Top-10 Solutions in November

By Better Buildings Beat Team on Dec 07, 2016

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

1. SWAP Season 2: U.S. Naval Academy vs. U.S. Air Force Academy

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) launched season two of “Better Buildings Challenge SWAP,” featuring the U.S. Naval Academy and U.S. Air Force Academy. Both military operations swap energy teams to improve the energy efficiency of each one’s campus. The web series covers a two-day swap at each campus. The teams learn from each other that they can apply simple behavioral changes to help students and faculty be more mindful about lighting usage and plug loads in classrooms when not in use. Both teams also show off innovative techniques for energy savings including flat solar panel design, and an on-site biodigester for eliminating food waste.

2. Energy Data Access: Blueprint for Action Toolkit

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 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.

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

Energy management Information Systems (EMIS) are a relatively new technology based on the old adage "you can't manage what you don’t measure." EMIS gives property owners and managers the ability to see their energy use and take action to reduce waste.  This tool kit introduces where to begin. Read more.


4. Shout it from the Mountaintops: Working with Your Communications Team to Tell Your Energy Efficiency Success Story Webinar

Capturing the story behind energy savings projects helps catapult a culture around planning future projects, funding them, and growing a team's value in your company or organization. Hear from leading partners, learn about the innovative SWAP, and learn from media experts giving tips on telling your tale. Watch the webinar today.




 5. Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority (CMHA): Cedar Redevelopment - Cedar Apartments

Through the Cedar Redevelopment Plan in Cleveland, OH, CMHA will be replacing obsolete, dilapidated housing that was originally constructed in the Central neighborhood in the 1950s. The new mixed-income multifamily development is part of CMHA's larger multifaceted, catalytic Central Choice Transformation Plan that incorporates energy efficiency measures through design into housing.  Read more.

6. LINC Housing Implementation Model: Replicable and Scalable Near-Zero Net Energy Retrofits for Low-Income Housing

To strengthen its commitment to sustainability, in 2012 LINC Housing formed SEED Partners, a mission-driven energy and water services company. SEED is focused on sustainable retrofits of LINC’s expanding portfolio, development of renewable energy projects, and enhancing the features of LINC’s properties under development. SEED also offers consulting services to help other owners with retrofitting their portfolio.  Read more.


7. Los Angeles Department of Water and Power Showcase Project: 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

8. Toolkit: K-12 Solutions for Building Energy Excellence

For K-12 School Districts, education remains the primary focus of the sector. However, districts continue to face student population growth, aging infrastructure, rising energy costs, reduced annual operating budgets, and increased plug load demands in the classroom. Better Buildings Challenge K-12 Partners are using innovative approaches to make energy efficiency an operations and maintenance priority. Download the toolkit.

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

The UC Berkeley Energy Management Initiative (EMI) was recognized this month for its 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 thousand therms and $6.5 million in the three years since its implementation. This is equivalent to a 22% drop in energy use intensity over the same period. Read more.  

10. GE Implementation Model: Operations Management Leadership Program

GE is strategically reducing energy consumption throughout its manufacturing operations and supply chain through its Operations Management Leadership Program (OMLP). By design, the program accelerates the deployment of newly hired engineers that are trained in GE’s energy and environmental management program and equipped with the necessary functional and leadership skills needed to help meet the company’s near- and long-term operational challenges. Read more