Top 10 Solutions in August

By Better Buildings Beat Team on Sep 13, 2016

Each month we recap the most viewed solutions shared by Better Buildings partners. Check out August's Top-10 solutions below. 

1. Energy Data Access: Blueprint for Action Toolkit

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.

2. Toolkit: Implement Energy Management Information Systems in your Building Portfolio

Energy management Information Systems (EMIS) are a relatively new technology based on the old adage "you can't manage what you don’t measure." EMIS gives property owners and managers the ability to see their energy use and take action to reduce waste.  This tool kit introduces where to begin. Read more.



3. LINC Housing Implementation Model: Replicable and Scalable Near-Zero Net Energy Retrofits for Low-Income Housing

To strengthen its commitment to sustainability, in 2012 LINC Housing formed SEED Partners, a mission-driven energy and water services company. SEED is focused on sustainable retrofits of LINC’s expanding portfolio, development of renewable energy projects, and enhancing the features of LINC’s properties under development. SEED also offers consulting services to help other owners with retrofitting their portfolio.  Read more.


4. Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) Showcase Project: South Campus Energy Project   

CCAC cut its water use by 38 percent and its energy use by 44 percent by making upgrades to its South Campus, one of four campuses located throughout Allegheny County.  Opened in 1973 with later additions, the one-building campus houses traditional college classrooms and laboratories, as well as a theater for both student and community productions, radio station, gym and fully equipped fitness center, library, media and computer centers, and state-of-the-art nursing and allied health laboratories. The six-story structure is surrounded by open grounds which include parking areas, a nature trail, and a community garden.  This facility was the largest single energy user in the entire CCAC system, and the HVAC system was maintenance-intensive. Read more

5. Better Buildings Outdoor Lighting Accelerator: Decision Tree Tool 

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.

6. Financing Calculator for Retail (in partnership with the Retail Industry Leaders Association)

This calculator is designed to help retail professionals understand how they can leverage external financing to fund energy or sustainability projects within their portfolios as well as view basic finance metrics for a specific project. Read more.  


7. GE Implementation Model: Operations Management Leadership Program

GE is strategically reducing energy consumption throughout its manufacturing operations and supply chain through its Operations Management Leadership Program (OMLP). By design, the program accelerates the deployment of newly hired engineers that are trained in GE’s energy and environmental management program and equipped with the necessary functional and leadership skills needed to help meet the company’s near- and long-term operational challenges. Read more




8. Los Angeles Department of Water and Power Showcase Project: 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

9. Loews Hotel Showcase Project: Santa Monica Hotel

Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel, located just blocks from the Santa Monica Pier, is a 260,000 square foot ocean-front resort. The hotel features 347 guest rooms, 17,000 square feet of meeting space, a full service spa, heated pool, and fitness center.  Loews Santa Monica felt the need to take a proactive approach to the California drought issue by significantly cutting water usage while maintaining a premier guest experience. The hotel saved 13 percent on energy and 20 percent on water annually. Read more.


10. Portland Public Schools Implementation Model: Hybrid Funding Approach Makes the Grade

Portland Public Schools realized the long-term benefits of energy efficiency upgrades, but was averse to completing projects because of the district’s limited capital budget which was reserved for emergency infrastructure needs. In addition, officials were concerned that the process of verifying and maintaining ongoing savings would be timely and complicated. Read more.