June Top 10 Solutions

By Better Buildings Beat Team on Jun 04, 2018

Here are Top 10 most-viewed solutions from the past 30 days. This eclectic group of resources highlights innovative partner solutions from manufacturers, local governments, and Financial Allies as well as useful tools for ESPC, CPACE financing, and RTU retrofits. Check them out!

1. Energy Savings Performance Contracting (ESPC) Toolkit

The ESPC Toolkit is a collection of resources that enable state and local communities to benefit from the experience of partners who have successfully established and implemented performance contracting.  It includes the 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

2. Commercial PACE Financing for Resiliency

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 across the United States, 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

3. The Business Case for High-Performance Buildings

See how leading commercial real estate property owners incorporate energy efficiency and broader sustainability into their operational and investment decisions. This video explains how once-niche green concepts are evolving into high-performance standards across office, retail, and industrial buildings. Read more

4. Submetering Laws and Regulations

This interactive map 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 electricity, gas, and water for commercial and residential properties by state. Read more

5. City of Boston: Energy Data Optimization - Dashboards, Utility Bill Verification, and Open Data

The City of Boston pays bills for nearly 4,000 utility accounts across more than a dozen different municipal departments. With so many accounts across a wide range of city departments, it was difficult to verify the accuracy of charges. To improve the city’s energy management process, Boston implemented a programmatic overhaul to energy data collection, analysis, and reporting. This change saved the city $1.2M in recovered funds from utility billing errors and improved transparency and accountability through an open data portal. Read more

6. Greenworks Lending: Commercial PACE Financing for Microgrid in Mixed-Use Building

Financed by Greenworks Lending, this $1 million project in Hartford, Connecticut, implemented energy efficiency, renewable energy, and microgrid improvements. As part of a larger redevelopment to provide mixed-use housing and retail space, the project included the installation of a microgrid and rooftop solar photovoltaics (PV), along with fuel cell energy storage, HVAC, and lighting upgrades. This was the first-ever microgrid project financed with CPACE. Read more

7. Advanced RTU Control Retrofit

This DOE resource helps HVAC contractors and service companies work with their customers through a step-by-step method of evaluating and managing their inventory of rooftop units (RTUs). This method also covers how to make the business case for advanced RTU control retrofits. This toolkit walks you through everything you need to cover to enhance your HVAC systems through advanced RTU controls. Read more

8. Orlando's Amway Center - NEW!

The Amway Center, home to the Orlando Magic and Orlando Solar Bears, was the first NBA facility in the country to earn a LEED Gold certification for new construction. Recent innovations in interior and sports LED lighting technology created an opportunity to further decrease the environmental impact of facility operations. Amway Center is being renovated as part of the City of Orlando’s Greenworks Program, via funding from a municipal bond. LED lighting retrofits to both court and back of house lighting plus comprehensive HVAC upgrades are further reducing energy use at the arena. Read more

9. City of Chula Vista: FREE Resources and Energy Business Evaluation (FREBE) - NEW!

The City of Chula Vista, California developed the FREE Resource & Energy Business Evaluation (FREBE) Program to encourage and assist local businesses in improving their energy and water efficiency. FREBE requires businesses to undergo free energy and water evaluations of their premises when they receive their business license, and every 3-5 years thereafter; then program staff help identify opportunities for energy and water improvements that the businesses can implement at their discretion. Read more

10. Nissan North America – Three 50001 Ready Facilities

Nissan North America leverages 50001 Ready at its three U.S.-based facilities to train new staff and to help suppliers establish a cost-effective energy management system to expand savings. As a Better Buildings, Better Plants Challenge Partner, Nissan recommitted to a 15 percent reduction of energy consumption in its three U.S. manufacturing facilities by 2022. They previously achieved a 25 percent reduction in five years, affecting more than 12 million square feet of plant space. Read more