Top 10 Solutions for 2018

By Better Buildings Beat Team on Dec 20, 2018

With the close of 2018, we wanted to share the 10 most-viewed resources on the Better Buildings Solution Center from the past year. Check out these popular solutions you may have missed!

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. Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Project Profiles Database

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

5. The Business Case for High-Performance Buildings (Video)

See how leading commercial real estate property owners incorporate energy efficiency and broader sustainability into their operational and investment decisions. This video explains how once-niche green concepts are evolving into high-performance standards across office, retail, and industrial buildings. Read more.

6. 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.

7. 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.

8. High-Efficiency RTU Replacement Toolkit

This toolkit helps 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.

9. How to Implement Green Revolving Funds

This collection of solutions provides cross-sector 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. Upgrade Your Parking to High-Efficiency Lighting Solutions

High-performance energy efficiency lighting systems can last 2-to-5 times longer than traditional outdoor lights and pay for themselves quickly by cutting energy costs up to 70% and maintenance costs up to 90%. This toolkit provides case studies, specifications, solutions, and more – bringing together the key resources you need to upgrade your parking lot lighting systems. Read more.