Better Buildings Bulletin

February 2017

News and Announcements

The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) through the Better Buildings Challenge recognized the Corcoran Management Company today for its renewable and energy-efficient upgrades implemented at Canterbury Towers, one of the company's multi-family housing facilities located in Worcester, Massachusetts.

The Canterbury Towers demonstrates how building efficiency upgrades can preserve quality living for elderly and disabled persons. Most recently, at this property, Corcoran Management is preserving the comfort and affordability for its residents with updates to the lighting and HVAC systems, and the replacement of all windows. Altogether the 100,000 square foot, 156-unit affordable apartment community has cut energy use by 30% and is saving $50,000 annually on energy costs.

Top-10 Solutions in January
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: ...
Ever wonder what the Better Buildings Summit can do to help you advance your organization's energy, water, or sustainability programs? ...
Pushing the Envelope: Better Buildings Partners are Invited to Join the Alliance Building Envelope Technology Solutions Team
When we think of building technologies and energy efficiency, we usually jump to things like lighting, HVAC, and building automation systems. However, the first system of a building that plays a role in its efficiency and performance is the envelope. The building envelope – walls, windows, roofs, and foundation – is the primary physical barrier for heat and cold between the interior and the outside environment. Building envelope technologies account for approximately 36 percent...
Corcoran Management Showcases Energy Upgrades in Canterbury Towers
The New Year is off to a strong start with Better Buildings Multifamily partner Corcoran Management being recognized as a leader in energy efficiency by DOE and HUD. In January, Corcoran Management Founder John Corcoran hosted a tour of Canterbury Towers, an apartment community in Worcester, Massachusetts, along with Director of Maintenance Operations Gary Saltmarsh. City Councilor Khrystian King...
Partner Solutions: Showcase Projects
Medical Plaza Showcase Project
Hackensack University Medical Center anticipates a 20% energy savings at the Medical Plaza ambulatory care facility due to a Building Automation System (BAS) upgrade, chiller plant optimization,campus-wide steam plant replacement, and strategical local utility partnership. 
REI’s LEED® Platinum distribution center in Goodyear, Arizona is a net zero facility that that features renewable energy, energy efficiency,...
Vista Peak Preparatory Showcase Project
Aurora Public Schools selected Vista Peak to undergo a 14-month recommissioning of the HVAC system to maximize energy savings potential.
As part of an energy savings performance contract, Xenia Community Schools implemented an energy savings performance contract to upgrade Warner Middle School lighting and HVAC controls.
The University of Utah implemented a number of airflow upgrades at the Eyring Buildings which are expeced to cut annual energy use by 44%.
Better Information
New air sealing technologies have emerged that aim to improve the performance of air barrier systems by simplifying their installation procedures. Oak Ridge National Laboratory verified the performance of LIQUIDARMOR CM Flashing and Sealant – an example of this new advanced material – with field tests and energy simulations at the Homeland Security Training Center at the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, Illinois.

Better Buildings Alliance High Efficiency Troffer Performance Specification Update Release!

In January 2017, the Better Buildings Alliance released the updated Troffer Performance Specification Version 6.0. The purpose of the specification is to provide a list of requirements that will result in energy savings of more than 50 percent on a one-for-one basis, and up to 80 percent with the use of controls compared to standard fluorescent troffers. The specification provides commercial building stakeholders with information for realizing energy and cost savings by upgrading to high-efficiency LED technology. The updated specification remains aligned with technology advances and ensures consistency with basic performance requirements of the DesignLights Consortium premium efficiency levels. Highlights of Version 6.0 includes an increased luminaire efficacy of 125 lm/W and guidance related to tunable white troffers.

For additional information on high efficiency troffer lighting, adopting Version 6.0 of the troffer specification, plus learning about the energy saving and benefits, review the newly released Better Buildings High Efficiency Troffer Lighting Fact Sheet.
 

Archived Webinars

Efficiency Treasure Chest: How Cities, Manufacturers and Retailers are Unlocking Energy Savings in Warehouses and Distribution Centers

Hear how partners are addressing energy use in warehouses and distribution centers and gain ideas for your own buildings.
 

Made to Fit: How paid-from-savings projects can work more broadly for providers of multifamily rental housing

Learn more about how owners of multifamily rental housing can find technical experts and financing options while protecting their interests and realizing energy and water savings.
 

Better Buildings Residential Network

New Residential Network Members’ Lessons Learned Greatest Hits

Kick off the year with a new set of Peer Exchange Call lessons learned greatest hits from Residential Network members. The ninth Lessons Learned: Peer Exchange Calls features key takeaways from calls held during summer 2016.
 

New Building Technologies Office Connected Thermostat Report

The Building Technologies Office – Emerging Technologies program published a report in December 2016 that provides a summary of the latest thermostat technology. Overview of Existing and Future Residential Use Cases for Connected Thermostats shows the growth of internet-enabled, programmable, or connected thermostats and the opportunities they provide for residential energy efficiency.

 

Mark Your Calendar: Upcoming Webinars, Events, Conferences

Better Buildings Events

The Better Buildings Summit is a national meeting where leading organizations across key sectors showcase solutions to cut energy intensity in their buildings portfolio-wide by 20% over the next ten years. This Summit is designed for partners and stakeholders to exchange best practices and highlight demonstrated market solutions with an equal emphasis on discussing future opportunities for greater energy efficiency in America’s homes and buildings. ...

Industry Conference

Datacenter Dynamics (DCD) is pleased to offer Better Buildings partners access to free registration until Jan. 31 to this essential event for the data center industry! At the conference, partners can join other leading businesses in one of the biggest data center meet ups in New York. With 100+ hours of expert panels, keynote presentations, interactive workshops and roundtables, not to mention an expo showcasing 100 of the latest technologies. LBNL is a proud...
Join more than 3,000 commercial and multifamily real estate finance professionals in San Diego for four days of networking, relationship building, and deal making. MBA's Commercial Real Estate Finance/Multifamily Housing Convention & Expo 2017 (CREF17) offers access to key industry leaders, CEOs, and expert panelists who discuss the latest industry trends, regulatory developments, and strategies to succeed in today's dynamic marketplace.

Peer Exchange Calls

A webinar presented to facility managers about successful interior lighting choices from T-Mobile; information about the Interior Lighting Campaign; and information about lighting technologies.
Juliann Rogers from CKE Restaurants will discuss our recently-published case study on the use of adaptive defrost and evaporator controls at their Carl’s Jr. location in Huntington Beach, California.  Aaron Daly from Whole Foods and the North American Sustainable Refrigeration Council (NASRC) will also describe NASRC’s efforts in spreading the word on alternative refrigerants and the resources they’ve assembled.
Please join the Better Buildings Space Conditioning Technical Team for a call to review new resources. We will review the new HVAC Resource Map, which is an intuitive graphical interface that provides quick access to a broad array of quality information on operations and maintenance best practices and energy and water efficiency measures. In addition, we will review a definitional document of automated fault detection and diagnostics (AFDD) for rooftop units (RTUs) used in the Advanced RTU...
Air barrier solutions, like sealants, membranes, spray foams, and sheathings, are key to addressing air leakage in commercial buildings, which can account for about 20 percent of the total energy used to heat and cool buildings. During this Building Envelope Tech Team Meeting, we will discuss current practices in measuring air leakage and explore technical resources to support application of advanced air barrier technologies.
Guanjing Lin and Jessica Granderson from the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab (LBNL) will present new EMIS resources: a guide on identifying the Top Opportunities for Commercial Building Efficiency, and a study on the characterization of Fault Detection and Diagnostic (FDD) tools.
The BBA Plug and Process Load Team is holding its bi-annual call to talk through new and upcoming resources that showcase opportunities for reducing plug load energy, and highlight upcoming industry events. Nana Wilberforce, the energy manager at PNC Financial Services, will also provide a technical presentation on PNC’s plug load pilot project with Carnegie Mellon University, and the outcomes of this project that have led PNC to dive deep into plug load data analytics. These...

Webinar

Pumping and cleaning water for our homes, businesses, and schools is a major energy drain. Doing the job on-site can be more efficient and reduce energy costs. Join this webinar to hear how different organizations are making on-site wastewater treatment work for them.
This webinar will discuss Zero Energy Buildings across the public and commercial sectors, and highlight DOEs new Zero Energy focused accelerators. Participants will also learn from experiences of those who built ZE buildings as well as get an overview of the growth of ZE buildings in the US.
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Building Technologies Office 2017 Peer Review

Join the DOE Building Technologies Office (BTO) for the 2017 Annual Program Peer Review, March 13-16, at the DoubleTree Crystal City (300 Army Navy Drive, Arlington, VA 22202). BTO will be reviewing selected projects under the Better Buildings Alliance Technology Solutions Teams.

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January 2017

News and Announcements
Register NOW for the 2017 Better Buildings Summit!
The U.S. Department of Energy's Better Buildings Summit will take place this May 15-17, in Washington, D.C. As one of the premier events for energy and business professionals, the Summit is the forum to engage with peers and explore and share innovative organizational strategies, trends in financing and technology, water efficiency, and much more. ...
This just in: Navy vs. Air Force - the latest Better Buildings SWAP highlights Federal Leadership

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today 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.

New Better Buildings Financing Navigator: Find financing solutions for energy efficiency projects
Upfront costs are a major barrier to implementing energy efficiency projects. Despite demonstrated energy cost savings of at least 20-30% and the low risk nature of investments in energy efficiency, many efficiency projects do not receive the funding required for implementation. This is due, in part, to poor market information and education regarding financing solutions. Many customers and vendors have an incomplete understanding of the financing options available and how they compare with...
Top-10 Solutions in 2016
This year's Top-10 Solutions are featured below. These are the most-viewed solutions in the Better Buildings Solution Center. ...
Energy Department Launches Zero Energy Schools Accelerator

Today the Energy Department launched the Better Buildings Zero Energy Schools Accelerator with new partners including six school districts, two states and several national organizations who will be working collaboratively to develop zero energy design that is cost-competitive to conventional construction in the education sector and in local communities across the nation.  A Zero Energy Building is an energy-efficient building, where on a source energy basis, the actual delivered energy is less than or equal to the onsite renewable exported energy.

