May Top 10 Solutions

By Better Buildings Beat Team on May 02, 2019

The 10 most-viewed resources from the past month include Better Buildings toolkits on financing, lighting, ESPC, energy data access, and more. We also have solutions from the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP), REI, Ulta Beauty and a new collection of resilience resources. Take a look!

1. Rethinking Traditional Finance: How Efficiency-as-a-Service Can Drive Upgrades without Upfront Capital (Toolkit & Webinar) - NEW

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 new 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. DOE also hosted a webinar in which Better Buildings Financial Allies and a building owner shared insights on some of the different EaaS models in use today.


2. K-12 Lighting Toolkit

For K-12 schools in the U.S., energy bills represent the second-highest operating expense behind salaries. By optimizing their lighting equipment and operations, K-12 schools can save up to 50% on energy use. This resource covers a wide range of K-12-specific technical implementation details, case studies, specifications, and other best practices for how to implement energy-efficient lighting in schools. 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. LADWP: Los Angeles Aqueduct Filtration Plant Modernization – Oxygen Plant Replacement

The Los Angeles Aqueduct Filtration Plant treats all water delivered via the Los Angeles and California Aqueducts. The oxygen plant replacement is part of a comprehensive facility modernization program to upgrade and replace aging equipment. The new plant will help LADWP save energy and cut costs, while improving operations. Read more.

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

During its landlord/tenant negotiations, Ulta Beauty 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.

6. REI Net Zero Energy Distribution Center

REI’s distribution center in Goodyear, Arizona 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. In 2018, REI's distribution center achieved an annual energy savings of 18% and annual cost savings of $170,000 from its baseline. Read more.

7. To Buy or Not to Buy: Evaluating the Costs of LED Street Lighting Ownership

This street lighting resource helps states, cities, and regional energy networks evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of transitioning from privately-owned to municipally-owned street lighting, as well as the feasibility of LED lighting conversions based on key financial and operational metrics. Read more.

8. Energy Data Access: Blueprint for Action

A product of the Better Buildings Energy Data Accelerator, this toolkit is a collection of resources to help building owners and communities overcome a lack of access to energy data for benchmarking. Resources highlight examples of effective partnerships between utilities, communities, and building owners that have helped improve access to whole-building energy data. Read more.

9. The Efficiency-Resilience Nexus - NEW

This easy-to-use Resilience Resource Navigator helps building operators, state and local officials, utilities, and other organizations take steps to build resilience and increase their ability to bounce back from natural disasters and other stressors. Resources include roadmaps for community-wide resilience planning, financing and design guidance for building owners and operators, and webinars featuring experts who have undertaken resilience improvements. Read more.

10. 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.