July Top 10 Solutions

By Better Buildings Beat Team on Jul 08, 2020

The 10 most-viewed resources from the past month include a new resilience strategy for affordable housing from Jonathan Rose Companies, as well as toolkits on financing, Smart Labs programs, high-efficiency RTU replacements, and more. Check them out!

1. Finance and Resilience Toolkit for Commercial Buildings

Research shows that resilience and financial performance are closely linked. This toolkit includes resources and case studies to help commercial building owners develop a plan for measuring, managing, and mitigating resilience risk to help preserve the value of their properties, protect occupants, and attract investment. Read more.

2. Clean Energy for Low-Income Communities (CELICA) Toolkit

Low-income households spend about 8% of their income on energy costs, three times more than average. Better Buildings Accelerator partners committed $335 million to help 155,000 low-income households access energy efficiency and renewable energy benefits, collecting resources and lessons learned into the CELICA Toolkit. The toolkit includes a guide to program development and replicable program models for single-family and multifamily housing, as well as community solar. 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. Green Revolving Funds Toolkit

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 is then used to replenish the fund, establishing an ongoing funding vehicle to help drive energy efficiency and sustainability investment over time. Read more.

5. InterContinental Hotels Group: Green Engage™ Sustainability Platform

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), a Better Buildings partner, created the IHG Green Engage™ system to manage its energy, water, and waste reduction efforts in a global, franchised business environment. The platform allows hotels to track, measure, and report on their carbon footprint and utility consumption and offers more than 200 ‘Green Solutions’ with detailed technical guidance that hotels can employ on-site to achieve greater sustainability. Green Engage can help hotels save up to 25% – about $90,000 – annually on energy. Read more.

6. 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 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.

7. Smart Labs Accelerator Toolkit

This toolkit features a step-by-step guide to help your organization plan, assess, optimize, and manage a Smart Labs program to reduce energy intensity, mitigate safety and health risks, and improve ventilation in laboratory buildings. The toolkit also includes tasks, resources, and other deliverables to direct you through a systems-based management approach. Read more.

8. 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.

9. Managing HVAC Systems to Reduce Infectious Disease Transmission

This webinar features expert insights on ways to manage buildings to minimize the risk of infectious disease transmission and what practices to avoid, as well as a review of guidance from ASHRAE and other built environment organizations. Read more.

10. Jonathan Rose Companies: Implementing Portfolio-Wide Resilience Assessments for Affordable Housing – NEW!

Using tools and resources from peers and partners, Better Buildings partner Jonathan Rose Companies conducts detailed property resilience assessments and incorporates recommended measures into its retrofit and capital improvements strategy across its national affordable housing portfolio. Properties also receive enhanced training and resources to aid in emergency planning, helping to ensure building longevity and resident safety. Read more.