In conjunction with the launch, Energy Department officials joined other key stakeholders today to tour Discovery Elementary School, a Zero Energy school located near the nation’s capital in Arlington, Virginia, which officially opened its doors in September 2015. Discovery’s engineering team expects to offset its energy usage with renewable energy and to potentially save about $75,000 within its first year of operation. Discovery Elementary is one of 40 emerging Zero Energy ready schools in the U.S., and was built with advanced next generation energy efficiency and renewable power features, including solar rooftop and geothermal heating and cooling systems.

Chances are the commercial building you work in or manage consumes excess energy by drawing power from appliances when not in use. In fact, the General Services Administration estimates that 25% of commercial plug load electricity is lost to these “phantom” loads.  An easy solution to reduce phantom loads is to purchase and install Advanced Power Strips (APS). These APS technologies look just like traditional...
Better Buildings Challenge K-12 Schools partner Alachua County Public Schools (ACPS), located in northern Florida, has launched one of the country’s most innovative solar leasing programs. The feed-in tariff (FIT) program is a public-private partnership which allows private investors to lease space on district building roofs, on which they install solar photo-voltaic (PV) arrays....
Better Buildings Accelerator helps state and local organizations across the country partner with low income neighborhoods to deliver affordable energy solutions to residents
Over the last six months, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has been working with 38 state and local partners to identify ways to reduce monthly home energy bills for low income residents by increasing opportunities for energy efficiency and solar installations. In collaboration with the U.S. Departments of Housing and Urban Development and Health and Human Services and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and several national organizations partnering in the Clean Energy for Low...
A vital component of the development of an energy efficient, sustainable building stock is the availability of highly skilled professionals to assist in its development. As energy efficient technologies and strategies become more advanced it is imperative to have a workforce that is capable of optimizing these advances to actualize efficiency. The Better Buildings Workforce Guidelines are a national framework designed to...
City of Knoxville, TN Hosts Tour of New Public Works Complex
Better Buildings Challenge partner Knoxville, TN., hosted David Friedman, the acting Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy at DOE, for a two-day visit in December that included a tour of the Public Works complex. ...
Coming Soon to a Screen Near You: SWAP Season 2 Featuring U.S. Naval Academy and U.S. Air Force Academy
Could harnessing America’s binge-watching habits change the world? With the launch of Season 2 of the Better Buildings Challenge SWAP we hope to find out. Touching down tomorrow, this season features two natural rivals – the U.S. Naval Academy and U.S. Air Force Academy – as they swap energy teams with a mission to improve each campus’ energy efficiency. ...
Energize Denver program kicks off
On December 19, 2016, the City of Denver passed a landmark ordinance that will drive significant energy performance improvements in the City’s large multi-family and commercial buildings. The ordinance, the Energize Denver program, requires that the energy performance of large multi-family and commercial buildings be tracked and reported on an annual...
ICYMI: Better Buildings Challenge partners share sustainability successes at National League of Cities Summit
In November, the National League of Cities (NLC) hosted the annual City Summit in Pittsburgh, Pa., their largest conference for bringing city leaders together to discuss challenges, trends, and strategies. Two Better Buildings Local Government Partners, the City of Chula Vista, Calif., and the
With over 25 school districts signed up for the Better Buildings Challenge, covering 15,000 buildings and over 225 million square feet, our partners have taken on and overcome various barriers to advancing clean energy goals. K-12 School Districts across the country continue to face student population growth, aging infrastructure, rising energy costs, reduced annual operating budgets, and...
Mayor Andy Berke Unveils City of Chattanooga's Better Buildings Challenge Showcase Project
Better Buildings Challenge Partner Chattanooga, Tennessee, announced its first showcase project, the Chattanooga Public Library. In the heart of downtown Chattanooga’s Innovation District, this unique 4-story, 12,000-square-foot space will...
In the November issue of Multifamily Executive, an article on how the Better Buildings Challenge assists property owners with using data to make energy efficient choices was revealed. In the article, Better Buildings Challenge partners receive assistance with utility benchmarking and utility data analysis, a key benefit ...
New Case Study: Arizona Leverages Industry Standards to Improve Home Performance Program
For most American households, a 5-30% savings on energy bills is possible by making home energy upgrades typically identified in a home energy assessment. State and local governments, utilities, and nonprofits across the nation offer programs that allow home owners to upgrade their home to reduce energy use.  Through the Better Buildings Home Upgrade Program Accelerator, DOE is working with partners that offer these programs to help increase the number of services offered to...
SWAP Season 2: Energy efficiency starts with behavior changes
Saving energy and reducing our amount of waste is a habit that we as future junior officers need to develop. Students at the U.S. Naval Academy represent the future of the U.S. Navy, and we have the potential to introduce a culture of conservation and awareness within the organization. Through my participation in the Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Challenge SWAP, I realized that there is so much more that can be done to be conscious of the amount of energy I am using, or...
SWAP Season 2: How students are leading the way in energy efficiency
In the Air Force, energy is everything. As a civil engineering major at the Air Force Academy, I’ve come to learn how dependent we are on energy—we can’t do anything without it. ...
Tackling Energy Waste One Byte at a Time
Today, more than ever, our economy runs on computing power. Even Black Friday is being supplanted by Cyber Monday. While the internet, mobile phones, and other connected devices make our lives easier in so many ways, there is a downside. Processing, storing, and distributing this electronic data uses vast amounts of energy, and this comes at a cost to both our economy and the environment. ...
Top-10 Solutions in October
Each month we recap the most viewed solutions shared by Better Buildings partners. Check out October's Top-10 solutions below.  ...

Today the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the National League of Cities launched the Better Buildings Zero Energy Districts Accelerator to move the building market toward adopting sustainable practices to help districts achieve zero energy use in buildings. Zero Energy Districts are comprised of multi-purpose energy-efficient buildings, where the annual energy delivered to buildings is less than or equal to on-site renewable exported energy.

Zero Energy Districts Contribute to Resilience and Energy Independence
Zero energy design and construction has become a key strategy in working towards energy independence and resilience for American cities. Building to zero energy specifications has emerged in recent years as a viable solution to meet the built environment needs of a growing global population, which is expected to influence the expansion, or reconstruction, of 60% of the world’s building stock. The Department of Energy (DOE) recently
Zero Energy Schools - Spotlight on Arlington County Public Schools
Education serves as the foundation of a strong and resilient society. While educators and curriculums contribute greatly to the success of the student body, it has become progressively apparent that the built environment also has an impact on not just energy but also student performance. The power of education extends far beyond the classroom – evident in everything from the collective ability to compete on an international stage, to developing masterful solutions to the most...
Local government partners of the Better Buildings Challenge closed out 2016 with a flurry of major energy efficiency measures that will drive significant energy performance improvements and provide models for other city action across the country. ...
Partners in the News
Partner Solutions: Showcase Projects
Blair Office Building Showcase Project
The Blair Office Building is a multi-tenant commercial office building, built in 1963, with seven-stories above grade and one floor below grade. The Blair Office Building is located in Silver Spring, Md., just outside the nation’s capital.
Chattanooga, Tennessee, expects to cut annual energy use by 41 percent in the public library through implementing LED lighting throughout the building and overhauling the HVAC system.
Volvo Group NA, in the process of implementing an Energy Management System as part of its participation in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Superior Energy Performance program, identified building HVAC as a Significant Energy Use at its Macungie, Pa., plant.
Discovery Elementary School in Arlington, Va., opened in 2015 as one of the first Zero Energy schools on the east coast of the United States. In its first year of operation, the building saved the district about $78,000 in energy costs.
50 California Street Showcase Project
Shorenstein Realty Services upgraded to Direct Digital Controls, modified set points, installed variable frequency drives, and upgraded to LEDs at a 735,000 square foot office building in San Francisco.
Jacobs Hall Showcase Project
A collaborative, project-based educational space featuring open-plan workshops for hands-on interdisciplinary learning, UC Berkeley’s Jacobs Hall incorporates many other best practices in green building and after just five months in operation, the building expects energy savings of 65 percent, or $41,000.
Partner Solutions: Implementation Models
Sustainability Training Implementation Model
Corcoran Management created a standardized, mandatory energy efficiency and buildings operations training module. So far 35 percent of staff have been trained, energy efficiency conversations have become more common, and energy-saving opportunities are more easily identified.
Mankato, Minn., obtained funding and assembled a multidisciplinary team to implement green retrofits that benefit resident health, resulting in a 44 percent reduction in energy use and improved resident comfort and health.
Starbucks implemented a customized EMS package based on store typology with the ability to provide real-time visibility to store conditions, and centrally set and adjust schedules and set points that automatically set in-store temperature and lighting to match local weather conditions. This  saved six percent of the utility cost on average, and gave Starbucks the ability to measure equipment performance and monitor store comfort for customers.
Partner Solutions: Solutions at a Glance
Better Buildings Challenge K-12 Partners are using innovative approaches to make energy efficiency an operations and maintenance priority. Energy efficiency offers the potential to redirect significant savings back to educating students while establishing a safe, healthy, and productive environment for learning. K-12 partners have shared the following practices, programs, and policies that help advance clean energy goals and build energy literacy in science, technology, engineering and...
In search of a financing option with minimal capital investment by the hospital, Hackensack UMC entered a strategic partnership with its utility company, which offers a Hospital Efficiency Program that allocates upfront funding for hospitals to implement energy efficiency projects.
District Energy Plan Solutions at a Glance
Bullitt County Public School District created an Energy Team to create, implement, and oversee the District Energy Plan, which focuses on using energy resources in a safe and proficient manner as well as recognizing and implementing cost saving methods and growing staff and student commitment to identified best practices in energy management.
Better Information

Webinar

This webinar was the inaugural meeting of the new Building Envelope Tech Team. The team discussed an array of online resources, including case studies, specification documents, and installation guidance for building envelope subcategories (windows, walls, and roofs). The attendees also discussed investments in building envelope wall, windows, and roof technologies, and the pros and cons of new technologies like next generation windows, dynamic controls, window shading, and sprayable air...
While sub-meters on their own don’t save energy or water, they play a crucial part in successful energy and water reduction efforts. Get the low down from our expert panelists on the best practices, benefits, and current costs to meter energy, water, and data centers in your buildings.
As part of CKE Restaurants’ commitment to cutting energy waste, the company has published a case study on advanced demand defrost control systems for walk-in coolers and freezers. The field test, conducted in collaboration with Southern California Edison, was conducted in CKE’s Carl’s Jr. restaurants.

