Better Buildings Challenge-Milwaukee
In 2011, President Obama launched the Better Buildings Challenge through the U.S. Department of Energy, a national initiative to improve the efficiency of commercial, institutional, industrial, and multi-family buildings by 20% or more over ten years. The City of Milwaukee became a partner to the Better Buildings Challenge in 2012 and developed a showcase project with the Milwaukee Central Library that led to 11% energy savings and $47,000 in cost savings. In 2013, the City created the Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Financing Program as an implementation model for other cities to replicate.
The Milwaukee Better Buildings Challenge launched in September 2016 with a $750,000 award from the Department of Energy, bringing together all of the resources a building needs to develop an energy efficiency project, including benchmarking in ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager®, providing free energy assessments to buildings, and determination of next steps with operations and maintenance support. ECO is currently evaluating funding opportunities to relaunch the challenge supported by the U.S. Department of Energy. Stay tuned for updates.