Established in response to the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA), the Commercial Buildings Consortium (CBC) is a public/private consortium of commercial building stakeholders working with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), to develop and deliver technology, policies, and practices to achieve sector-wide market transformation. See the Federal Authorizing Legistlation (pdf).
By the year 2050, the CBC envisions a fully transformed commercial building stock to net zero energy. All commercial buildings* in the United States will be high-performance, net-zero energy, cost-effective, and compatible with a highly reliable, low-carbon electricity grid.
Through continued technology advancement and accelerated application of high-efficiency technologies and design and delivery practices, energy intensity in commercial buildings will fall dramatically. Renewable energy sources will become better integrated in both new and existing buildings and building complexes to meet the remaining energy requirements.
*This includes all buildings except low-rise residential.
Consortium members work with DOE to help achieve near-term results while charting a path to the EISA long-term goals for net-zero commercial buildings by capturing market feedback on key barriers, identifying innovative strategies and successful approaches; facilitating information and knowledge transfer among stakeholders; and helping to bridge the space between federal policy and programs on the one hand, and a range of industry, state, local, and utility initiatives on the other. The CBC strives for:
- COLLABORATION: Providing an organizational framework for sustained public-private collaboration among commercial buildings professionals and practitioners, industry stakeholders, researchers and educators, utilities, and government agencies at all levels to accelerate market transformation to zero energy performance across the commercial building sector.
- INNOVATION: Identifying new technologies, innovative market strategies and effective public policies – and recommending priorities for technology R&D, demonstrations, and pilot programs.
- DEMONSTRATION: Proving that technologies, market mechanisms, and policies work and are well-documented prior to promoting their widespread deployment.
- DEPLOYMENT: Helping to design, initiate, and evaluate deployment programs for proven energy-saving technologies and practices.