Latest Lessons Learned From Residential Network Peer Exchange Calls
This digest summarizes Better Buildings Residential Network member key takeaways from Spring 2016. The residential energy efficiency topics covered range from marketing and outreach to program design and customer experience.

Mark Your Calendar: Upcoming Webinars, Events, Conferences

Industry Conference

Datacenter Dynamics (DCD) is pleased to offer Better Buildings partners access to free registration until Jan. 31 to this essential event for the data center industry! At the conference, partners can join other leading businesses in one of the biggest data center meet ups in New York. With 100+ hours of expert panels, keynote presentations, interactive workshops and roundtables, not to mention an expo showcasing 100 of the latest technologies. LBNL is a proud...

Event

The 2017 Presidential Climate Leadership Summit is a significant moment and turning point for Second Nature and the Climate Leadership Network. The 2017 Summit is designed for campus sustainability teams, including specialized content for presidents, faculty, and staff.

Program Deadlines

Advanced RTU Campaign (ARC) Awards

The Advanced RTU Campaign categories have been finalized for its annual recognition efforts. For 2017, the awards will be presented at the PRSM National Conference in Dallas, Texas, on Wednesday, April 19. Awards submissions for the 2017 ARC Awards are due no later than Friday, February 3. Submit your applications here

Opportunities to Participate

Apply now! Submissions are open for the Advanced RTU Campaign’s Annual recognition efforts!

Applications are open to submit your organization for the Advanced RTU Campaign's annual recognition efforts! For 2017, the awards will be presented at the Professional Retail Store Maintenance Association’s National Conference in Dallas, Texas, on April 19. These awards serve to highlight leadership and excellence in commercial building rooftop unit efficiency.

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October 2016

News and Announcements
The Countdown to the 2017 Better Buildings Summit is On!
It’s time to get excited for the 2017 Better Buildings Summit, presented by the U.S. Department of Energy!  For the fourth consecutive year, over 900 Better Buildings partners and allies will come together at the Summit to explore and share innovative strategies, emerging trends, and high-impact technologies in energy and water efficiency. ...

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is launching the Better Communities Alliance (BCA), a new collaborative effort among 60 local governments, philanthropies, nonprofit organizations, and leading private companies to accelerate local clean energy progress across the country. The BCA was announced today by the White House during Smart Cities Week. 

As part of the Better Buildings Initiative, the BCA will deliver new clean energy resources, technical assistance, and facilitate collaboration between public and private partners by making it easier for participants to connect and exchange ideas.

On September 23, Secretary Ernest Moniz announced that 12 partners in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Better Buildings, Better Plants program have met their energy or water savings goals this year, and 30 new partners have joined the program, representing significant growth for the program to accelerate progress in energy and water savings. Since President Obama launched the Better Buildings, Better Plants program five years ago, partners have saved more than $3 billion in cumulative energy costs.

The Better Buildings, Better Plants Program is part of the broader Better Buildings Initiative, launched in 2011. The goal of the Better Buildings program is to make commercial, public, industrial, and residential buildings 20 percent more energy efficient over ten years.

Better Plants partners represent more than 11 percent of the manufacturing sector’s total energy footprint, with over 2,500 facilities across the United States. So far, partners have reported cumulative energy savings of 600 trillion BTUs, and nearly 35 million metric tons of avoided climate-changing carbon emissions.

Better Buildings Initiative Expanding to Increase Efficiency of U.S. Laboratories

The U.S. Department of Energy is launching the Better Buildings Smart Labs Accelerator to advance energy efficiency in laboratory buildings owned and operated by universities, corporations, national laboratories, hospitals, and federal agencies. Through the new Better Buildings Smart Labs Accelerator, partners will pursue ambitious energy-saving targets and strategies that will address key barriers to improving energy efficiency.

A typical laboratory is nearly four times more energy intensive than an average commercial building and can account for up to 70% of a given campus' energy footprint. It's estimated that if all laboratory buildings improved their energy efficiency by 20%, annual energy and cost savings could reach about 40 trillion British Thermal Units or $1 billion.

As part of Smart Cities Week, the White House recently announced a new Energy Department-led Smart Energy Analytics Campaign to encourage the use of cost-effective, energy-saving building analytics platforms – also known as energy management information systems technologies (EMIS) – in commercial buildings nationwide, and refine best practices. Energy management information system (EMIS) technologies are a broad group of smart energy management tools that help monitor, analyze and control building energy use and system performance. EMIS can achieve 10-20 percent energy savings in a single commercial building. If these best practices were adopted by all commercial buildings in the nation, more than $4 billion in cost savings could be achieved.

The campaign is also meant to help building operators use analytics for overall long-term energy management and better building performance. The initial goal is to engage commercial building owners and operators to use smart energy analytics in 80 million square feet of floor space. Already the 18 partners represent a total of 1,800 buildings or 50 million square feet. 

The Energy Department’s Better Buildings Challenge recognized the Wendy’s Company and its franchisee, Wendco Group, for leadership in energy efficiency. This local restaurant achieved a 37 percent total energy reduction or more than 50 percent energy savings per sales transaction, and nearly $8,000 in savings annually.

Through the Better Buildings Challenge, Wendy’s has committed to achieving 20 percent energy savings over 10 years, across 1.5 million square feet of building space at company-owned restaurants. It’s also the first restaurant company to include franchisees. To date, six franchisees have joined, adding an additional 270 restaurants (nearly 700,000 square feet) to the collective Wendy’s footprint. 

Wendy’s joined the Better Buildings Challenge in January of this year and was so inspired by the program that the company started its own program called the Wendy’s Energy Challenge. The program is modeled after the Better Buildings Challenge and encourages Wendy’s franchisees across North America to be good stewards of energy usage. 

 

Top-10 Solutions in September
Each month we recap the most viewed solutions shared by Better Buildings partners. Check out September's Top-10 solutions below.  ...
Preservation of Affordable Housing Uses Utility Data to Plan Retrofits and Attract Funding
Preservation of Affordable Housing (POAH), a Better Buildings Challenge multifamily partner, is a nonprofit developer, owner, and operator of nearly 9,000 affordable homes in nine states and the District of Columbia. The organization operates a diverse portfolio of multifamily housing, including high-rises, garden apartments, and townhouses. ...
SWAP Season 2: Sneak Peek Airs at Navy V. Airforce Rivalry Football Game
This November, every energy fanatics’ favorite show is back! ...
EDF Climate Corps and Better Buildings Partners Talked Shop in NYC
In September, the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) Climate Corps and the Better Buildings Initiative co-hosted a local peer networking event in New York City, bringing together Climate Corps host organizations and Better Buildings partners. Through a series of facilitated discussions, attendees shared their energy efficiency experiences – successes, strategies, and obstacles. Over 40 NYC professionals representing local government, commercial real estate, affordable housing and more,...
Better Plants Announces Cost Savings of $3.1 Billion Over 6 Years at WEEC
The Industrial sector racks up an annual energy bill of about $200 billion while running the backbone of the American economy and accounting for 30 percent of all U.S. energy consumption. But the power of American manufacturers is on full display during the World Energy Engineering Congress (WEEC), when the Better Plants Progress report releases its update. ...
Better Buildings Challenge multifamily partners are looking ahead. With a few barriers knocked down for access to energy data, they now are turning attention to enhancing data delivery. Effective data delivery helps to guide future phases of research and development for new energy efficiency policies and programs. ...
The Tower Companies Drives Tenant Space Energy Reductions with Plug Load Pilot
Reducing plug load energy use in a multi-tenant office can be a challenge. Balancing tenant engagement with technology installation and everything in between takes careful planning, execution, and good communication – and the benefits of these efforts have not been well documented. To better understand the impact of plug load energy reduction strategies, The Tower Companies implemented a pilot program in one of their large office properties in downtown Washington, D.C. The pilot...
Coming Soon: A New ESPC Toolkit to Fine-Tune Funding Approaches for Retrofit Buildings Projects
Many public institutions hope to find the upfront funds to retrofit buildings knowing that the investments will reap savings for their organizations. But the truth is, it’s not always easy to get the money and ensure the savings all at the same time (which as energy professionals know, is what is often needed to get a project sold to leadership and shovels in the ground digging). ...
Arlington County Launches Energy Podcast To Tell Local Sustainability Stories
As social media expands its many channels – LinkedIn, Twitter, Skype – so do the innovative tactics institutions use to reach their communities. Arlington County, Va., pursued a non-traditional way of engaging both residents and the public sector at large. The latest addition to the Arlington Initiative to Rethink Energy (AIRE), the county’s successful program committed to improving energy decisions, is its very own podcast series: Rethink Energy. ...
Wendy's Restaurant Sweeps up Energy Savings - One Franchisee at a Time
Restaurants are compact spaces that are outfitted to bring food and people together. And when the approach to making food and hosting people leans toward energy efficiency, then you've got the Wendy's/Wendco Mobile, Alabama restaurant with savings of 37 percent or 50 percent per transaction. ...
It’s easy to justify making water conservation a priority when just reducing water use by 20 percent can net almost $50,000 in savings in some markets. Even outside a drought-affected region, it’s smart to save water. ...
Shari’s Café and Pies Fully Baked Efficiency Plan
Contrary to popular belief, actualizing energy savings isn’t as simple as solely installing energy efficient equipment, it requires a holistic approach. Shari’s Café decided to tackle energy consumption head on when the company realized that in order to maximize the full savings potential of the energy upgrades...
UC Berkeley Captures Energy Savings by Empowering Building Operators
University campuses are a treasure trove of energy efficiency opportunities, as their facilities teams will tell you. The challenge is not in identifying opportunities for savings, but in finding the time to pursue them among competing demands for facility teams’ time. Keeping systems running to meet the needs of teaching and research will always be priority number one for these stakeholders, often making it harder to consider day-to-day energy performance to reduce operating costs.
Back with a bang, the Better Buildings Webinar Series is officially happening again. ...
Check it Out – The Home Energy Score Website & Report Have a New Look!
We’re proud to unveil the new Home Energy Score report and website – as well as a wealth of new materials designed to meet the needs of our partners, stakeholders, and homeowners across the country. Based on feedback from partners as well as lessons drawn from studies, the new site and accompanying information highlight the value of energy ratings to specific key audiences, including contractors, home inspectors, utilities, state and local governments, and real estate agents to...
Charter Steel's Saukville plant is home to its corporate offices as well as a fully integrated mill that includes a melt shop, state-of-the-art rolling mill and a processing facility. The Wisconsin plant recently decided to carry out a mini energy blitz (modelled after treasure hunts) to uncover energy efficiency opportunities and broaden employee engagement in the plant’s energy management model. ...
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Retail and Restaurant Facility Business
Atlanta Business Chronicle
Energy Manager Today
Partner Solutions: Showcase Projects
The Victor Valley Wastewater Reclamation Authority (VVWRA) finished recommissioning a one-milion gallon digester and utilize a 333,000 gallon Co-Digestion and REcuperative Thickener unit helping to capture 52 percent actual energy savings.  
South Library Retrofit Showcase Project
The City of Chula Vista, Calif. implemented a building automation controls replacement and HVAC upgrades to cut annual energy use by 26 percent.
The Wendco Group implemented LED and HVAC upgrades to a location in Mobile, Ala., that resulted in annual energy savings of 52 percent.
Partner Solutions: Implementation Models
Belk, Inc. rolled out a successful LED retrofit pilot program, securing leadership support following an in-person visit. Belk now plans to roll out energy efficiency projects across the company, including a redesign of their entire lighting infrastructure.
The Wendy’s Company developed a streamlined approach to engage franchisees and make it easier for them to collect, analyze, and benchmark energy data.
Whole Foods drew on lessons learned from ad hoc installations to align landlord and tenant interests and create a portfolio approach to realize economies of scale.
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The commercial mortgage loan process involves high stakes, and energy efficiency is generally not a motivating factor for lenders; current mortgage practices do not fully account for the risks and opportunities associated with energy use of buildings. After a scoping study and stakeholder engagements with lenders and building owners, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab and the Haas School of Business identified several potential inventions to properly account for energy factors in the lending...
The Better Buildings Alliance is the leading peer-to-peer networking and education initiative for any organization that owns or operates commercial real estate and wants to know more about energy efficiency. Experts from the Department of Energy outline their plans for 2017, and share how your organization can get involved. This webinar provides an opportunity to learn more about the Better Buildings Alliance, tech retrofit campaigns, and energy savings strategies in your sector.
This webinar featured the latest from DOE’s High Impact Technology (HIT) Catalyst program, including an update on micro-Combined Heat and Power demonstrations, a sneak peek into energy savings from testing of multi-technology packages (Going Beyond Widgets), as well as opportunities to host joint HIT and Green Proving Ground demonstrations to verify the performance of emerging technologies. Find out more about how you can engage with the Better Buildings Tech team to help you lower...
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.

