Build It Green Joins DOE’s Home Upgrade Program Accelerator, Expands Commitment to Energy Efficiency in California

Program Accelerator will increase home energy audits nationally Build It Green has joined the U.S. Department of Energy’s newly launched Better Buildings Home Upgrade Program Accelerator, which will convene leaders to focus on key solutions to expanding energy efficiency in the residential sector. Thirty-two organizations across the nation have partnered together to refine processes to measure and evaluate energy savings, and help reach a collective goal of completing millions of home energy upgrades annually.

The Program Accelerator supports the President’s Climate Action Plan, with the goal of accelerating investment in home energy efficiency improvement projects across the country. The program connects home energy efficiency programs managed by utilities and state and local governments, which currently complete hundreds of thousands of home upgrades annually with an average savings of 20 percent for participating households. By leveraging data management and other strategies that minimize costs while improving overall program effectiveness these programs could complete millions of home energy upgrades annually, helping more Americans save money on their home energy bills.

“This is a great opportunity to develop new processes and business models for delivering home upgrades faster, cheaper, and better,” says Bruce Mast, Deputy Executive Director of Build It Green, a California-based nonprofit working to incentivize adoption of green building practices and increase the supply of green homes in California.

“By improving the efficiency of buildings across the country, Better Buildings partners are saving money by saving energy, creating more sustainable communities, and helping to protect future generations from the impacts of climate change,” adds DOE Under Secretary for Science and Energy Franklin Orr.

About Better Buildings Accelerators
Better Buildings Accelerators convene leaders across sectors and building types to address persistent barriers that stand in the way of greater efficiency. As Better Buildings Home Upgrade Program Accelerator partners share their successes with the market, resources will be posted in the Better Buildings Residential Program Solution Center. The Solution Center is an online tool designed to help organizations explore the solutions tested and proven by partners.

As a cornerstone of the President's Climate Action Plan, Better Buildings aims to make commercial, public, industrial, and residential buildings 20% more energy efficient over the next decade. This means saving hundreds of billions of dollars on energy bills, reducing GHG emissions, and creating thousands of jobs. Through Better Buildings, public and private sector organizations across the country are working together to share and replicate positive gains in energy efficiency. For a detailed progress report on the Better Buildings Initiative, and for more information on how to join these partners and advance your own energy efficiency work, visit

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