April Top 10 Solutions

The 10 most-viewed resources from the past month include solutions from Ulta Beauty, REI, the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) and Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), as well as the new K-12 Lighting Toolkit. Check them out!

1. Ulta Beauty: Breaking Down the Split Incentive Barrier with RTU Performance and Maintenance Specifications

During its landlord/tenant negotiations, Ulta Beauty advocates for the landlord to incorporate industry-leading rooftop unit (RTU) guidelines, including preventative maintenance programs, technical specifications, and equipment replacements as needed. As a result, the retailer benefits from guaranteed quality RTU operations with limited maintenance obligations for the landlord. Read more.

2. K-12 Lighting Toolkit - NEW

For K-12 schools in the U.S., energy bills represent the second-highest operating expense behind salaries. By optimizing their lighting equipment and operations, K-12 schools can save up to 50% on energy use. This resource covers a wide range of K-12-specific technical implementation details, case studies, specifications, and other best practices for how to implement energy-efficient lighting in schools. Read more.

3. How to Implement Green Revolving Funds

This collection of solutions provides guidance on establishing a green revolving fund to overcome a lack of dedicated capital. A green revolving fund is an internal capital pool dedicated to funding energy efficiency, renewable energy, and sustainability projects that generate cost savings. A portion of those savings are then used to replenish the fund, establishing an ongoing funding vehicle to help drive energy efficiency and sustainability investment over time. Read more.

4. Energy Savings Performance Contracting (ESPC) Toolkit

This collection of resources enables state and local communities to benefit from the experience of partners who have successfully established and implemented performance contracting. It includes best practices and innovative approaches that states, cities, and K-12 schools have used. Users can easily find the information they need at each stage of their ESPC decision-making process. Read more.

5. UMMC Skilled Trades Apprenticeship Program

To address the increasing demand for skilled-trades workers familiar with modern energy-efficient technologies, the University of Maryland Medical Center developed the Skilled Trades Apprenticeship Program, which provides a path for individuals to develop the knowledge, skills, abilities, and experience to qualify for work in key building trades at the full performance level. The program is accredited by the State of Maryland and has supported the training of three skilled trade positions in three years: Building Automation Technician, HVAC technician, and Plumber. Read more.

6. LAUSD's Showcase: Santee Education Complex

Santee Education Complex was the first new 4-year high school for the Los Angeles Unified School District in over 35 years and one of the District’s highest energy users. After an extensive energy audit to address the high energy consumption, LAUSD implemented energy savings measures at Santee including interior and exterior lighting upgrades, occupancy sensor installation, replacement of the energy management system, and retro-commissioning of building set points. As a result of the upgrades, Santee is on track to achieve 30% annual energy savings and $195,000 annual costs savings. Read more.

7. REI Net Zero Energy Distribution Center

REI’s distribution center in Goodyear, Arizona, opened in 2016, was designed as a zero-energy facility. The company implemented renewable energy, energy efficiency, and water efficiency solutions including the installation of a 2.2 MW solar system and a non-evaporative cooling system. In 2018, REI's distribution center achieved an annual energy savings of 18% and annual cost savings of $170,000 from the baseline. Read more.

8. LAUSD's HEROES for Zero: Building a K-12 Energy Efficiency Framework - NEW

LAUSD set aggressive energy and water conservation goals to address high energy usage and costs, but lacked a comprehensive framework to track and measure its consumption over time, train its staff, and engage the greater community. To tackle these challenges, they developed HEROES for Zero: a suite of programs focused on achieving LAUSD’s goals through Health and wellness, Education, Recognizing partnerships, Optimizing performance, Efficiency improvements, and Sharing best practices. As a result, LAUSD has realized a 5% energy reduction and a 10% water reduction as of 2018 and increased engagement and awareness among staff and students. Read more.

9. To Buy or Not to Buy: Evaluating the Costs of LED Street Lighting Ownership - NEW 

This street lighting resource helps states, cities, and regional energy networks evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of transitioning from privately-owned to municipally-owned street lighting, as well as the feasibility of LED lighting conversions based on key financial and operational metrics. Read more.

10. Multifamily Energy Financing Primer - NEW

Financing energy efficiency, renewable energy, and water conservation projects in multifamily buildings can be challenging, but new financing mechanisms are creating opportunities for building owners. This primer serves as an introduction to critical issues in energy finance for the multifamily sector and provides case studies, market data, and other resources to help leaders in the sector take advantage of innovative financing strategies. Read more.