Better Buildings Alliance Webpages

High Impact Technologies

The Better Buildings Alliance launched a new webpage to showcase the multitude of technology resources and opportunities that exist for furthering your organization’s sustainability goals. Check it out to learn more about the High Impact Technology Catalyst program and the ways that Better Buildings works to promote and implement these technologies in the marketplace.

 

Building Envelope Technology Solutions Team

The Better Buildings Alliance created a technology solutions team to focus on the building envelope, which includes the walls, windows, roof, and foundation. The envelope forms the primary thermal barrier between the interior and exterior environment, and envelope technologies account for approximately 30 percent of the primary energy consumed in commercial buildings. Members of the Building Envelope Technology Solutions Team collaborate with DOE's national laboratories to deploy high performance envelope design solutions for space conditioning load reduction and to facilitate the construction of durable and high-performing envelope technologies. Be sure to check out the technology specific teams:

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ARUP Partner Profile
Boulder County, CO Partner Profile
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Cityzenith Partner Profile
Des Moines, IA Partner Profile
Dubuque, IA Partner Profile
Energy Foundation Partner Profile
Governing Institute Partner Profile
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Montpelier, VT Partner Profile
Phillips Lighting Partner Profile
Phoenix, AZ Partner Profile
Portland, OR Partner Profile
Richmond, VA Partner Profile
Smart Cities Council Partner Profile
Sonoma County, CA Partner Profile
STAR Communities Partner Profile
Surdna Foundation Partner Profile
The Kresge Foundation Partner Profile
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Take Part in the Smart Energy Analytics Campaign

The Smart Energy Analytics (SEA) Campaign aims to increase adoption of EMIS technologies and the energy management practices that utilize these technologies, helping to bring analytics into the mainstream. In the Campaign, owners, facility managers, energy managers, and operators of commercial buildings across the country receive expert technical support and national recognition for their efforts. Join the Campaign either as a participant or a supporter.

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August 2016

News and Announcements

The White House announced new partners joining DOE’s Better Buildings Clean Energy for Low Income Communities Accelerator.  The Clean Energy for Low Income Communities Accelerator aims to lower energy bills in low income communities through expanded installation of energy efficiency and distributed renewables. Low income households spend an average of 15 to 20 percent of their income on energy bills, whereas energy burdens above 6 percent are typically considered unaffordable. This Accelerator encourages the development of partnerships and replicable models and will work to identify funding options that a state-level agency, local government, or utility program could use to provide energy efficiency and renewable energy access to communities that need them most. Today, 13 new partners are announcing their participation, building on the 24 founding partners.

Interior Lighting Campaign nets $13.5 M in savings; Green Lease Leaders add 1 B sq. ft. of building space

The Energy Department today announced the results of this year’s Better Buildings Alliance technology and market campaigns. Through partnerships with public and private sector organizations, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is working with interested landlords, tenants, and owners to adopt solutions that best meet the needs of their buildings for sustainable leasing and upgrades to indoor lighting. There are now over 160 participants and supporters in the Interior Lighting Campaign (ILC) and 40 Green Lease Leaders. Together these leading organizations continue to prove how novel thinking and innovative technologies can rapidly cut the energy wasted by the nation’s commercial buildings, including offices, hospitals, restaurants, retail stores, and even military bases.

Camas School District Drives Continuous Energy Savings by Creating Resource Conservation Management Policy
Camas School District implemented a centralized natural resource policy to promote the value of sustainability, prioritize reduction goals, and establish a framework for school staff to measure building energy efficiency improvements. The Camas School District united school officials, faculty, students, and the broader community by...
Sometimes all it takes is a good story, or in this case a great pitch to turn an organization into a committed energy savings machine. ...
Electrolux's Green Spirit Summit
Corporate annual energy meetings are a fantastic way to engage employees and disseminate information throughout an organization—they’re a keynote activity in many established company energy programs. The Electrolux Green Spirit Summit is one example, and provides a platform for the corporate sustainability team to review performance, set energy efficiency targets and frame a roadmap to meet these goals. As a Better Plants Challenge partner and an industry leader for...
Energy Efficiency Abounds in MD: Montgomery County's Transportation Hub and National Cancer Institute
Whether it’s a sprawling transportation hub or medical institute, there are many options for incorporating sustainable design into buildings. On tours of the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and the Equipment Maintenance and Transit Operations Center (EMTOC) in Maryland during this year's Better Buildings Summit, participants saw first-hand how two very different building types can...
From The Tower Companies' Garage Dimmers to PNC's Living Green Wall
PNC Place and The Tower Companies Millennium Building are multi-tenanted buildings in the often variable climate of the Potomac swamps, and have gone beyond a traditional “low-hanging fruit” approach to achieving energy efficiency. For starters, PNC Place, the regional HQ of PNC bank, features a 3-story water installation in the lobby – and a living wall – that regulates air temperature, by radiantly cooling the lobby with flowing water...

Today, DOE announced the release of the Home Energy Score Simulation Training, a new online simulation tool that provides free, targeted training and testing to individuals interested in providing the Home Energy Score – a standard energy efficiency assessment and score generated only by qualifying professionals. The Home Energy Score Simulation Training (the Sim), developed by Interplay Learning, lets candidates walk through different virtual homes (colonial, ranch, and townhome) with numerous combinations of energy-related characteristics (e.g., heating, cooling, hot water equipment; wall construction; insulation levels; footprints).

With this enhanced training and testing available, the program will now recognize a wide range of credentials, including those held by home inspectors, HVAC contractors, and other professionals in building-related fields. The table below lists the minimum credentials now accepted by DOE.

Portland Public Schools Innovative Funding Mechanism for ESPC Brings Efficiency to 80 Facilities
Portland Public Schools (PPS) made it easy to fund energy efficiency upgrades without compromising a limited capital budget reserved for emergency needs. The district created a two-pronged approach. It would combine recovery zone economic development bonds for smaller, owner managed projects with a traditional energy savings performance contract (ESPC). ...

Under the new HUD and DOE Home Energy Score partnership, in areas where the Home Energy Score is available, single family households will be able to increase their access to financing tools to make energy efficiency improvements. DOE’s Home Energy Score offers a “miles per gallon” type rating to estimate a home’s energy use on a 10-point scale. A “1” corresponds to the least energy efficient homes and a “10” corresponds to the most energy efficient homes, while the average U.S. home will score a “5.” Through this new partnership, homebuyers or homeowners who want to obtain an FHA-insured purchase or refinance mortgage for a single family home that receives a Home Energy Score of 6 or higher will be eligible to increase their income qualifying ratio by 2 percentage points above the standard Single Family FHA limit, making it easier to secure financing to make these improvements.

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Suncoast Credit Union - Live Zero Energy Building Video Feed
It's not always expected that a renewable energy system can take a building from zero to sub-zero in a single year. But that's exactly what happened when Suncoast Credit Union decided to build its Bushnell Service Center, a unique zero-energy building that integrates renewable energy with high efficiency technologies. ...
The U.S. Capitol Visitor Center: Energy Efficiency and Daylighting for All
The U.S. Capitol Visitor Center first opened its doors in 2008, marking the completion of a monument that can't be missed across the District's skyline. This May the center welcomed 20 Better Buildings Summit tour participants, taking them behind the scenes of energy upgrades. Tour participants were among thousands who visit the Capitol daily – the facility has a capacity of 4,000 and sees as many as 19,000 a day at peak...
Top-10 Solutions in July
Each month we recap the most viewed solutions shared by Better Buildings partners. Check out July's Top-10 solutions below.  ...

Vice President Biden joined U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu today to announce the launch of the Home Energy Score pilot program. The Home Energy Score will offer homeowners straightforward, reliable information about their homes' energy efficiency.  A report provides consumers with a home energy score between 1 and 10, and shows them how their home compares to others in their region. The report also includes customized, cost-effective recommendations that will help to reduce their energy costs and improve the comfort of their homes.

