September Top 10 Solutions

By Better Buildings Beat Team on Sep 05, 2018

This month’s Top 10 most frequently viewed solutions include the Better Buildings Financing Navigator 2.0, tips on how to become a Home Energy Score Certified Assessor™, solutions from the city of Boston and Bullitt County School District, a toolkit on energy data benchmarking, and more!

1. Better Buildings Financing Navigator 2.0

The Better Buildings Financing Navigator helps users learn the basics of the energy efficiency and renewable energy financing market, compare financing options, and connect with Better Buildings Financial Allies. The newly-launched Financing Navigator 2.0 features updated market data and insights, new content on renewable financing options, and other financing resources. Read more.

2. Energy Savings Performance Contracting (ESPC) Toolkit

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 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.

3. CHP Project Profiles Database

This database consists of more than 130 Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Project Profiles compiled by the Department of Energy’s (DOE) CHP Technical Assistance Partnerships (TAPs). These profiles can be searched by a variety of characteristics, including state, market sector, fuel, year installed and more. The CHP TAPs promote and assist in transforming the market for CHP, waste heat to power, and district energy technologies throughout the U.S. Read more.

4. Home Energy Score "Become an Assessor" Guidance 

This resource provides clear step-by-step guidelines for becoming an assessor specializing in the DOE’s Home Energy Score™. Assessors provide valuable information to homeowners, homebuyers, and renters who are curious about the energy assets – and associated costs – of a home. If you are an energy auditor, home inspector, or another type of residential energy professional, you can become a Home Energy Score Certified Assessor™. Read more.

5. 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.

6. Commercial PACE Financing for Resiliency Toolkit

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. CPACE policies and programs are becoming more widespread, making it easier for more customers to access CPACE financing. This toolkit provides the necessary information for building owners, operators, and occupants that may want to take advantage of CPACE financing to improve resiliency in their facilities. Read more.

7. High-Efficiency RTU Replacement 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 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.

8. City of Boston: 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 city departments, it was difficult to verify the accuracy of charges. To improve the city’s energy management process, Boston implemented a programmatic overhaul to energy data collection, analysis, and reporting. This change saved the city $1.2 million in recovered funds from utility billing errors and improved transparency and accountability through an open data portal. Read more.

9. Energy Data Access: Blueprint for Action

A product of the Better Buildings Energy Data Access Accelerator, this toolkit is a collection of resources to help building owners, utilities, and communities surmount a prominent barrier to energy benchmarking – lack of access to simple energy data. The Accelerator worked with partners from local governments, real estate organizations, and utilities to develop solutions to this problem. Many utilities can aggregate the total energy usage within a building and send that information electronically to building owners, providing a valuable customer service that empowers building owners to reduce wasted energy and supports the goals of ratepayer-funded energy efficiency programs. Read more.

10. Mt. Washington Elementary School

Mt. Washington Elementary, part of the Bullitt County Public School District in Kentucky, is a K-12 school built in 1974, with 51,991 square feet of building space. The school was renovated to add more than 12,000 square feet of additional space in the form of classrooms, a media center, and a new gymnasium. The renovation also included an overhaul of the HVAC controls and lighting upgrades from T-12 to T-8, which resulted in 32% energy savings, a $28,000 annual cost reduction, and improved indoor air quality for students and faculty. Read more.