The first Top 10 Solutions of 2018!

By Better Buildings Beat Team on Jan 31, 2018

The first Top 10 Solutions for 2018 are here, featuring our 10 most viewed solutions from January. We kick off the year with a few fresh projects for a variety of buildings! With solutions from sectors ranging from data centers to hotels to commercial buildings – the Top 10 Solutions from January has a little something for every building space. 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 electric, 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. Comprehensive Occupant Engagement Program

Northwestern University developed and launched a communication and engagement program, sustainNU, aimed at encouraging more sustainable behavior among the occupants of the University’s more than 200 buildings. This initiative leverages certification programs, social media, outreach events, and friendly competition to foster a community-wide culture of sustainability and environmental stewardship, removing barriers that discourage sustainable practices. Read more.

4. Tying Energy Costs to Building Occupants

UC Berkeley benefits from a mild, year-round climate that requires minimal heating or cooling, which is generally provided by steam. Campus energy consumption is instead dominated by electrical demand for mechanical systems, research equipment, electronics, air circulation, and lighting. This implementation model explores UC Berkeley’s Energy Management Initiative, and how it targets building occupants through building surveys and energy dashboards while allocating energy cost responsibility to individual campus operating units. Read more.

5. Outdoor Lighting Accelerator Toolkit

Our Outdoor Lighting Accelerator works to help state and local governments move closer toward a clean-energy economy using high performance technologies that reduce the cost of an essential public service – street lighting. Learn how LED lighting upgrades to outdoor lighting infrastructure can have a big impact on your local economy. Read more.

6. Citi Riverdale Data Center Energy Services Agreement (ESA)

Citi wanted to implement a pilot project to deliver efficient electricity and cooling in one of their data centers. A Combined Chilling/Heating and Power (CHP) system will be installed together with energy efficient cooling units and efficiency improvements to the building’s air conditioning system. Read more.

7. Loews Vanderbilt Hotel

Loews Hotels & Co. initially flagged the Loews Vanderbilt Hotel for energy projects due to its significant savings potential and outdated facility equipment, including chillers, condenser pumps, roofing, and lighting. Loews undertook a study on chiller re-sizing with their mechanical, electrical, and plumbing consultant to determine cost and expected return on investment. Loews also researched available utility incentive programs, and successfully worked with the local utility to receive $125,000 in funding assistance. Read more.

8. “Flip the Switch” Tenant Engagement Program

Shorenstein has seen a more than 20 percent reduction in portfolio-wide energy use since 2008. They attribute much of those savings to the “Flip the Switch” tenant engagement program. The program started in 2011 to broaden tenant awareness of sustainability and energy savings opportunities in Shorenstein’s leased spaces by providing actionable strategies for reducing consumption. Read more.

9. Green Arrow Building Certification: Measuring Total Building Performance

Welltower is responsible for the management of 260 medical office buildings covering over 17.2 million square feet nationwide. Welltower believes there is a critical interdependence between our health and the health of the planet. As a result, they are committed to incorporating environmentally-friendly technologies and approaches in their real estate portfolio. Welltower’s commitment to the Department of Energy's Better Buildings Alliance is just another example of their efforts to lead in sustainability. Read more.

10. South Campus Energy Project

The South Campus of the Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) is one of four campuses located throughout Allegheny County, and it is a one-building campus which 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.