"The initiatives announced today are putting the Recovery Through Retrofit report's recommendations into action - giving American families the tools they need to invest in home energy upgrades." said Vice President Biden. "Together, these programs will grow the home retrofit industry and help middle class families save money and energy."

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All-Stars of the Better Buildings Summit
This year’s Better Buildings Summit was filled with the announcement of several exceptional milestones and Partner achievements. U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz lauded the initiative’s $1.3 billion in energy cost savings coupled with the avoidance of 10 million tons of harmful carbon emissions, as well as the Challenge Partners that...
Better Buildings Challenge partner Cleveland Clinic Launches $7.5 million Green Revolving Fund
Better Buildings Challenge partner Cleveland Clinic has established the largest Green Revolving Fund in the healthcare industry to date. During the Better Buildings Summit in May 2016, Cleveland Clinic announced its $7.5 million Green Revolving Fund to finance and implement sustainability initiatives. ...
Better Plants Partners Stand Out at the Industrial Energy Technology Conference
As in years past, the 2016 Industrial Energy Technology Conference (IETC) served as a one-of-a kind conference that focused on energy in the industrial sector and complemented DOE’s mission of sponsoring various initiatives to build awareness about energy efficiency and clean energy topics. Making the news at the event, were three Better Plants partners, including Celanese Corporation, Eastman Chemical Company, and The Dow Chemical Company, who were recognized for...
Busting the Myths Around Advanced Power Strips
How much do you really know about controlling Plug and Process Loads with Advanced Power Strips? ...
Tapping the knowledge and ingenuity of employees can yield strong results in the quest to improve energy efficiency. This past May, the first Better Plants Treasure Hunt Exchange event took place at the powertrain plants of Nissan North America in Decherd, Tennessee, and Toyota Motor Manufacturing Alabama (TMMAL) in Huntsville, Alabama. Both companies, which are Better Plants Challenge partners, decided to implement the Treasure Hunt Exchange to maximize energy savings identification by...
Financing Energy Efficiency in Retail
Driving the reduction of energy consumption and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions through efficiency projects in the retail sector can be difficult, particularly when many energy managers lack awareness of financing mechanisms available to them to fund their projects. To address this market barrier, the
Groundbreaking partnership with CoStar adds visibility to energy performance
On May 26, Better Buildings announced an historic partnership with The CoStar Group, one of the largest providers of information to real estate decision makers in the country, to increase the visibility of energy performance data in CoStar’s online property database. CoStar will collect energy performance information such as ENERGY STAR Score, whole-building energy use intensity, and greenhouse gas emissions from the 16 (and counting) jurisdictions with public energy...
Nevada Casinos Seek Greener Power
Here’s something that made us sit up a little bit straighter last week: Two of Las Vegas’ largest casinos, MGM Resorts (a Better Buildings Challenge hospitality partner) and Wynn Las Vegas LCC announced that they have issued notice to stop purchasing electricity from their current utility, NV Energy.   ...
Solar RFP Template Takes Guesswork out of Finding Solar Providers
The economic and environmental benefits of solar are known to business owners across multiple sectors. Despite the declining cost of solar (with prices dropping 50 percent since 2010) and the technology becoming more popular and accessible (with more applications like multi-faceted roofs, retrofits on old buildings, and the ability to accommodate most soil types), it remains a daunting task to choose the right solar provider. ...
Top-10 Solutions in June
Each month we recap the most viewed solutions shared by Better Buildings partners. Check out June's Top-10 solutions below.  ...
Partner Solutions: Showcase Projects
Holiday Inn Diamond Bar Showcase Project
Holiday Inn was able to save over 1.3 million gallons of water annually at this California-based hotel.
The South Campus of the Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) expects to cut annual energy costs by 44 percent through the installation of new HVAC equipment and lighting retrofits.
Partner Solutions: Implementation Models
Shari’s Café and Pies addressed difficulty in maximizing the full energy savings potential of newly purchased efficient equipment by developing custom trainings and checklists for employees at all levels that promote optimal and efficient equipment use.
Partner Solutions: Solutions at a Glance
Loews Hotels Gold Wrench Award Solutions at a Glance
The Gold Wrench Award is a novel way Loews Hotels recognizes leadership among their engineering managers across the country. In addition to a comprehensive criteria covering all aspects of building operation, the Gold Wrench Award incentivizes engineers to find energy saving solutions proactively and contribute to the company’s sustainability goals.
This fact sheet created by the City of Los Angeles’ Better Buildings Challenge contains some of the most recommended operational and retrofit modifications for cooling towers, which typically account for 40 percent of a building’s water.
Financing Calculator for Retail Solutions at a Glance
This calculator is designed to help retail professionals understand how they can leverage external financing to fund energy or sustainability projects within their portfolios as well as view basic finance metrics for a specific project.
Better Information
This resource is a list of incentives and rebates for plug and process load controls offered by utilities across the country.

Energy Department Releases Draft Updated Best Practices for Residential PACE Financing Programs

The updated guidelines also incorporate advancements in DOE residential energy efficiency analytical tools and resources, such as the DOE Home Energy Score and Standard Work Specifications, and step-by-step program guidance available through the Better Buildings Residential Program Solution Center. These tools and resources can be used by PACE program administrators and participants to plan, develop and implement programs that effectively deliver home energy upgrades to participating households in their jurisdictions.

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BlocPower Partner Profile
EEtility Partner Profile
Opportunity Council Partner Profile
State of New Hampshire Partner Profile
State of Texas Partner Profile

Better Buildings Challenge

NYCEEC Partner Profile

Better Buildings, Better Plants Challenge

Better Plants Program

FMC Corporation Partner Profile

Home Energy Score

Opportunities to Participate

Take Part in the Smart Energy Analytics Campaign

The Smart Energy Analytics (SEA) Campaign aims to increase adoption of EMIS technologies and the energy management practices that utilize these technologies, helping to bring analytics into the mainstream. In the Campaign, owners, facility managers, energy managers, and operators of commercial buildings across the country receive expert technical support and national recognition for their efforts. Join the Campaign either as a participant or a supporter.

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June 2016

News and Announcements

U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz and U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro released Better Buildings Challenge partner results, announced three new focus areas in local communities, and highlighted overall signs of growth in the initiative’s reach and influence. 

Since 2011, both the number of Better Buildings Challenge partners and energy efficiency commitments have tripled, resulting in energy cost savings that now exceed the $1.3 billion mark and the avoidance of 10 million tons of harmful carbon emissions.  There are now 310 Better Buildings Challenge partners who are set to achieve goals of at least 20 percent energy reduction within 10 years. Together they represent 34,000 buildings and facilities, 4.2 billion square feet, and $5.5 billion dollars in energy efficiency investment. Latest reporting shows partners are on track, decreasing energy use on average by over two percent each year.

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The U.S. Department of Energy's Better Buildings Initiative in partnership with CoStar Group, Inc., a provider of data and intelligence solutions to commercial real estate professionals, will expand the visibility of energy-efficient buildings in U.S. property markets and promote the benefits of energy efficiency for building owners and occupants. CoStar Group will display energy-related information that is already being made publicly accessible by state and local governments that have adopted building energy transparency laws. It plans to begin displaying energy-related information for buildings in Chicago and Washington, D.C., this summer, followed by buildings in other applicable states and localities beginning this fall.

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Energy Department Recognizes Organizations for Leadership in Rooftop Unit Efficiency

As part of the Administration's strategy to increase energy productivity and cut energy waste in our nation's buildings, today the U.S. Department of Energy recognized six organizations for their leadership in replacing and upgrading rooftop units as part of the Better Buildings Alliance Rooftop Unit Campaign (ARC). Combined, these organizations in a single year have saved an estimated 1 trillion British thermal units (Btu) or more than $11 million on utility costs with efficient rooftop unit (RTU) replacements, retrofits, and quality management and operations. Since 2013, 250 ARC partners have upgraded 59,500 RTUs for a total energy savings of 10 trillion Btu, or $93 million in cost savings.

