ICYMI: FOUR New Implementation Models – Making Homes Smarter, Reaching Beyond Energy Codes, Engaging the Community, and Building EE into the Supply Chain

By Better Buildings Beat Team on Jul 12, 2017

With all the excitement in the run-up to the Better Buildings Summit, you may have missed some of the great new resources that were published in the Better Buildings Solution Center! Take a minute to check out some of the newest solutions from Better Buildings Challenge partners:

  • Partner: Lendlease
  • Sector: Commercial Real Estate
  • Implementation Model: Understanding Resident Energy Behavior Through Building Energy Management Systems
    • Lendlease manages privatized housing for military service members and their families; they also look for ways for their residents to take part in their sustainability vision. At Fort Campbell, Kentucky, Lendlease piloted BEMS – the Building Energy Management System – as a way to monitor and optimize home energy performance, make residents more aware of their energy use, and give them a way to control their environment. It led to better maintenance, lower utility bills, and happier residents. BEMS is now being expanded to other Lendlease properties, starting in Hawaii.
  • Partner: Hillsboro County, Oregon
  • Sector: Local Government
  • Implementation Model: High-Performance Building Partnership for New Development (As seen in the June Top 10!)
    • Hillsboro County has an ambitious sustainability plan for reducing the energy used by buildings in the county. Hillsboro is growing quickly, and the county saw an opportunity to partner with developers to encourage them to build beyond Oregon’s energy building codes. Collaborating with non-profits, vendors, and development organizations, Hillsboro established a public-private partnership that packages a network of incentives, assistance, and outreach to advance above-code development in the South Hillsboro neighborhood. By working together with developers and businesses, Hillsboro has set a clearer path for reaching their sustainability goals.
  • Partner: Northwestern University
  • Sector: Higher Education
  • Implementation Model: Comprehensive Occupant Engagement Program  (As seen in the June Top 10!)
    • Northwestern University is already a leader in sustainability, but they realized they needed to do more to build leadership capacity and reach the NU community at large. As part of their sustainNU initiative, they developed an outreach program to communicate sustainability goals to students, faculty, and staff on campus, as well as the surrounding community and the alumni network. They also used these channels to encourage participation in sustainability initiatives, like a dorm competition and community earth month events. Their efforts led to an increased visibility in social media and on campus for sustainNU, as well as a way to gather feedback.
  • Partner: POAH (Preservation of Affordable Housing)
  • Sector: Multifamily
  • Implementation Model: Basis of Design Tool – Ensuring Consistent Use of Energy-Efficiency Materials Portfolio-wide
    • POAH runs affordable housing communities, which exist on very strict budgets. POAH developed an internal portal for all materials purchasing – everything from cleaning supplies to mechanical equipment – with guidelines for what should be used or done in the event of maintenance or replacements. All materials must be energy-efficient and environmentally sound. Because there is a lot of staff mobility in multifamily housing, it was important to POAH that the Basis of Design tool act as a measure of continuity; this helped address high maintenance and energy costs that resulted from inconsistent products being used in rehabs and operations.

These are just some of the proven, effective solutions Better Buildings Partners have shared for the public benefit. For more information on each of these IMs, you can check out the Better Buildings Solution Center!