Top 10 Solutions from September

This month’s Top 10 most-viewed solutions on the Better Buildings Solution Center include the Home Energy Score™, a webinar series on performance contracting, the new Better Buildings Financing Navigator 2.0, Ford’s Go Green Dealership Program and more!

1. Home Energy Score™ 

Home owners, buyers, and renters can use DOE’s Home Energy Score™ to see comparable, credible information about a home’s energy use, allowing them to easily assess their energy-usage and compare their score across the entire housing market. Read more.

2. Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Project Profiles Database

This database of more than 130 CHP Project Profiles -- 2-3 page summaries of individual combined heat and power projects -- was compiled by DOE's CHP Technical Assistance Partnerships (TAPs). These profiles can be searched by a variety of characteristics, including state, market sector, fuel, installation year and more. The CHP TAPs promote and assist in transforming the market for CHP, waste heat to power, and district energy technologies throughout the U.S. Read more.

3. Better Buildings Financing Navigator 2.0

The Better Buildings Financing Navigator helps users learn the basics of the energy efficiency and renewable energy financing market, compare financing options, and connect with Better Buildings Financial Allies. The newly-launched Financing Navigator 2.0 features updated market data and insights, new content on renewable financing options, and other financing resources. Read more.

4. Energy Savings Performance Contracting (ESPC) Webinar Series - NEW!  

This 5-part webinar series takes you through the ESPC Toolkit section by section, examining each stage of the project decision-making process and answering questions submitted by participants. The ESPC Toolkit is a collection of resources that enable state and local communities to benefit from the experience of partners who have successfully established and implemented performance contracting. It includes the best practices and innovative approaches used by states, cities, and K-12 schools. Read more.

5. City of Boston: Energy Data Optimization – Dashboards, Utility Bill Verification, and Open Data

The City of Boston pays bills for nearly 4,000 utility accounts across more than a dozen different municipal departments. With so many accounts across a wide range of city departments, it was difficult to verify the accuracy of charges. To improve the city’s energy management process, Boston implemented a programmatic overhaul to energy data collection, analysis, and reporting. This change saved the city $1.2 million in recovered funds from utility billing errors and improved transparency and accountability through an open data portal. Read more.

6. High-Efficiency RTU Replacement Toolkit

This toolkit contains resources to help HVAC contractors and service companies work with their customers through a step-by-step method of evaluating and managing their inventory of rooftop units (RTUs) and how to evaluate the business case for high-efficiency replacements. From an incentives database to a comparison calculator, the toolkit provides everything needed to make an informed decision regarding RTU replacements. Read more.

7. Commercial PACE Financing for Resiliency Toolkit

Commercial property assessed clean energy (CPACE) financing can be used to fund resiliency improvements that make buildings more resistant to natural disasters and other threats. CPACE policies and programs are becoming more widespread, making it easier for more customers to access CPACE financing. This toolkit provides the necessary information for building owners, operators, and occupants that may want to take advantage of CPACE financing to improve resiliency in their facilities. Read more.

8. Mt. Washington Elementary School

Mt. Washington Elementary, part of the Bullitt County Public School District in Kentucky, is a K-12 school built in 1974, with 51,991 square feet of building space. The school was renovated to add more than 12,000 square feet of additional space in the form of classrooms, a media center, and a new gymnasium. The renovation also included an overhaul of the HVAC controls and lighting upgrades from T-12 to T-8, which resulted in 32% energy savings, a $28,000 annual cost reduction, and improved indoor air quality for students and faculty. Read more.

9. Ford Go Green Dealership Program

Ford Motor Company launched a national Go Green Sustainability Program that has helped identify 27% savings opportunities in participating Ford dealerships. Ford conducts a comprehensive energy assessment at participating dealerships to identify opportunities to reduce energy consumption and make capital investments in new technologies. Dealers that proceed with facility upgrades and show significant improvement are eligible for company recognition. The Go Green program includes approximately half of all Ford dealerships in the U.S.  Read more.

10. How to Implement Green Revolving Funds

This collection of solutions provides cross-sector guidance on establishing a green revolving fund to overcome the common barrier of dedicated capital. A green revolving fund is an internal capital pool dedicated to funding energy efficiency, renewable energy, and sustainability projects that generate cost savings. A portion of those savings are then used to replenish the fund, establishing an ongoing funding vehicle to help drive energy efficiency and sustainability investment over time. Read more.