Each month we recap the most viewed solutions shared by Better Buildings partners. Check out May's Top-10 solutions below.  ...
ICYMI the Secretary Keynotes at the 2016 Summit: A Photo & Quote Play-by-Play
This year's Summit concluded with two Secretaries delivering remarks on America's energy-efficient future, and the importance of continued growth in the realms of Better Buildings partners' leadership, increased committments to share new solutions with companies and organizations nationwide, and for delivering on their promises for 20 percent, portfolio-wide energy savings. We'll be posting the full video of all remarks very soon.
Better Buildings Challenge Partner Energy Savings Exceed $1.3 Billion
It was a banner year for the Better Buildings Challenge, with bigger results, more partners and deeper impacts on our nation’s energy and water use and economy. ...
Yesterday marked “Partner Day” for the Better Buildings Summit, when we recognized partners for their knowledge and insights with Insider Talks, their remarkable accomplishments in energy and water savings and investments, and rich two-way conversations between panelists and session attendees. ...
Department of Energy Releases Water Savings White Paper focused on Manufacturing Best Practices
Manufacturers are increasingly trying to get a better handle on their water use. Cutting water use can reduce costs, mitigate risks, and lessen environmental impacts. As population growth, climate change, and drought put additional pressure on certain watersheds, the business imperative for better water management will likely grow. And since it takes energy to treat and transport water, water management should be considered an important part of any company’s energy management...
Securing funding for energy efficiency projects within the commercial sector is difficult due to the perceived risk by lending institutions. Architects and engineers have advanced energy efficient technologies considerably over the past several years, which often mitigates any risk associated with these projects. However, underwriting and risk valuation processes have not yet found an appropriate path to considering not just energy-related risks, but benefits when evaluating...
How often do professionals from the education, entertainment, healthcare, hospitality, retail and tech sectors get together AND talk about energy and climate change? If it’s in the city of Atlanta, the answer is at least once a month. That’s because in 2011 Atlanta was one of the first cities to participate in the Better Buildings Challenge with the U.S. Department of Energy, a program that motivates building owners to cut their energy use by 20 percent within 10 years. ...
Partners in the News
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Energy Manager Today
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Energy Manager Today
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Partner Solutions: Showcase Projects
The State of Minnesota expects to annually save $105,000 in energy costs through a multitude of installed solutions.
eBay annually reduced PUE-1 by 16 percent in its Phoenix data center.
Harper Acres Showcase Project
Keene Housing expects to annually save $26,000 through phased in lighting upgrades.
Hazel Plaza Showcase Project
Capitol Hill Housing annually cut energy use by nearly 26 percent through a variety of implemented solutions.
Chesapeake College is expected to save 31 percent annually in energy costs through HVAC, LED, and on-site renewable energy upgrades.
Hillcrest Hospital Showcase Project
Cleveland Clinic annually saved $529,5000 through implementing a wide variety of upgrades.
GE annually saved 18 percent in plant energy costs through various HVAC controls upgrades.
Orness Plaza Showcase Project
The Economic Development Authority of Mankato, MN annually saved 25 percent in energy use through envelope and HVAC upgrades.
Shari’s Café and Pies implemented lighting and water upgrades, which are expected to cut energy use annually by 43 percent.
The City of Atlanta, GA has annually saved $110,000 in energy costs through operational, controls, and sensor changes to the HVAC system.
UTC is expecting to annually save 9 percent in energy costs through energy management systems and lighting upgrades.
Water Retention Pond Showcase Project
HARBEC dug a retention pond at their New York based facility which annually saved 2.4 million gallons of water.
The Wendy’s Corporation annually saved 25 percent through lighting and equipment upgrades.
Partner Solutions: Implementation Models
UC Berkeley's Energy Management Initiative (EMI) targets building occupants through building surveys and energy dashboards, and allocates energy cost responsibility to individual campus operating units to achieve savings of $6.5 million, 58.7 million kWh and 893,000 therms in just three years.
Forest City was able to improve building performance, enhance service delivery, and strengthen the company’s financial position through technology use to achieve reduction goals.
Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation developed a new organizational protocol that has transformed the budgeting and planning process.
Rochester, NY implemented its energy plan in January 2015, which will result in an estimated annual electric savings of approximately 7 GWh by 2020.
Briggs & Stratton saw continuous energy efficiency improvement despite energy manager turnover.
Philadelphia, PA departments collectively saved more than $115,000 through the creation of the Energy Efficiency Incentive Program.
Energy Dashboards Implementation Model
The Celanese Corporation achieved $300,000 in energy cost savings and identified $1.5 million in low to no-cost energy-saving opportunities at one plant, leading to greater roll out across the enterprise.
Better and more cost-effective energy-saving results for both Lennox International and its landlords through collaboration versus acting alone.
The Jersey City Housing Authority realized a reduction of $5 million in energy costs and enhanced organizational expertise in energy efficiency.
Mercy Housing was able to partner with a third-party full service solar provider under a three-year, national partnership agreement with plans to implement up to 5.5 MW of solar power across Mercy Housing’s national portfolio.
Least Cost Procurement Strategy Implementation Model
The State of Rhode Island’s investment in energy efficiency tripled, and the state was third in per capita efficiency investment within four years of implementing new energy planning strategies.
LINC Housing created a model that documents the steps low-income multifamily property owners can take to make whole-building energy efficiency retrofits.
The Camas School District achieved a collective energy reduction of 28 percent in 2015 from a 2009 baseline.
The Housing Authority of the City and County of Denver’s EPC has served as a vehicle for major capital improvements, facility upgrades, and in-unit energy upgrades resulting in $2.6 million in utility savings annually.
Rockford Housing Authority reduced energy costs by over $100,000 a year while improving the quality of housing for low-income housing tenants.
Water Hub Implementation Model
Emory University cut water consumption by as much as 35 percent, saving millions of dollars over a 20-year period while improving campus operations and opening new opportunities for education and research.
Better Information
This resource highlights best practices to selecting a commercial solar provider. Business owners interested in going solar can take the following steps to install an on-site solar photovoltaic (PV) system.
Better management of water resources is a growing interest for many manufacturers as they seek to cut costs, mitigate risks, and reduce their environmental impact. In recent years, through the Better Buildings Challenge, DOE has worked closely with a select group of manufacturers with well-developed water management programs to better understand key details of their successful water management efforts. By summarizing insights gained from these partners, this paper aims to serve as a...
Opportunities to Participate

2016 Lighting Energy Efficiency in Parking (LEEP) Awards Submission Deadline – June 15, 2016!

LEEP Awards submissions are due June 15, 2016.  The LEEP Campaign is a recognition and guidance initiative helping facility owners and managers to take advantage of savings opportunities from high-efficiency lighting solutions in their parking facilities.  The 2016 LEEP Campaign awards will recognize high-achieving parking facilities at Greenbuild, October 5-7, 2016, in categories ranging from savings to innovative solutions, as well as the best by sector. Past winners include Arby’s, USAA Real Estate, and Zappo’s.

Visit the LEEP Campaign website and learn more about implementing energy-efficient lighting solutions in your parking facilities.

Green Lease Leader Deadline Extended to June 10 – Apply Today!

The deadline for the 2016 Green Lease Leaders recognition program has been extended to Friday, June 10 at 11:59 pm EST, which means there's still time to submit! Green Lease Leaders is a national award program created by Institute for Market Transformation (IMT) and the Department of Energy's Better Buildings Alliance to recognize and validate landlords, companies, and brokerage teams that are setting the bar for green or energy-aligned leasing language included in new or existing leases.

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April 2016

News and Announcements

The U.S. Department of Energy's Better Buildings Home Upgrade Program and Home Energy Information Accelerators work with partners across the nation and are making important progress in lowering the costs of energy upgrade programs, while improving overall program effectiveness and enhancing access to information on home energy performance for consumers. These efforts help homeowners save money, while creating local jobs and improving the environment.

The U.S. Department of Energy  announced the publication of a high-impact, informational resources toolkit through its Better Buildings Energy Data Accelerator developed in partnership with 18 cities and utilities across the nation. The Energy Data Access: Blueprint for Action Toolkit is a compilation of case studies, guidance and real-world best-practices adopted by cities and utilities to help building owners measure and track energy use, and benchmark the energy performance of their buildings.

Top-10 Solutions in March
Each month we recap the most viewed solutions shared by Better Buildings partners. Check out March's Top-10 solutions below.  ...
Launched in 2011 with a focus on the industrial and commercial sectors, the Better Buildings Challenge expanded two years ago to include multifamily housing, announcing in December 2013, that over 50 partners (public housing authorities, nonprofit housing providers, and market-rate developers), are committed to achieving portfolio-wide energy savings of 20...
Shari’s Café and Pies is the First Full Service Restaurant to Join Better Buildings Challenge
Better Buildings Challenge partner Shari’s Café and Pies, a 24 hour, full service restaurant chain located in the Pacific Northwest, recently became the first full service restaurant to join the Better Buildings Challenge, committing to a 20% reduction in energy intensity by 2025 across nearly 400,000 sq. ft. of restaurant space. ...
​​​​​​​TIAA Exemplifies Leadership in Sharing Energy and Water Efficiency Solutions
TIAA, one of the first commercial real estate partners to step up to the Better Buildings Challenge in 2011, has been demonstrating their energy and water efficiency leadership ever since. ...
Just two weeks ago the U.S. Department of Transportation's Secretary Anthony Foxx announced at the South by Southwest conference (SXSW), the seven finalist cities vying for a single award of up to $40 million to help define what it means to be a "Smart City" and become the first city to fully integrate innovative transportation technologies – self-driving cars, connected vehicles, and smart sensors – into their transportation network. ...
Energy Efficiency is Beautiful! L'Oréal USA Joins Better Plants with Aggressive Energy Efficiency Commitment
The Department of Energy welcomed L'Oréal USA to the Better Buildings, Better Plants Program (Better Plants) and it is a beautiful partnership. As the nation’s largest cosmetics manufacturer, L'Oréal is pledging to cut energy intensity by 25% across its five manufacturing plants in joining the Better Plants program. As the first pure-play beauty company to join Better Plants, L'Oréal reminds us that manufacturers of all stripes benefit from energy...
Partner Solutions: Showcase Projects
Energy efficiency measures included adjustments to set points and building system controls, repair to damaged sensors, de–lamping and cleaning of equipment, which is expected to result in an annual energy savings of 58% and $88,000 at the project's conclusion.
TIAA implemented a series of no-and low-cost water efficiency measures at its 1401 H Street office building, incluidng reducing the frequency of sidewalk cleanings, that decreased building-wide water consumption by 35%.
1001 Pennsylvania Avenue Showcase Project
TIAA has achieved 35% savings at it's Washington, DC properth through enhanced HVAC controls, improved building pressurization, and upgraded interior and exterior lighting, yeilding an overall payback period of 3.5 years.
Evergreen Public Schools implemented a series of HVAC upgrades that will annually save the school $24,000 and cut energy consumption by 36%.
Partner Solutions: Implementation Models
Adidas created a greenENERGY Fund in 2012 as an internal venture capital fund that provides financing, expertise, project management, and monitoring and verification to facilitate investments in energy efficiency and renewable energy projects –– while delivering a net profit.
Portland Public Schools funded energy efficiency measures through a hybrid Energy Savings Performance Contracting model combining Recovery Zone Economic Development Bonds for smaller, owner managed projects.
Parkway Properties used an internal sustainability awards program to incentivize improvement in sustainability performance and recognize top–performers.
TIAA develops a series of individualized Property Energy Targets (PETs) that provide a roadmap for each asset, helping to ensure that energy and water efficiency opportunities are included in annual business plans.
Nevada's Douglas County School District implemented an energy savings performance contract to create operational efficiencies and cost–saving measures funded by a tax exempt installment–purchase agreement.
Partner Solutions: Solutions at a Glance
The Energy Data Accelerator Toolkit is a collection of resources featured in the Better Buildings Solution Center that will enable other utilities and communities to learn and benefit from the work of the Accelerator.
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This webinar focused on energy efficiency and sustainability in the appraisal and valuation industries. Colliers International explained how they have adapted their processes to ensure that they realize the full value of energy efficiency and sustainability upgrades. Inspyrod discussed various techniques and data challenges that might be encountered during the valuation process. Sustainable Values provided an introduction and overview to the recently launched Energy Matters! training...
The creative and determined leadership of Efficiency Vermont successfully completed a 66-rooftop unit (RTU) high-efficiency replacement project on a large 140,000 square foot office building in Vermont.

