September Top 10 Solutions

By Better Buildings Beat Team on Sep 04, 2019

The 10 most-viewed resources from the past month include new solutions from Bentley Mills and Marriott, as well as toolkits on lighting, financing, and more. Check them out below!

1. Clean Energy for Low-Income Communities (CELICA) Toolkit

Low-income households spend about 8% of their income on energy costs, three times more than average. Better Buildings Accelerator partners committed $335 million to help 155,000 low-income households access energy efficiency and renewable energy benefits, collecting resources and lessons learned into the CELICA Toolkit. The toolkit includes a guide to program development and replicable program models for single-family and multifamily housing, as well as community solar. Read more.

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. Residential Energy Efficiency for Local Governments

This resource guide is designed to help local governments develop and implement policies and programs for improving the energy efficiency of single-family and multifamily homes in their communities. The guide is divided up into six helpful strategies, each including replicable examples from local governments across the country, analytical tools, and other informational resources.

4. Efficiency-Resilience Nexus Resources

The Better Buildings 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.

5. Efficiency-as-a-Service Toolkit

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 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. Read more.

6. 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.

7. 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.

8. Bentley Mills' Efficiency-as-a-Service Financing Solution – NEW

Bentley Mills partnered with Redaptive, a Better Buildings Financial Ally, to fund a facility-wide LED retrofit and install high-efficiency water fixtures using the efficiency-as-a-service (EaaS) financing model. The partnership allowed Bentley Mills to implement both sets of upgrades with no upfront capital outlay and minimal risk, as Redaptive was responsible for operations and maintenance of the new systems. Bentley Mills is now considering using EaaS for future projects. Read more.

9. 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.

10. Marriott's Measurement and Verification (M&V) Process for New Technologies – NEW

Marriott established an internal M&V process for assessing new energy-saving technologies, products, and services to be used in its global portfolio. The M&V process allows Marriott's engineering and sustainability team to prioritize new technologies based on validated energy-saving potential and verified typical returns. Read more.