Top 10 Solutions for September 2017

The Top 10 Solutions for September will show you tried-and-true energy solutions to help your energy efficiency goals fall into place! If you thought our Top 10 Solutions in August rounded out the summer well, the bonafide solutions from September will keep you intrigued for the new season. This edition of the Top 10 includes tremendous energy savings achieved by a Las Vegas institution, along with showcases, solutions-at-a-glance (SAAGs), and implementation models (IMs) from the Commercial, Healthcare, Industrial, and Local Government sectors. Take a look at the September Top 10!

1. 2017 Better Buildings Summit Presentations – Beyond Widgets: Racking up Savings from Systems Approaches to Building Performance

How can we use the most impactful combinations of energy savings measures, big data from buildings, and strategic investment planning to capture 20-30 percent more whole building energy savings and go beyond just the "low-hanging fruit?" The #3 Summit Panel in our 2017 Top 4, Beyond Widgets: Racking Up Savings from Systems Approaches to Building Performance, tackled building energy systems efficiency and integration topics including phased retrofits across portfolios as well as lessons learned and best practices from actual projects. Read more.

2. Showcase: Los Angeles Aqueduct Filtration Plant Modernization – Oxygen Plant Replacement

The LAAFP treats all of the water delivered from the Los Angeles Aqueduct and the California Aqueduct. Part of an on-going facility upgrade program, the oxygen plant replacement is one of the newest upgrades, scheduled for completion in 2018.  This project involves replacing the existing cryogenic oxygen plant with a pressure swing adsorption plant, which will utilize molecular sieve technology to produce oxygen for the ozonation treatment step. Read more.

3. SAAG: Outdoor Lighting Decision Tree Tool – Successful Approaches of Cities, States, and Regional Groups

Municipalities, states, and other public and federal agencies are continuously looking for new opportunities 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. Read more.

4. Energy Data Access Toolkit: Blueprint for Action

Building owners are measuring and tracking their energy performance in increasing numbers. Known as energy benchmarking, this process helps owners manage energy consumption and reduce waste. Yet, many owners are prevented from benchmarking and making energy efficiency improvements because they cannot access simple energy information for tenant-occupied spaces within their buildings. The Better Buildings Energy Data Access Accelerator developed solutions to help building owners get what they need from their utilities. Read more.

5. Toolkit: Implement Energy Management Information Systems (EMIS) in your building portfolio

EMIS gives property owners and managers the ability to see their energy use and take action to reduce waste. This Better Buildings toolkit gives an introduction to EMIS, including all the tools and resources necessary to improve your organization’s data management practices. Read more.

6. SAAG: Continuous Energy Oversight Saves $400,000 Annually at Hackensack Meridian Health Hackensack University Medical Center

As part of Hackensack Meridian -Hackensack University Medical Center’s efforts to reduce energy consumption at least 20 percent, plant operations are improving energy use in its district cooling and heating system. The central district cooling system is made up of four central chilled water plants, which provide 8,400 tons of cooling to multiple critical facilities. Read more.

7. IM: Accessing Tenant Utility Data in Triple-Net Leased Buildings

For Prologis, an owner, operator, and developer of industrial real estate, benchmarking is a challenge because the majority of its portfolio consists of triple-net leased warehouses and distribution centers. Under a triple-net lease, customers are responsible for paying their own utility bills, which leaves Prologis with little or no insight into whole-building energy consumption. Prologis has added utility data access language to leases, provided authorization forms during the move-in process, and worked directly with utilities in an effort to gain access to this data.Read more.

8. IM: Comprehensive Occupant Engagement Program

Northwestern University developed and launched a communication and engagement program, sustainNU, aimed at encouraging more sustainable behavior among the occupants of the University’s more than 200 buildings. This initiative leverages certification programs, social media, outreach events, and friendly competition to foster a community-wide culture of sustainability and environmental stewardship, removing barriers that discourage sustainable practices. Read more.

9. Showcase: The Venetian and The Palazzo (NEW!)

The Venetian, The Palazzo, and Sands Expo Conference Center are a combined property and metered as a single campus, making this site an ideal target for energy efficiency upgrades and improvements. Las Vegas Sands Corporation identified a number of energy and water efficiency upgrades for its large Las Vegas campus; these have been underway since 2014, and are expected to be completed in 2017. The renovations and improvements were managed by the in-house Sustainability, Development, and Facilities teams. On September 20, DOE traveled to Las Vegas to recognize Las Vegas Sands for the incredible results achieved in this Showcase Project. Read more.

10. IM: Enterprise-Wide Energy Hunt Program (NEW!)

Between 2002 and 2014, Johnson Controls reduced energy intensity globally by 42 percent and knew it would be a challenge to continue improving energy efficiency at the same rate. Thus, the Better Buildings, Better Plants Challenge partner established an “Energy Hunt” program with the objective of empowering local sites with the necessary knowledge, procedures, and tools to identify and implement energy savings projects on a continuous improvement basis. Read more.