The Top 10 Solutions in March offered some pretty cool energy-savings opportunies, while April kept the momentum going with some amazing sustainability opportunities. Check out our Top-10 solutions for April:
1. Better Buildings Challenge SWAP 3
The Better Buildings Challenge SWAP is a DOE initiative and web series that involves two industry giants swapping energy teams to uncover new energy-efficiency strategies and further accelerate each organization’s energy-reduction goals. To create season three, the cities of Atlanta and Boston sent their energy teams to tour a variety of buildings, including libraries, airports, water-treatment plants and public works facilities, challenging each other to find ways to reduce energy waste. For large American cities, SWAP 3 uncovered some interesting energy-saving opportunities. Read more.
- Watch the episodes
- U.S. Department of Energy progress alert
- The Fast Company: The Department of Energy's Reality Show Makes Efficiency Fun.
2. Better Buildings Financing Navigator
The U.S. Department of Energy introduced a new, web-based financing navigator to help private and public sector organizations discover financing solutions for energy efficiency projects that meet their unique needs. Limited financing options are often cited as a major barrier to investing in energy efficient systems. Through the Better Buildings Financing Navigator, building owners, facility and energy managers and other decision-makers can connect with financiers, including banks and financial institutions, to pursue-energy saving measures. Read more.
3. Toolkit: Interior Lighting Campaign Participants Get Exemplary Results from Troffer Retrofits
Lighting system upgrades, like more efficient troffer lighting, often represent some of the easiest, most cost-effective energy-saving opportunities available. Participants in the Interior Lighting Campaign are sharing their results and best practices after upgrading their lighting systems and achieving impressive results. These troffer retrofit case studies provide cross-sector solutions for retail, food service, commercial real estate, healthcare, higher education, and more. Read more.
4. Showcase Project: Los Angeles Aqueduct Filtration Plant Modernization – Oxygen Plant Replacement
The Los Angeles Aqueduct Filtration Plant (LAAFP) was completed in 1986 and has a treatment capacity of up to 600 million gallons of water per day. In the mid-2000’s, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) began a comprehensive modernization of the LAAFP with a long-range program to upgrade and replace aging equipment. Energy efficiency was a key component of the program. Replacement of the oxygen plant is one of several projects currently in progress that will help LADWP save energy and money, while improving operations. Read more.
Energy Management Information Systems (EMIS) are a relatively new technology that helps your engineers manage and measure energy usage. EMIS equips property owners and managers with the ability to see their energy action to reduce waste. This toolkit introduces where to begin. Read more.
InterContinental Hotels Group created the IHG Green Engage system, a comprehensive online sustainability platform that allows hotels to track, measure and report on their carbon footprint and utility consumption, and offers more than 200 ‘Green Solutions’ with detailed technical guidance that hotels can implement on property to deliver greater sustainability. Read more.
7. Outdoor Lighting Decision Tree Tool: Successful Approaches of Cities, States and Regional Groups
Municipalities, states and public and federal agencies are continuously looking to decrease spending on utility bills, improve safety and services and protect the environment. High-performance outdoor lighting technologies are proving to be a cost-effective energy savings measure, often offering 50 percent or more savings relative to previously installed systems while lasting longer and offering tremendous maintenance and operational benefits. The cost of these technologies can be further reduced for deployment in local communities through collaboration, including volume or bulk purchasing and customized utility incentives and tariffs. Read more.
8. Toolkit: Energy Data Access: Blueprint for Action
The Better Buildings Energy Data Accelerator was a two-year partnership with cities and utilities to improve energy efficiency by making energy data more accessible to building owners. As a result of best practices developed by the EDA, 18 utilities serving more than 2.6 million commercial customers nationwide will provide whole-building energy data access to building owners by 2017. The resulting toolkit describes the best practices that enabled cities, utilities and other stakeholders to overcome whole-building data access barriers. Read more.
9. Toolkit: Outdoor Lighting Accelerator
Within the framework of the Outdoor Lighting Accelerator, we worked to help state and local governments move closer toward a clean energy economy using high performance technologies that reduce the cost of an essential public service--street lighting. While LED street lighting technology is gaining greater acceptance in some regions across the country, market perceptions and barriers still prevented municipalities from taking full advantage of the energy savings and cost benefits of high performance lighting, especially LED upgrades. Read more.
10. Showcase Project: Loews Vanderbilt Hotel
Loews Vanderbilt Hotel is located in downtown Nashville, across from Vanderbilt University. The 420,000-square-foot, 11-story hotel has 351 guestrooms, 24,000 square feet of meeting space, a four-story garage, a 24-hour fitness center and business center, and an onsite restaurant and bar. Loews initially flagged the Vanderbilt Hotel for energy projects due to its significant savings potential and outdated facility equipment, including chillers, condenser pumps, roofing, and lighting. Read more.