Top 10 Solutions for August 2017

The Top 10 Solutions for August deliver a riveting wrap-up to summer. If you enjoyed our Top 10 Solutions in July, the tried-and-true solutions from August won’t leave you disappointed. This edition of the Top 10 includes energy practices from a healthcare system that has saved the organization $400,000 a year, along with showcases, solutions-at-a-glance (SAAGs), and implementation models (IMs) from the Commercial, Local Government, Industrial, and Multifamily sectors. Take a look at the August Top 10!

1. Los Angeles Aqueduct Filtration Plant Modernization – Oxygen Plant Replacement (Showcase)

The LAAFP treats all of the water delivered from the Los Angeles Aqueduct and the California Aqueduct. Part of an on-going facility upgrade program, the oxygen plant replacement is one of the newest upgrades, scheduled for completion in 2018.  This project involves replacing the existing cryogenic oxygen plant with a pressure swing adsorption plant, which will utilize molecular sieve technology to produce oxygen for the ozonation treatment step. Read more.

2. Outdoor Lighting Accelerator Toolkit

Within the framework of the Outdoor Lighting Accelerator, Better Buildings worked to help state and local governments move closer to 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. Read more.

3. Accessing Tenant Utility Data in Triple-Net Leased Buildings (IM)

For Prologis, an owner, operator, and developer of industrial real estate, benchmarking is a challenge because the majority of its portfolio consists of triple-net leased warehouses and distribution centers. Under a triple-net lease, customers are responsible for paying their own utility bills, which leaves Prologis with little or no insight into whole building energy consumption. Prologis has added utility data access language to leases, provided authorization forms during the move-in process, and worked directly with utilities in an effort to gain access to this data.Read more.

4. Energy Data Access Toolkit: Blueprint for Action

Building owners are measuring and tracking the energy performance of their buildings in increasing numbers. Known as energy benchmarking, this process helps owners manage energy consumption and reduce wasted energy. Yet, many owners are prevented from benchmarking and making energy efficiency improvements because they cannot access simple energy information for tenant-occupied spaces within their buildings. The Better Buildings Energy Data Access Accelerator developed solutions to help building owners get what they need from their utilities. Read more.

5. Outdoor Lighting Decision Tree Tool – Successful Approaches of Cities, States, and Regional Groups (SAAG)

Municipalities, states, and other public and federal agencies are continuously looking for new opportunities 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. Read more.

6. Arlington County Equipment Bureau (Showcase)

Arlington County’s Equipment Bureau manages and maintains the county’s fleet of 1,200 vehicles. With an HVAC system at the end of its life expectancy, the decision to replace the old equipment with an energy-efficient Variable Refrigerant Volume (VRV) system was consistent with county energy practices as outlined in the County Operations Energy Plan (COEP). The COEP identifies a county objective to increase facility and infrastructure energy productivity through continuous improvements in energy efficiency, and to be a leader in early adoption and promotion of innovative technology. Read more.

7. Continuous Energy Oversight Saves $400,000 Annually at Hackensack Meridian Health Hackensack University Medical Center (SAAG)

As part of Hackensack Meridian  Hackensack University Medical Center’s efforts to reduce energy consumption at least 20 percent, plant operations are improving energy use in its district cooling and heating system. The central district cooling system is made up of four central chilled water plants, which provide 8,400 tons of cooling to multiple critical facilities. Read more.

8. Toolkit: Implement Energy Management Information Systems (EMIS) in your building portfolio

EMIS gives property owners and managers the ability to see their energy use and take action to reduce waste. This Better Buildings toolkit gives an introduction to EMIS, including all the tools and resources necessary to improve your organization’s data-management practices. Read more

9. Comprehensive Occupant Engagement Program (IM)

Northwestern University developed and launched a communication and engagement program, sustainNU, aimed at encouraging more sustainable behavior among the occupants of the University’s more than 200 buildings. This initiative leverages certification programs, social media, outreach events, and friendly competition to foster a community-wide culture of sustainability and environmental stewardship, removing barriers that discourage sustainable practices. Read more.

10. “A No Brainer” – Energy Performance Contracting and Quality-of-Life Improvements for a Smaller PHA (IM)

The Palatka Housing Authority is a public housing authority (PHA) that owns and manages 420 units across seven properties in north-central Florida. Similar to many smaller PHAs, Palatka Housing Authority lacks not only significant capital and operating funds, but also the ability to access traditional bank loans for making improvements to its properties. Despite these barriers, Palatka saw a need to make quality-of-life improvements for residents while also ensuring they remained financially self-sustaining. Leaders at the Authority decided to employ an Energy Performance Contracting (EPC) option available to PHAs. Read more.