Atlanta Better Buildings Challenge

The buildings in which we work and live use roughly 40% 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.

In February 2011, President Obama, building upon the investments of the Recovery Act, announced the Better Buildings Initiative to make commercial buildings 20% more energy and water efficient by 2020 and accelerate private sector investment in energy efficiency.

CEOs, University Presidents, state and local government leaders and others are challenged to commit their organizations to lead in saving energy, saving money, and showcasing the best energy saving strategies and their results. Partners commit to an energy savings pledge, a showcase building, and to share their progress. Partners will receive public recognition, technical assistance, and best-practices sharing through a network of peers. Their leadership will provide real case studies and implementation models-linked to results-for others to use.

The Atlanta Better Buildings Challenge aims to support the Department of Energy’s goal of helping businesses save nearly $40 billion annually in energy costs, enabling them to grow, invest in new technology, and create American jobs. Atlanta is proud to be one of the three first-mover cities, along with Seattle and Los Angeles, selected for this important initiative.

Atlanta currently leads the nation in the amount of square footage participating in the program – over 111 million!


2018 Annual Report

The Atlanta Better Buildings Challenge has completed it’s fourth full year of reporting. The 2016 Report is now available for download. Please click on the link to download the full report. ABBC Annual Report (2018)