Top-10 Solutions in March

Our Top-10 Solutions in February rounded out the winter with a bang, and the top solutions in March will have you ready to "spring into" your energy efficiency practices. Check out our Top-10 solutions for March:

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.

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 toolkit 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 (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.


5.  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.

6. 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.



7.  Showcase Project: Booker T. Washington Apartments

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.

8.  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.


9. 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-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.


10. Showcase Project: Discovery Elementary School

Discovery Elementary School opened in 2015 as one of the first Zero Energy schools on the East Coast of the United States.  As one of 23 Elementary Schools at Arlington Public Schools (APS), Discovery serves 650 students from Early Childhood through Fifth Grade. As the first newly constructed district elementary school in 11 years, the 97,588 square foot facility incorporated local community feedback and accommodated a growing district while operating at a 66% lower energy use intensity (EUI) compared to the district’s average. Read more.