Top-10 Solutions in January

By Better Buildings Beat Team on Feb 09, 2017

Fresh off our Top-10 Solutions in 2016, the first month of 2017 has seen our Solution rankings moving and shaking. January’s Top-10 Solutions kick off the year with a bang. See our latest Top-10 below:

1. Better Buildings Financing Navigator

In January, 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.

3. Toolkit: Implement Energy Management Information Systems (EMIS) in your Building Portfolio

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 tool kit introduces where to begin. Read more.


4. 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 Energy Defense Council (EDC), 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.

5. 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.

6. 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-2000s, 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.

7. UC Berkeley Implementation Model: Tying Energy Costs to Building Occupants

The UC Berkeley Energy Management Initiative (EMI) is having a tremendous impact on the campus’ building energy use. Designed to complement existing campus operations and goals, EMI broadly consists of four components: The Energy Incentive Program (EIP), Energy Office, Energy Dashboards, and Energy Policy. To date, EMI has saved 58.7 million kWh, 893,000 therms and $6.5 million in the three years since its implementation. This is equivalent to a 22 percent drop in energy usage over the same period. Read more.

8. City of Milwaukee, WI Implementation Model: Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Program

In order to facilitate energy efficiency improvements of commercial and industrial buildings in its jurisdiction, the City of Milwaukee implemented a PACE program. PACE allows building owners to repay loans for energy improvements over time through a special assessment on their property tax bill attached to the property, not the owner. If the owner sells the property before the end of the loan term, the new owner inherits the loan along with the energy improvements, which reduces the risk of financing to building owners. This financing option removes barriers of additional financing options to building owners. Read more.


9. Canterbury Towers Showcase Project

On Thursday, January 12, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Department of Energy (DOE) gathered at Canterbury Towers in Worcester, Massachusetts to honor Corcoran Management, the multifamily apartment facility’s management company, for its energy efficiency practices. By participating in the Energy Department’s Better Buildings Challenge, the 100,000-square-foot, 156-unit affordable apartment community has cut energy use by 30 percent and is saving $50,000 annually. Read more.

10. 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.