Commitment to Action

The BIT Building Program: A Framework for Improving Buildings

Commitment by

BIT Building Program

In 2016, BIT Building committed to launching the BIT Building Program, a framework that drives the adoption of sustainability best practices in existing buildings, leading to measurable improvements in energy, water, and waste impacts. Over the next two years, BIT Building will promote a set of 16 proven best practices, standardizing ongoing performance measurement and improvement goals, providing an online clearinghouse to spread implementation tools and build community among novice practitioners, and celebrating the success of operators by recognizing those who deliver verified improvements of 10, 20, or 30% from baseline conditions. The BIT Building Program will partner with Chicago-based collaborators to drive early uptake of the framework in that market, with a goal of engaging at least 100 buildings by the end of 2018 to prove out a scalable model that can be adopted by other municipalities and will ultimately directly impact more than 47,000 individuals living, working or learning in enrolled buildings.





The BIT Building Program: A Framework for Improving Buildings



Est. Duration

2 years

Estimated Total Value



Northern America


United States

Commitment by

BIT Building Program

Partner(s) of the Commitment Maker(s)

Seventhwave, Environmental Defense Fund, USGBC-Illinois