After releasing our Top-10 Solutions in January, February has brought in a few game-changers to our list of top solutions. February’s Top-10 Solutions are motivating! Check out the latest Top-10:
1. 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.
2. Better Buildings Challenge SWAP Season 2: U.S. Naval Academy vs. U.S. Air Force Academy
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 two, the Naval and Air Force Academies sent their energy teams to tour a variety of buildings, including dormitories, cafeterias, academic buildings and labs, challenging each other to find ways to reduce energy waste. For highly advanced military institutions, SWAP Season Two uncovered some interesting energy-saving opportunities. Read more.
- Watch the episodes
- U.S. Department of Energy progress alert
- Huffington Post: Military Rivals Face Off In An Energy-Saving Web Series
- The Fast Company: The Department Of Energy's Efficiency-Based Reality Show Is Great Television. It's Navy vs. Air Force in a battle over air-conditioning units and food waste biodigestion.
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.
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 Energy Defense Council (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.
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.
6. High Efficiency Troffer Performance Specification
The Better Buildings Alliance has developed a specification for the performance characteristics of high-efficiency lighting troffers. The purpose of the specification is to provide a description of requirements that will result in energy savings for troffers, reliable performance, and energy cost savings. It also includes options for additional requirements such as emergency lighting, dimming, and controls. This specification was developed through collaboration with Better Buildings Alliance Lighting & Electrical Team members and with input from manufacturers and other interested parties. Read more.
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. GE Implementation Model: Operations Management Leadership Program
GE is mitigating energy waste throughout its supply chain and manufacturing operations through its Operations Management Leadership Program (OMLP). The program implements the deployment of newly hired engineers that are trained in GE’s energy and environmental management program. Equipped with the necessary and functional leadership skills to meet GE’s operational challenges, the OMLP helps GE reduce energy waste throughout its manufacturing facilities. Read more.
Located in Jersey City, New Jersey, the Booker T. Washington Apartments are a set of nine three- and four-story brick buildings that provide 319 units of public housing. In 2010, JCHA initiated Phase 1 of a proactive rehabilitation project to upgrade aging infrastructure at Booker T. Washington Apartments. To implement energy and water efficiency measures in a cost-efficient way, JCHA used the energy performance contract (EPC) model where savings generated from efficiency upgrades pay for improvements. Read more.
Watch our video and see what the Better Buildings Summit is all about. Over 900 partners and stakeholders meet for three days to exchange best practices and highlight demonstrated market solutions with an equal emphasis on discussing future opportunities for greater energy efficiency in America’s homes, plants, and buildings.