Top-10 Solutions in February

By Better Buildings Beat Team on Mar 10, 2016

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

1. King County, WA Implementation Model: Fund to Reduce Energy Use (FRED)

Energy and water efficiency projects often compete with other priorities for limited available financing in local governments.  King County, however, is determined to provide access to funding to help meet its energy reduction goals without having such projects compete with or delay other critical county work. Read more.

2. J.R. Simplot Showcase Project: New Potato Processing Plant

J.R. Simplot’s showcase project is a new, 420,000 square foot, state-of-the-art potato processing plant that will integrate innovative energy-efficient technologies to achieve dramatic energy efficiency improvements of up to 25% while producing hundreds of millions of pounds of frozen potato products per year. Once built, the plant is expected to save the company millions of dollars and contribute to its goal of reducing energy intensity by 25% over 10 years. Read more

3. IHG Implementation Model: Green Engage

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

4. State of Delaware Implementation Model: Centralized Benchmarking & Project Prioritization 

Facing $35 million in energy bills, the Governor of the State of Delaware in 2009 took key steps to make the state a leader in clean energy and sustainability.  Delaware adopted EPA’s Portfolio Manager as its primary mechanism to create an inventory of state buildings and begin tracking their energy performance. This centralized benchmarking and tracking database became the backbone of Delaware’s clean energy strategy.  Read more.

5. City of Boston Showcase Project: Boston Public Library - Central Library in Copley Square

The Central Library in Copley Square ExteriorThe Boston Public Library’s Central Library in Copley Square opened in 1895, when architect Charles Follen McKim completed his "palace for the people." The facility, which serves as headquarters for the Boston Public Library (BPL), was selected to undergo improvements to its energy management system which was significantly outdated and inefficient. As a result of these efforts, the Central Library has realized an annual energy savings of 25% and annual cost savings of 11% in less than one year. Read more

6. State of Minnesota Implementation Model: Guaranteed Energy Savings Program

For Minnesota, ESPC represented an opportunity to mobilize projects that would move the state toward its energy savings goals if building owners understood ESPC and how to use it effectively. Thus in 2012, Minnesota established a dedicated team in the Department of Commerce to offer comprehensive ESPC consulting services. The team is called the Guaranteed Energy Savings Program (GESP) and supports state agencies and local governments through every step of the ESPC process, minimizing the perceived risk of an unfamiliar approach to project implementation. Read more

7.  Prologis Implementation Model: Accessing Tenant Utility Data in Triple-Net Leased Buildings

Benchmarking building energy use is a critical step in making energy efficiency improvements, and is increasingly important for both regulatory requirements and voluntary reporting programs. 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. Read more

8. Hilton Showcase Project: Columbus DowntownHotel lobby aerial view

The Hilton Columbus Downtown is a newly-built 532-room hotel which was designed to be 32% more efficient than required by the ASHRAE 90.1-2007 standard. The property features a number of energy conservation measures (ECMs) including efficient lighting, a building automation system, and variable frequency drives. As a result, Hilton Worldwide saved 32% in annual energy consumption and $387,000 in annual energy costs versus ASHRAE 90.1 2007. Read more

9. Clark County, NV Showcase Project: Fire Station 16

Street View of New Clark County Fire Station 16Clark County's new prototype for fire station design is based on a combination of lessons learned from past County prototype fire stations, ideas gleaned from visiting other fire stations, previous experience of the design team and input from stakeholders during a design charrette. The overall building design is simple – a balance between exhibiting civic pride in its appearance while also recognizing the cost-driven nature of public facilities in the Las Vegas Valley. Read more

10. General Mills Showcase Project: Cedar Rapids Heat Recovery

Boiler condensing economizerGeneral Mills' Cedar Rapids, Iowa, plant is its largest production facility, producing over 70 million cases of ready-to-eat food annually, including cereals, fruit snacks, and frosting. Built in 1968, the facility has a successful history of energy reduction, the product of General Mills’ five-step process that benchmarks, identifies, develops, executes, and then validates energy reduction projects.General Mills is conducting a comprehensive heat recovery project that is expected to reduce energy usage at the plant by about 5%. In combination with other recent efforts, this will lead to a total energy intensity improvement of about 23%
over the last four years at the plant. Read more.