March Top 10 Solutions

By Better Buildings Beat Team on Feb 27, 2018

The Top 10 Solutions for February are here, featuring our 10 most viewed solutions from this past month. We kick off March by introducing some solutions new to the Top 10, including projects for a variety of buildings! Covering sectors ranging from industrial plants to hotels to colleges, the Top 10 Solutions for February 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. Outdoor Lighting Accelerator Toolkit

The Outdoor Lighting Accelerator worked 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.

3. 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 electricity, 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.

4. Loews Score Card – NEW!

Loews Hotels & Co’s VP of Engineering, Joe Thomas, developed a Score Card tool to evaluate physical and operational performance across the company’s building portfolio. The Score Card measures each property’s performance in six different categories – ranging from equipment function to guest satisfaction – and provides both monthly and annual ratings based on the results. Pulling from facility inspections, guest feedback, and the maintenance invoice system called “Hot SOS,” the Engineering Department uses the Score Card results to prioritize projects and direct capital expenditure on renovations and upgrades. Read more.

5. 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.

6. 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 developed a proprietary internal Green Arrow Building Certification (GABC) program that measures energy, water, waste, indoor air quality, and innovation. Most properties have seen a 1-12 percent energy use reduction. In 2016, GABC scores improved 22.5 percent and 29 additional buildings were certified. Read more.

7. Charter Steel — 50001 Ready Facility

In October 2015, Charter Steel established an overall company goal of 25 percent reduction in energy intensity over 10 years by becoming a partner in U.S. Department of Energy's Better Plants program, while participating in other energy management programs including EPA's ENERGY STAR and Wisconsin’s Focus on Energy. Charter Steel has implemented a continual energy improvement process to drive progress towards this goal, receiving its 50001 Ready designation in August 2017, followed by ISO 50001 certification in December 2017. Read more.

8. Net Zero Energy RFQ – NEW! 

Community College of Allegheny County issued a request for qualifications (RFQ) for its new 90,000-square-foot Workforce Development and Training Center, which will feature smart classrooms, laboratories, and multi-use spaces. See who won the bid to set up renewable energy sites at CCAC to make it a Net Zero Energy (NZE) facility. Read more.

9. Healthy Homes Pilot Program – NEW!

Poor housing conditions are associated with a wide range of health conditions, including respiratory infections, asthma, injuries, and mental health challenges. When housing is stable, weather-tight, accessible, and safe from trip and fall hazards, occupants are healthier. In 2015, Gladys Gardens, a 30-unit townhouse development built in 1972, was one of Hempstead Housing Authority’s (HHA) aging properties with significant deferred maintenance needs. As part of the Healthy Homes Pilot Project, the Community Development Corporation of Long Island (CDCLI) weatherized and rehabilitated Gladys Gardens. Read more.

10. South Campus Energy Project

The South Campus of the Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) 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.