March Top 10 Solutions

By Better Buildings Beat Team on Mar 06, 2019

The 10 most-viewed resources from the past month include solutions from Gundersen Health, Ulta Beauty, REI, Wendy’s, and the City of Hillsboro. Check them out!

1. 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.

2. 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.

3. 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 overcoming common barriers. Read more.

4. Targeting Energy Efficiency with Low-Energy Design and Renewables at Gundersen Health System's Sparta Clinic – NEW

Gundersen Health's Sparta Clinic consumes 50% less energy than the average outpatient medical clinic due to its low-energy design that targets energy efficiency and integration of renewables. By combining solar and geothermal with a variety of energy efficiency building features, Gundersen was able to surpass its energy savings goal by 9% resulting in over $68,000 in cost savings. Read more.

5. REI Net Zero Energy Distribution Center

REI’s LEED® Platinum distribution center in Goodyear, Arizona, opened in 2016, was designed as a zero-energy facility. The company implemented renewable energy, energy efficiency, and water efficiency solutions including the installation of a 2.2 MW solar system and a non-evaporative cooling system. REI expects the facility to reap 30% annual energy savings, and for the project to pay for itself within five years. Read more.

6. The Wendy’s Company Restaurant Support Center

Energy efficiency improvements implemented at the Wendy’s Company headquarters in Dublin, Ohio have spanned LED lighting upgrades, chiller replacements and retro-commissioning, and helped the facility earn LEED Silver certification. These measures have resulted in 28% energy savings from a 2013 baseline and $174,000 in annual cost savings. Read more.

7. Implement Energy Management Information Systems (EMIS) in Your Building Portfolio

Energy management information systems (EMIS) allow property owners and managers to see their energy use and act on opportunities to reduce consumption. This toolkit provides a high-level overview of EMIS and resources for adopting EMIS into your portfolio including specification and procurement materials, a Regional Guide to Incentives, and an EMIS Technology Classification Framework. Read more.

8. The Business Case for High-Performance Buildings (Video)

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.

9. City of Hillsboro’s Sustainability Revolving Fund

Hillsboro, Oregon established a Sustainability Revolving Fund (SRF) to finance projects outlined in the city’s Sustainability Plan, which aims to achieve a 60% reduction in city facility energy use by 2030, based on a 2007 baseline. Since 2010, the SRF has provided more than $45,000 to support projects towards that goal, and more than $57,000 from project savings or avoided costs have been reinvested back into the fund. Read more. 

10. Ulta Beauty: Breaking Down the Split Incentive Barrier with RTU Performance and Maintenance Specifications

During its landlord/tenant negotiations, Ulta Beauty typically advocates for the landlord to incorporate industry-leading rooftop unit (RTU) guidelines, including preventative maintenance programs, technical specifications, and equipment replacements as needed. As a result, the retailer benefits from guaranteed quality RTU operations with limited maintenance obligations for the landlord. Read more.