April Top 10 Solutions

The Top 10 Solutions from March are here, featuring our 10 most-viewed solutions from this past month. We kick off April with some impressive Implementation Models, useful toolkits, and a brand-new Showcase Project! Covering sectors ranging from industrial plants to apparel companies to colleges, the Top 10 Solutions for March has a little something for everyone. Check it out!

1. The Business Case for High-Performance Buildings

This video explains how once-niche green concepts are evolving into high-performance standards across office, retail, and industrial buildings. See how leading commercial real estate property owners incorporate energy efficiency and broader sustainability elements into their operational and investment decisions. Read more

2. Submetering Laws and Regulations

This interactive map, developed and maintained by Aquicore, provides commercial and residential building owners with information on the legal and data requirements to implement a successful submetering program. The map breaks down the laws for submetered billing of electricity, gas, and water for commercial and residential properties by state. The shade of blue in each state denotes the number of utility resources for which there is a law, and grey states have no state-level law regarding submetering. Read more

3. Loews Score Card

Loews Hotels & Co’s VP of Engineering, Joe Thomas, developed a Score Card tool to evaluate physical and operational performance across the company’s building portfolio. The Score Card measures each property’s performance in six different categories – ranging from equipment function to guest satisfaction – and provides both monthly and annual ratings based on the results. Pulling from facility inspections, guest feedback, and the maintenance invoice system called “Hot SOS,” the Engineering Department uses the Score Card results to prioritize projects and direct capital expenditure on renovations and upgrades. Read more

4. Energy Savings Performance Contracting (ESPC) Toolkit

The Better Buildings ESPC Accelerator was a 3-year partnership with states, local governments, and K-12 schools to expand access to performance contracting. The ESPC Toolkit is a collection of resources that will enable state and local communities to learn and benefit from the work of the Accelerator. It includes the best practices and innovative approaches that states, cities, and K-12 schools have used to successfully establish and implement performance contracting. Resources are grouped so that potential users of the mechanism can easily find the information they need at each stage of their ESPC decision-making process. Read more

5. South Campus Energy Project

The South Campus of the Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) is the largest single energy user in the entire CCAC system. With a maintenance-intensive HVAC system previously in place, CCAC leveraged a bond-funded savings project to replace the building’s boilers and electric chillers. Since the project started in 2014, the college has saved $235,000 on energy usage. Read more

6. Comau LLC – 50001 Ready Facility – NEW!

Comau's Novi, Michigan facility was recognized by DOE as the first facility under a corporate ISO 50001 certification to achieve 50001 Ready in September 2017. As a Better Plants program partner, Comau LLC exceeded its energy intensity reduction goal, achieving a 26 percent reduction. With its largest facilities (e.g., the Novi plant) included under its corporate certification to the ISO 50001 energy management system standard, the organization aims to expand use of energy management to reduce overall energy consumption in its facilities around the world. Read more

7. Operations Management Leadership Program

GE is strategically reducing energy consumption in its manufacturing operations and supply chain through its Operations Management Leadership Program (OMLP). By design, the program accelerates the deployment of newly-hired engineers that are trained in GE’s energy and environmental management program and equipped with the necessary functional and leadership skills needed to help meet the company’s near- and long-term operational challenges. Read more

8. Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Program

In order to facilitate energy efficiency improvements of commercial and industrial buildings in its jurisdiction, the City of Milwaukee implemented a property assessed clean energy (PACE) program which allows building owners to repay loans for clean energy improvements over time through a special assessment on their property tax bill that is attached to the property, not the owner. If the owner sells the property before the end of the loan term, the new owner inherits the loan along with the energy improvements, which reduces the risk of financing to building owners. Read more

9. Upgrade Your Parking to High-Efficiency Lighting Solutions 

High-performance energy-efficient lighting systems pay for themselves quickly by cutting energy costs up to 70 percent and maintenance costs up to 90 percent, since these state-of-the-art lighting technologies can last 2-to-5 times longer than traditional outdoor lights. Don’t get left behind when it comes to saving money and energy when selecting a new or upgraded lighting system for your parking lots or structures. This toolkit brings together the key resources you will need to make sound decisions. Read more

10. adidas Group greenENERGY Fund Invests $5.5 Million in Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

adidas Group‘s greenENERGY Fund provides financing, expertise, project management, and monitoring and verification to facilitate investments in energy efficiency and renewable energy projects -- while delivering a net profit. By creating a dedicated internal fund, the adidas Group is able to overcome common internal financing hurdles, such as internal competition for capital, short payback horizons, and a lack of time or budget on the part of facility managers. Read more