Better Buildings Residential

 

New Toolkit Dives Into Training Techniques

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Better Buildings Residential Network has launched a Training Toolkit to help residential energy efficiency programs and partners identify resources and opportunities to help contractors, staff, and volunteers enhance their understanding of building science; sales and marketing; program offerings; and business development.

This toolkit is the fourth Residential Network Voluntary Member Initiative–which provides a forum for members to address shared challenges with solutions–and includes tips, resources, and examples to help your residential energy efficiency program plan technical, outreach, and professional training.

 

New Credential Helps Homes Get Health and Safety Check–Ups

This spring, Residential Network member the Building Performance Institute (BPI) will introduce the Healthy Home Evaluator credential to help the home performance, weatherization, and healthy housing workforce assess home-based environmental health and safety hazards and provide a prioritized list of recommendations to address those hazards.

 

Efficiency Vermont Works to Revitalize Energy Efficiency Efforts

Downtown Bennington, Vermont, is getting an energy–efficient makeover through Residential Network member Efficiency Vermont's residential and community programs and support. As part of Vermont’s Downtown Energy Efficiency pilot program, Efficiency Vermont and the state Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) will work to make energy efficiency programs and services more visible and accessible to the community through office hours, partnerships, community events, workshops, information sessions, and home energy walk-throughs.

Efficiency Vermont and DHCD will integrate sustainable energy solutions with downtown revitalization efforts for three other Vermont state–designated downtowns in 2016.

New Partners

Better Buildings Alliance

Ramapo College Partner Profile

Better Buildings Challenge

Gary Housing Authority Partner Profile
Angola Housing Authority Partner Profile
Essex Management Partner Profile
Opportunities to Participate

2016 Green Lease Leaders Application Now Available

The 2016 application period for the Green Lease Leaders recognition program is now available. The designation recognizes landlords, tenants, and brokers who have successfully used the lease to embed sustainability in the tenant/landlord relationship.View the press release for more information or visit www.greenleaseleaders.com to apply.

 

The Interior Lighting Campaign (ILC) Awards Submittal Deadline Approaching

Awards submissions are due May 2, 2016, and we would like to be able to consider your high efficiency troffer lighting project(s) for recognition at the 2016 BOMA International Conference & Expo . The ILC is a recognition and guidance program designed to help facility owners and managers take advantage of savings opportunities from high efficiency interior lighting solutions. Join Today.

 

Interior Lighting Campaign increases goal to replace 1 million troffers by May 2016

The participants of the Interior Lighting Campaign have already surpassed the original goal of replacing 100,000 troffers with high efficiency troffer lighting systems by May 2016. Because of this initial success, the ILC Organizers have established a new goal - to replace 1 million troffers.

If you are a building owner, operator, or manager committed to energy efficiency and high quality lighting in your facilities, accomplish these goals plus gain recognition for your efforts by joining the Interior Lighting Campaign. Organizations who join the campaign as participants commit to: evaluating their facilities' troffer lighting use and adopting high efficiency troffers (e.g., LED lamps, retrofit kits, LED fixtures, and ultra–high efficiency fluorescent systems) and associated lighting controls where it is technically justified and economically feasible.

Visit the ILC website and learn more about joining today, and view the updated fact sheet here.

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March 2016

News and Announcements
Hilton Worldwide and Whole Foods Market Partner with the U.S. DOE to Launch Better Buildings Challenge SWAP

Today the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) unveiled the Better Buildings Challenge SWAP, which involved Hilton Worldwide and Whole Foods Market swapping energy management teams at their facilities in San Francisco.

As part of the SWAP, each team identified innovative ways to save energy in Hilton San Francisco Union Square, a 1.8 million sq. foot hotel and Whole Foods Ocean Avenue, a 25,600 sq. foot grocery store.  A reality-style web series, including behind-the-scenes footage, featuring both teams is now available.

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Energy Department Recognizes Orlando Better Buildings Challenge Partners for Energy Efficiency Upgrades

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today recognized the city of Orlando and Parkway Properties for their leadership in improving energy efficiency across a combined 20 million square feet of building space by 20 percent within 10 years. Through the department’s Better Buildings Challenge, Orlando-based Parkway Properties’ showcase project, office tower One Orlando Centre, is expected to save nearly 18 percent in energy costs and over 1.7 million gallons of water through energy and water efficiency efforts.

Mayor Muoio Announces Bigger Energy-Saving Goal and New Efficiency Upgrades

The Energy Department recognized Better Buildings Challenge partner, West Palm Beach for their leadership in improving energy efficiency across 1.4 million square feet of building space by 20 percent within 10 years. The city of West Palm Beach has met their Better Buildings Challenge goal of 20 percent energy reduction and Mayor Jeri Muoio is announcing a new 15 percent energy reduction goal for 2025. 

The city of West Palm Beach is planning on committing a number of new buildings to receive a variety of energy efficiency upgrades, adding on approximately 130,000 square feet of building space to the Better Buildings Challenge.

Florida Better Buildings Partners Show Off Work in West Palm Beach and Orlando
Last week, we traveled to Florida where we met with three Better Buildings Challenge partners: the cities of West Palm Beach and Orlando, and commercial real estate developer Parkway Properties. ...
Benchmarking Basics for Food Service Organizations
Food service organizations face unique energy benchmarking challenges, particularly as energy use can frequently be more closely correlated to the quantity of food served than to the size of the restaurant. Nevertheless, the basics of benchmarking closely parallel those for other sectors, with a few special aspects that food service energy managers should keep in mind when getting started. ...
Geek Out and If you Haven't Already, Binge Watch with the Better Buildings Challenge SWAP
As the Better Buildings Challenge has made evident, the energy efficiency community is a unique breed. Sometimes it seems like we’re speaking our own language. ...
Hilton Worldwide on the SWAP experience: Teamwork makes all the difference
When Hilton Worldwide was approached to participate in the Department of Energy’s first-ever Better Buildings Challenge SWAP, we were excited, then the questions hit us.  ...
Whole Foods Market doesn’t subscribe to “do not disturb” and Hilton Worldwide is "chomping at the bit" to accelerate its healthy consumption path
And it is evident by the partnership we’ve begun in the Better Buildings Challenge SWAP. ...
King County Launches Fund to Reduce Energy, Invests $2.5 M in Energy Projects
For local governments, energy and water efficiency projects are often in direct competition with other priorities for limited financing. King County, WA, however, found a way to provide access to funding for meeting its energy reduction goals without competition with or delay to other critical county work. To aid in the implement cost-effective efficiency projects, King County, WA launched the Fund to Reduce Energy (FRED). While similar to a traditional revolving loan, FRED does not limit...
The City of Boston Library Achieves 25 Percent Energy Savings for Over $150k in Savings
The City of Boston maintains 24 neighborhood libraries, with the Central Library in Copley Square serving the main headquarters. Referred to by architect Charles Follen McKim as the "palace for the people,” the facility has achieved a 25% reduction in energy consumption by upgrading its energy management system. ...
Partners in the News
Partner Solutions: Showcase Projects
Fire Station 16 Showcase Project
Clark County is expected to cut annual energy costs by $2,000 and consumption by 18% through LED and HVAC upgrades implemented to Fire Station 16.
North Carolina was able to annually save $77,000 and reduce energy consumption by 12% by repairing and replacing various HVAC components at this NC State laboratory.
The Jersey City Housing Authority installed a variety of energy efficiency measures at the Booker T. Washington Apartments, which annually saves $650,000 and 37% in energy use.
The City of West Palm Beach annually saves $160,000 and has reduced energy use by 54% through retrofitting nearly 7,000 street lights in the city.
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This webinar explored innovative measures Better Buildings Challenge partners Atlanta, InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), and United Technologies Corporation have taken to improve water efficiency while reducing energy use. 
This webinar will help you learn how your company can partner with the Interior Lighting Campaign to speed the adoption of high efficiency troffer lighting.

New SEE Action Network Guide Outlines Pathways to Energy Efficiency

The State and Local Energy Efficiency Action Network (SEE Action) has a new resource out, “Guide for States: Energy Efficiency as a Least–Cost Strategy to Reduce Greenhouse Gases and Air Pollution, and Meet Energy Needs in the Power Sector,” which presents case studies of successful regional, state, and local approaches to energy efficiency such as quick start and deep savings programs, public power programs, and low–income community engagement.

 

New Report: Energy Advisors Improve Customer Experience and Program Achievements

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has released a new program brief, Energy Advisors: Improving Customer Experience and Efficiency Program Outcomes, which addresses how residential energy efficiency programs can employ energy advisors to help homeowners overcome obstacles to complete energy upgrades.

 

Better Buildings Residential Network

New Partners

Better Buildings Alliance

Better Buildings Challenge

Opportunities to Participate

2016 Green Lease Leaders Application Now Available

The 2016 application period for the Green Lease Leaders recognition program is now available. The designation recognizes landlords, tenants, and brokers who have successfully used the lease to embed sustainability in the tenant/landlord relationship. View the press release for more information or visit www.greenleaseleaders.com to apply.

 

Interior Lighting Campaign increases goal to replace 1 million troffers by May 2016

The participants of the Interior Lighting Campaign have already surpassed the original goal of replacing 100,000 troffers with high efficiency troffer lighting systems by May 2016. Because of this initial success, the ILC Organizers have established a new goal - to replace 1 million troffers.

If you are a building owner, operator, or manager committed to energy efficiency and high quality lighting in your facilities, accomplish these goals plus gain recognition for your efforts by joining the Interior Lighting Campaign. Organizations who join the campaign as participants commit to: evaluating their facilities' troffer lighting use and adopting high efficiency troffers (e.g., LED lamps, retrofit kits, LED fixtures, and ultra–high efficiency fluorescent systems) and associated lighting controls where it is technically justified and economically feasible.

Visit the ILC website and learn more about joining today, and view the updated fact sheet here.

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February 2016

News and Announcements
White House Announces Energy Data Accelerator Partner Results and New Partnerships

Making businesses and homes more energy efficient is a win for jobs and economic growth, operating costs and bottom lines, and the President’s commitment to reduce carbon emissions and fight climate change. That is why, today, as part of the President’s Better Buildings Program, the Administration is announcing:

  • 18 utilities, serving more than 2.6 million commercial customers, will provide access to energy data building owners by 2017, the first step to improve the energy efficiency of their buildings;
  • 30 cities and states and 21 organizations from across the country are committing to take new actions to make it easier to identify ways to cut energy waste by making energy data available to building owners,
  • 24 cities, states, and businesses are committing to improve the energy efficiency of their buildings 20 percent by 2020; and
  • Seven cities and states from across the country are committing to install more efficient outdoor lighting. 

