November Top 10 Solutions

Our 10 most-viewed solutions from the past month deliver valuable insights into workforce development, energy efficiency financing, outdoor lighting, staff engagement, water benchmarking, and more. Check them out!

1. Energy Savings Performance Contracting (ESPC) Webinar Series 

This 5-part webinar series takes you through the ESPC Toolkit section by section, examining each stage of the project decision-making process and answering questions submitted by participants. 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 used by states, cities, and K-12 schools. Read more.

2. Better Buildings Workforce Guidelines

A skilled and qualified workforce is key to making American buildings more energy-efficient and American companies more competitive. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) worked with the National Institute of Building Sciences and industry stakeholders to develop the Better Buildings Workforce Guidelines. These guidelines align six elements into a Better Buildings Workforce Framework, with the goal of improving the quality and consistency of the commercial buildings workforce. Read more.

3. How to Implement Green Revolving Funds

This collection of solutions provides cross-sector guidance on establishing a green revolving fund to overcome the common barrier 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.

4. Outdoor Lighting Decision Tree Tool  

This decision tree provides an interactive and visual representation of possible approaches and decisions that will typically be encountered in upgrading / replacing a public outdoor lighting system. The tool features successful cases and models deployed by cities and states, to help your organization find potential solutions to overcoming common barriers in the market today. Read more.

5. Trinity Management Engaging On-Site Staff in Energy Benchmarking - NEW!

In order to engage community managers in reducing portfolio-wide energy consumption, Trinity hired a third-party benchmarking provider to train property managers on monitoring energy consumption at their sites. As a result, property managers have become a driving force in increasing energy efficiency at Trinity’s properties by spotting abnormalities in energy use and suggesting upgrades and funding sources. Read more.

6. Codman Square Neighborhood Development Corp - Washington Columbia #1 and #2 - NEW!

Washington Columbia #1 and #2 are adjacent sister properties constructed in 1920 to house low-income families in Dorchester, Massachusetts. From 2015 to 2017, Codman Square Neighborhood Development Corporation implemented energy-efficient upgrades at the properties, including LED lighting, high-efficiency condensing boilers, envelope upgrades, and community solar. These upgrades resulted in $105,000 in cost savings and 19% energy savings. Read more.

7. Advanced RTU Control Retrofit Toolkit

This toolkit contains resources 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) and how to evaluate the business case for advanced RTU control retrofits. The toolkit includes the RTU Incentives Database, the Advanced RTU Controller Specification, case studies, and more. Read more.

8. Benchmarking Water: New Approaches and Opportunities for Buildings Webinar - NEW!

Accurate and consistent data is a key ingredient in an effective water management strategy, but many organizations struggle with water data collection and analysis. In this webinar, Rivion, The Tower Companies, and the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) discuss innovative water metering strategies and analytical methods for drawing greater insights from your data. In addition, the webinar highlights a new opportunity to gain recognition from BOMA for benchmarking water and waste data. Read more.

9. City of Grand Rapids Water Resource Recovery Facility Integrated Real-Time Controls - NEW!

The City of Grand Rapids Water Resource Recovery Facility (WRRF) treats almost 1.5 billion gallons of sewage annually, with a daily average of 40 million gallons from Grand Rapids, Michigan and 11 surrounding communities. Previously, employees had to physically staff operating plants with little to no connection between plant or process information and the controls. To reduce energy intensity through real-time, plant-wide process controls, WRRF worked with energy technology firms to install sensors that have optimized supervisory control system-settings in the facility. WRRF’s ongoing energy efficiency upgrades have led to annual savings of $40,000 and 440,000 kWh. Read more.

10. Bullitt County Schools District Energy Plan

Bullitt County Public School District in Kentucky developed a district-wide energy plan to identify and implement cost-saving measures and develop staff and student commitment to energy management practices. The plan includes guidelines for energy measures such as temperature controls, lighting, new construction standards, building maintenance and more. The school district has reached nearly $3.9 million in energy and operational cost savings over 10 years since implementing the plan. Read more.