December Top 10 Solutions

By Better Buildings Beat Team on Dec 03, 2018

The 10 most-viewed resources from the past month include partner solutions from Bullitt County Public Schools, Stevens Institute of Technology, and Trinity Management as well as strategies for green revolving funds, water efficiency, outdoor lighting, commercial solar PV, and more. Check them out!

1. How to Implement Green Revolving Funds

This collection of solutions provides cross-sector 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.

2. 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.

3. Outdoor Lighting Decision Tree Tool

This decision tree 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 cities and states, to help your organization find potential solutions to overcoming common barriers in the market today. Read more.

4. Bullitt County Schools District Energy Plan

Bullitt County Public School District developed a district-wide energy plan to identify and implement cost-saving measures and develop staff and student commitment to energy management practices. The plan includes guidelines for energy measures such as temperature controls, lighting, new construction standards, building maintenance, and more. The school district has reached nearly $3.9 million in energy and operational cost savings over 10 years since implementing the plan. Read more.

5. Bright Idea: Lighting Toolkit for K-12 School Districts (Webinar)

This webinar discusses comprehensive guidance for K-12 schools on strategies to optimize classroom performance and efficiency, including a review of the latest lighting applications on the market. To assist with decision-making during the lighting upgrade process, presenters discussed the benefits of technologies such as tunable lighting, controls, and troffer retrofits. Read more.

6. Babbio Center at Stevens Institute of Technology

The Babbio Center at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey has undergone energy efficiency improvements to help maintain comfort for classroom, office, and conference space occupants. Upgrades include the replacement of the facility’s absorption chiller with a new gas engine chiller, condensing boiler upgrades, and the implementation of variable speed pumping. These energy-efficient improvements help to regulate temperature control, thus increasing occupant comfort while also expected to reduce energy use by 20% and save $52,000 per year. Read more.

7. Incorporate Solar PV on Your Commercial Buildings

This toolkit includes resources to help decision-makers better understand the benefits, barriers, and strategies to installing solar on owned and leased commercial buildings. Tools include a decision guide, a renewable incentives database, and success stories from commercial real estate organizations with experiences ranging from community solar to near-net zero. Read more.

8. 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, 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.

9. Trinity Management Engaging On-Site Staff in Energy Benchmarking

In order to engage community managers in reducing portfolio-wide energy consumption, Trinity hired a third-party benchmarking provider to train property managers on monitoring energy consumption at their sites. As a result, property managers have become a driving force in increasing energy efficiency at Trinity’s properties by spotting abnormalities in energy use and suggesting upgrades and funding sources. Read more.

10. Healthcare Water Efficiency and Program Management Toolkit – NEW! 

Better Buildings partners are proving that healthcare facilities can achieve significant operating cost and energy savings without jeopardizing water quality. This toolkit aggregates guidance tailored to the healthcare sector on practicing efficient water management while maintaining control of infection. These resources explore how to apply energy management best practices to water monitoring, how to leverage green leases to reduce energy and water use, and much more. Read more.