August Top 10 Solutions

July's top 10 most-viewed solutions highlight the newly-released Better Buildings Financing Navigator 2.0, updated information on the Nation’s submetering laws, and the latest on CPACE. Solutions shared by Better Buildings Challenge partners ArcelorMittal, Los Angeles, Boston, and Bullitt County Public School District were also popular. Check them out!

1. Better Buildings Financing Navigator 2.0 - NEW!

The Better Buildings Financing Navigator helps users learn the basics of the energy efficiency and renewable energy financing market, compare financing options, and connect with Better Buildings Financial Allies. The Department of Energy (DOE) recently launched Financing Navigator 2.0, which features updated market data and insights, new content on renewable financing options, and other financing resources. Read more.

2. Energy Savings Performance Contracting (ESPC) Toolkit

The ESPC Toolkit is a collection of resources that enable 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.

3. Submetering Laws and Regulations

This interactive map provides commercial and residential building owners with information on the legal and data requirements of 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. Read more.

4. Commercial PACE Financing for Resiliency Toolkit

Commercial property assessed clean energy (CPACE) financing can be used to fund resiliency improvements that make buildings more resistant to natural disasters and other threats. CPACE policies and programs are becoming more widespread across the United States, making it easier for more customers to access CPACE financing. This toolkit provides the necessary information for building owners, operators, and occupants that may want to take advantage of CPACE financing to improve resiliency in their facilities. Read more.

5. High-Efficiency RTU Replacement Toolkit

This toolkit contains resources to help HVAC contractors and service companies work with their customers through a step-by-step method of evaluating and managing their inventory of rooftop units (RTUs) and how to evaluate the business case for high-efficiency replacements. From an incentives database to a comparison calculator, the toolkit provides everything needed to make an informed decision regarding RTU replacements. Read more.

6. ArcelorMittal Cleveland - 50001 Ready Showcase - NEW!

ArcelorMittal was the first steel company to join the Better Buildings, Better Plants program, committing 17 of its U.S. plants. ArcelorMittal’s plant in Cleveland, Ohio has reaped diverse benefits from instituting the 50001 Ready energy management system. 50001 Ready has supported the plant’s continued energy performance improvements and cost reductions while reinforcing the commitment by plant management to pursue energy efficiency projects over time. Outcomes from the use of the 50001 Ready Navigator tool include increased energy performance and improved business value for the Cleveland plant. Read more.

7. Los Angeles Aqueduct Filtration Plant Modernization - Oxygen Plant Replacement

Upgrades to the Los Angeles Aqueduct Filtration Plant (LAAFP) are part of an ongoing modernization plan for the City of Los Angeles’ 32-year-old aqueduct filtration system. The project, scheduled for completion in 2018, involves replacing the existing cryogenic oxygen plant with a pressure swing adsorption plant which will result in a reduction of energy usage by 28%. By integrating energy efficiency into the capital improvement program, projects like this provide lasting savings in operating costs for the city. Read more.

8. City of Boston: Energy Data Optimization - Dashboards, Utility Bill Verification, and Open Data

The City of Boston pays bills for nearly 4,000 utility accounts across more than a dozen different municipal departments. With so many accounts across a wide range of city departments, it was difficult to verify the accuracy of charges. To improve the city’s energy management process, Boston implemented a programmatic overhaul to energy data collection, analysis, and reporting. This change saved the city $1.2 million in recovered funds from utility billing errors and improved transparency and accountability through an open data portal. Read more.

9. Mt. Washington Elementary School

Mt. Washington Elementary, part of the Bullitt County Public School District in Kentucky, is a K-12 school built in 1974, with 51,991 square feet of building space. The school was renovated to add more than 12,000 square feet of additional space in the form of classrooms, a media center, and a new gymnasium. The renovation also included an overhaul of the HVAC controls and lighting upgrades from T-12 to T-8, which resulted in 32% energy savings, a $28,000 annual cost reduction, and improved indoor air quality for students and faculty. Read more.

10. Outdoor Lighting Decision Tree Tool

The Outdoor Lighting Decision Tree Tool provides an interactive and visual representation of possible approaches and decisions that will typically be encountered in upgrading/replacing a public outdoor lighting system. The tool features successful cases and models deployed by other cities and states, to help your organization find potential solutions to overcoming common barriers in the market today. Read more.