July Top 10 Solutions

By Better Buildings Beat Team on Jul 03, 2019

The 10 most-viewed resources from the past month include toolkits on K-12 Lighting and Efficiency-as-a-Service, as well as the new Public Sector Financing Primer and popular Better Buildings webinars. Check them out below!

1. K-12 Lighting Toolkit

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.

2. Efficiency-as-a-Service Toolkit

Efficiency-as-a-service (EaaS) is a pay-for-performance, off-balance sheet financing solution that allows customers to implement energy and water efficiency projects with no upfront capital expenditure. It is a relatively new financing mechanism, in which customers pay a provider for the service of energy savings. This new toolkit provides resources and case studies for building owners, operators, and occupants who may want to take advantage of EaaS for energy and water projects. Read more.

3. 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.

4. High-Efficiency RTU Replacement Toolkit

This toolkit helps HVAC contractors and service companies work with their customers through a step-by-step process 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.

5. Public Sector Energy Financing Primer - NEW

Part of the Better Buildings Financing Navigator, this primer includes a range of case studies, market data, and other resources to help state and local governments and other public sector entities overcome common barriers to energy financing. Topics featured in this primer include internal funding, ESPC, and power purchase agreements (PPAs). Read more.

6. Outdoor Lighting Decision Tree Tool

This decision tree provides an interactive and visual representation of scenarios and questions typically encountered in upgrading/replacing a public outdoor lighting system. The tool features successful cases and models used by cities and states to help find solutions to common barriers. Read more.

7. The Efficiency-Resilience Nexus

This easy-to-use Resilience Resource Navigator helps building operators, state and local officials, utilities, and other organizations take steps to build resilience and increase their ability to bounce back from natural disasters and other stressors. Resources include roadmaps for community-wide resilience planning, financing and design guidance for building owners and operators, and webinars featuring experts who have undertaken resilience improvements. Read more.

8. Innovative Wall Technologies for Commercial Buildings (Webinar) - NEW

Each year, about 1.5 quads of energy is lost through walls in commercial buildings. This webinar from the Better Buildings Envelope Technology Research Team features case studies on innovative wall technologies for building owners and operators to help improve energy efficiency in building envelopes. These technologies include cross-laminated timber, modified atmosphere insulation, and high-efficiency wall assemblies. Read more. 

9. Air Management Solutions for Small- to Medium-Sized Data Centers (Webinar) - NEW

Small data centers have immense opportunities to improve air management and reduce infrastructure energy costs. In this webinar, real-world experts share practical air management techniques for data centers like using hot and cold aisles to reduce fan energy and installing row-based cooling units and rack-mounted heat exchangers. Listen to learn how smaller data centers can make big efficiency gains. Read more.

10. 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.