May Top 10 Solutions

By Better Buildings Beat Team on Apr 30, 2018

The Top 10 Solutions for April feature the 10 most viewed solutions in the past month. This list includes some new solutions from the industrial, data center, local government, and financing sectors. With popular resources ranging from tools for upgrading parking lighting to guidance on submetering laws and regulations, the Top 10 Solutions for April has a variety of energy efficiency best practices for all building types. Check it out!

1. Energy Savings Performance Contracting (ESPC) Toolkit

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Energy Savings Performance Contracting (ESPC) Accelerator was a three-year partnership (2013-2016) with states, local governments, and K-12 schools to expand access to performance contracting. DOE worked with 25 state and local agencies to develop solutions for the most common barriers to ESPC, leveraging innovative and best-practice approaches for success. As a result, the ESPC Accelerator catalyzed public-sector energy efficiency investments of more than $2 billion during the Accelerator and left a legacy of valuable tools and resources to support ESPC into the future. Read more

2. 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

3. 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

4. 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 stakeholders, it was difficult to verify the accuracy of charges and accountability was largely dispersed to the individual city departments. To improve the city’s energy management process, Boston implemented a programmatic overhaul to energy data was collection, analysis, and reporting. Read more

5. 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. Many of these projects have an energy component (e.g. energy efficiency, distributed generation, microgrid), but others do not (e.g. seismic retrofits, wind hardening). Current market trends point toward growing use of CPACE financing for resiliency, with the recent completion of several flagship projects including a $40 million seismic retrofit in California and the first-ever use of CPACE financing for a microgrid in Connecticut. At the same time, CPACE policies and programs are becoming more widespread across the United States, making it easier for more customers to access CPACE financing. Read more

6. Distributed Site Consolidation and Continuous Energy Efficiency Improvement

Schneider Electric sought a 30 to 50 percent reduction in data center operations costs attributed to energy consumption. The company also sought to reduce infrastructure complexity by decommissioning servers and IT assets distributed across North America business assets. Schneider Electric’s energy and cost savings exceeded expectations. Schneider Electric consolidated one primary legacy facility and multiple distributed data centers into a modern data center that offered greater reliability and energy efficiency. Read more

7. Upgrade Your Parking to High-Efficiency Lighting Solutions 

High-performance energy-efficient lighting systems pay for themselves quickly, cutting energy costs by up to 70 percent and maintenance costs by up to 90 percent. This is because these state-of-the-art lighting technologies can last two to five times longer than traditional outdoor lights. The U.S. Department of Energy has supported the advancement of high-efficiency outdoor lighting and controls solutions through a number of initiatives, including the Solid State Lighting Program, the Better Buildings Alliance Lighting & Electrical Technology Research Team, and the Lighting Energy Efficiency in Parking (LEEP) Campaign. Read more

8. Advanced RTU Control Retrofit

DOE provides the resources necessary to help 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

9. Power Purchase Agreement for the D.C. Department of General Services

The District of Columbia Department of General Services utilized SolSystem’s clean-energy financing to create 140 jobs and save D.C. taxpayers $25 million dollars through a large-scale solar power project. The project, which started in 2015 and wrapped in July 2017, is expected to produce 13,800 MWh annually. Read more about how this partnership between D.C. and SolSystems impacted the nation’s capital. Read more

10. Nissan North America – Three 50001 Ready Facilities

Nissan North America, a Better Buildings, Better Plants Challenge Partner, has 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 over 12 million square feet of plant space. This effort is part of Nissan's global environmental action plan, the Nissan Green Program, which encompasses a broad application of fuel-efficient vehicles and corporate carbon footprint minimization. Corporate goals and customer expectations drive the company’s strong commitment to energy efficiency. Read more