment for new building technologies among major national
The CREEA Steering Committee has been responsible for
setting the goals and direction for the alliance. The committee includes:
- U.S. General
Real Estate Company
Walt Disney Co.
Hotel and Resorts
Hotel and Lodging Assn.
Owners and Managers Assn.
Engineering Society of North America
Council of Shopping Centers
Assn. of Industrial and Office Properties