Existing Commercial Buildings Working Group

SEE Action’s Existing Commercial Buildings Working Group develops best practices for state and local decision-makers to address energy efficiency in existing privately-owned commercial and public buildings through organization-wide, whole-building, performance-based approaches. Learn more about Commercial and Public Energy Efficiency and Evaluation, Measurement, and Verification


For more information on the Existing Commercial Buildings Working Group, contact:
  • Tracy Narel, Staff Lead, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Andrew Burr, Staff Lead, U.S. Department of Energy

Work Products

Greater Energy Savings through Building Energy Performance Policy: Four Leading Policy and Program Options lays out recommendations for linking existing policies and developing new policies, such that their success is based on the real energy savings achieved in buildings. This approach has the potential to affect the entire building lifecycle.
Provides policymakers with information on how to design and implement whole-building, continuous-improvement energy management programs for commercial buildings.
Provides sample policy language based on a synthesis of existing state and local policies, and discussion on key provisions, for the design of a commercial benchmarking and disclosure policy.
Provides information on how access to energy use data can help local governments create policies for benchmarking and disclosing building energy performance for public and private sector buildings.
Provides guidance and sample policy language to help state and local governments enact and implement policies addressing energy assessments of or improvements to existing commercial buildings.
Offers policy options and considerations to state utility commissions in providing access to energy use data to help commercial customers manage energy costs through building energy benchmarking.
Provides information on how supporting access to building benchmarking data can help utilities increase efficiency and drive down energy demand.
Provides information on how energy use data access can help state governments lead by example through benchmarking and disclosing results and implement benchmarking policies for the private sector.
Describes the value of high-performance leasing and how states can lead by example by using high-performance leases in their facilities and encourage high-performance leasing in the private sector.
Describes how customer usage data can help promote the adoption of retro-commissioning polices for public and private commercial buildings.
Describes how state and local governments can lead by example by retro-commissioning their own buildings and adopting retro-commissioning policies for the private sector.
Provides regulators with information on how to design and implement whole-building, continuous-improvement energy management programs for commercial buildings.
Provides information about energy efficiency, explains how utility and state investment in energy efficiency helps consumers, and describes what to expect from utility or state efficiency programs.
Leadership by state and local governments is critical to unlock the national energy efficiency opportunities and deliver the benefits of efficiency to all Americans. Developed collaboratively by state and local officials, energy efficiency experts, and real estate practitioners, the Leadership Agenda defines the baseline actions that states and communities can take by 2020 to demonstrate national energy efficiency leadership.
Highlights road-tested strategies, resources, and tools states can use to adopt cost-effective energy efficiency and clean energy programs for their buildings, facilities, and operations.