The actions announced today build on commitments made by 285 organizations representing nearly 4 billion square feet since the Administration launched the President’s Better Buildings program in 2011.  The program’s mission is to partner with the Energy Department to improve energy efficiency 20 percent by 2020, and share successful strategies that maximize efficiency deployment over the next decade. These new commitments from cities, school districts, and businesses like Nike and Wendy’s will help cut waste in our buildings, saving energy and money and reducing pollution.

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Partner Solutions: Showcase Projects
The Boston Public Library achieved annual energy savings of $155,000 and cut energy use by 25% through various HVAC and EMS upgrades.
Through installing a solar thermal system and new LED lighting, the community center is expected to annually save $17,000 and reduce energy consumption by 25%.
Fire Station 5 Showcase Project
The City of Orlando expects to reduce annual energy consumption by 20% and save $1,300 in energy costs through HVAC and LED lighting upgrades.
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This webinar session briefly reviewed some of the lessons learned by early adopters of outdoor connected lighting systems over the course of multiple pilot projects.
This webinar describes how the DOE helps move energy efficiency opportunities in buildings from ideas to mass-market uptake by identifying and developing high impact technologies.

Coming Soon: Better Buildings Challenge SWAP Season 1 

On February 17th, the Better Buildings Challenge SWAP debuts. This three episode web series features Hilton Worldwide and Whole Foods Market as they uncover energy savings in each other's buildings - energy teams swapped!  Filmed in San Francisco, CA, be sure to tune in and see how both companies learned a thing or two about saving energy. 

Better Buildings Alliance 2016 Progress Update

Through the Better Buildings Alliance, members in different market sectors work with the U.S. Department of Energy's exceptional network of research and technical experts to develop and deploy innovative, cost–effective, energy–saving solutions that lead to better technologies, more profitable businesses, and better buildings in which we work, shop, eat, stay, and learn. View the 2016 Progress Update and read about program accomplishments, highlights of members in action, and plans for the current year.

Interior Lighting Campaign – Manufacturer's Guide

This webinar will help you learn how your company can partner with the Interior Lighting Campaign to speed the adoption of high efficiency troffer lighting. Learn about the role of manufacturers and distributors in the ILC, from getting the word out about the campaign and the benefits of high efficiency troffers, to making it easy for participants to identify high efficiency troffer solutions that qualify for the ILC within your product offerings.

Opportunities to Participate

2016 Green Lease Leaders Application Now Available

The 2016 application period for the Green Lease Leaders recognition program is now available. The designation recognizes landlords, tenants, and brokers who have successfully used the lease to embed sustainability in the tenant/landlord relationship. View the press release for more information or visit www.greenleaseleaders.com to apply.

 

Interior Lighting Campaign increases goal to replace 1 million troffers by May 2016

The participants of the Interior Lighting Campaign have already surpassed the original goal of replacing 100,000 troffers with high efficiency troffer lighting systems by May 2016. Because of this initial success, the ILC Organizers have established a new goal - to replace 1 million troffers.

If you are a building owner, operator, or manager committed to energy efficiency and high quality lighting in your facilities, accomplish these goals plus gain recognition for your efforts by joining the Interior Lighting Campaign. Organizations who join the campaign as participants commit to: evaluating their facilities' troffer lighting use and adopting high efficiency troffers (e.g., LED lamps, retrofit kits, LED fixtures, and ultra–high efficiency fluorescent systems) and associated lighting controls where it is technically justified and economically feasible.

Visit the ILC website and learn more about joining today, and view the updated fact sheet here.

 

Home Upgrade Program Accelerator Seeks New Partners

DOE’s Better Buildings Home Upgrade Program Accelerator is looking for additional residential energy efficiency programs to help demonstrate best practices related to optimizing operations, such as adopting common data standards (e.g., HPXML) to enable streamlined data exchange. Home energy upgrade program administrators will work through this Accelerator to bring services to more homes across the country, by minimizing costs associated with managing and operating energy upgrade programs while improving overall program effectiveness. 

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January 2016

News and Announcements
Hilton Worldwide is First Hospitality Company Certified under Superior Energy Performance Designation
Sometimes the greatest energy efficiency tool goes beyond the latest and most efficient technologies. That case is true with Hilton Worldwide, and the company's recent certification under the U.S. Department of Energy's Superior Energy Performance (SEP) program. Yesterday, Hilton Worldwide announced that three of its hotels had qualified for the SEP designation and that it is the first hospitality (and commercial sector) company to do so. Read Hilton...
Top-10 Solutions in 2015
This past year, at the Better Buildings Summit, the Energy Department launched the Better Buildings Solution Center, an online tool, hosting hundreds of partner solutions that have been proven to accelerate energy savings in single buildings, and across entire building portfolios. As users browse the Solution...
There's no denying that by creating sustainable energy on-site, companies across America are benefiting from utility bill savings, while also reducing carbon emissions in their local communities. ...
A number of years ago, JBT Corporation – a Better Plants partner – began looking into the potential of replacing a large percentage of its Madera, California facility’s electrical power usage with a photovoltaic (PV) solar panel system. The food processing machinery and airport equipment-company shelved the project because the return on investment was low and the project would not have paid for itself until twelve to sixteen years, even after a 30% federal tax credit. However, in early...
A commercial lease defines a landlord/tenant relationship from the very beginning, detailing rent price, term length, build out standards and a host of other parameters. The lease negotiation process is often adversarial, with both tenant and landlord mindful of maximizing control while minimizing cost. However embedding sustainability and energy efficiency, often a win-win for both tenants and landlords, in a lease offers an opportunity to form a collaborative and mutually beneficial...
Mayor Jeri Muoio of the City of West Palm Beach, Florida, gets behind the wheel of the 3-D printed Shelby Cobra at the COP21 in Paris
West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio is one of more than 250 leaders from diverse sectors who has stepped up to the Better Buildings Challenge, representing more than 3.5 billion square feet, 650 manufacturing plants, and $5.5 billion in financing investments. Mayor Muoio is also representing the city in COP21 Paris climate talks. ...
Why U.S. climate leaders are moving their most effective energy strategies from behind the curtain to center stage ...
The Food Service Team of the Energy Department's Better Building Alliance has just released a guidance document on Demand-Controlled Kitchen Ventilation (DCKV).  ...
Partner Solutions: Implementation Models
Fund to Reduce Energy Demand Implementation Model
King County's 2015–2016 budget proposed creation of the Fund to Reduce Energy Demand (FRED), which provides county agencies with a sustainable financing tool to meet long–term goals for energy reduction and climate change mitigation.
Sustainable Operations Plan Implementation Model
The City of Chula Vista has created and implemented the City Operations Sustainability Plan, a cohesive strategy to enable city efforts to coordinate and accelerate sustainability initiatives throughout city operations. The Plan has achieved annual savings of approximately $270,500.
Partner Solutions: Solutions at a Glance
HEI Hotels & Resorts developed the Fab Four Energy Buddy Program & Checklists to ensure that the organization is achieving the full value of its energy efficiency–directed capital investments.

Plug into Energy Savings: Strategies and Resources for Reducing Plugload Energy Use in Your Buildings

Your plug and process loads could be a treasure trove of efficiency opportunities. Watch this webinar to learn about strategies and resources for reducing plug load energy use in your buildings with the Department of Energy's Better Buildings Initiative, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, U.S. General Services Administration and Stanford University.

Higher Learning on Interior Lighting

Come learn more about interior lighting, with a focus on troffers and how new technology can significantly reduce energy use in higher education spaces. Colleges and universities in the U.S. spend around $1.10 per square foot on electricity with lighting representing 31% of the energy usage. The presentation will cover Princeton University's recent lighting and controls upgrades, the University Financing Foundation assistance to education and research organizations with planning, development, and financing of facilities and equipment at below–market costs, and an overview of the Interior Lighting Campaign.

Find the Latest Better Buildings Residential Network Peer Exchange Call Summaries

Readers can now review summaries from the following calls:

New Partners

Better Buildings Accelerators

State of South Carolina Partner Profile
State of Missouri Partner Profile
Anchorage, AK Partner Profile

Better Buildings Challenge

Better Communities Alliance

Anchorage, AK Partner Profile
Opportunities to Participate

Apply for Advanced RTU Campaign Awards!

Have you been taking care of your roof top units? Replacing with high-efficiency units? Retrofitting with advanced controls? If so, you may be due for recognition from the Advanced RTU Campaign! The Advanced RTU Campaign, co-organized by the Department of Energy, RILA, and ASHRAE, is designed to accelerate the adoption of new proven RTU technologies, and as such, encourages commercial building owners and operators to replace their old RTUs with higher efficiency units and to retrofit their RTUs with advanced controls. Building owners/managers are encouraged to join as Participants to leverage guidance documents, case studies, and technical resources to improve RTU efficiency across their portfolio. All are welcome to apply for 2016 Campaign Awards here http://www.advancedrtu.org/awards--results.html. Deadline is February 1st 2016, and winners will be announced at the PRSM National Conference on April 26th in Long Beach CA. All questions and submissions may be directed to info@advancedRTU.org.

 

Interior Lighting Campaign increases goal to replace 1 million troffers by May 2016

The participants of the Interior Lighting Campaign have already surpassed the original goal of replacing 100,000 troffers with high efficiency troffer lighting systems by May 2016. Because of this initial success, the ILC Organizers have established a new goal - to replace 1 million troffers.

If you are a building owner, operator, or manager committed to energy efficiency and high quality lighting in your facilities, accomplish these goals plus gain recognition for your efforts by joining the Interior Lighting Campaign. Organizations who join the campaign as participants commit to: evaluating their facilities' troffer lighting use and adopting high efficiency troffers (e.g., LED lamps, retrofit kits, LED fixtures, and ultra–high efficiency fluorescent systems) and associated lighting controls where it is technically justified and economically feasible.

Visit the ILC website and learn more about joining today, and view the updated fact sheet here.

 

Home Upgrade Program Accelerator Seeks New Partners

DOE’s Better Buildings Home Upgrade Program Accelerator is looking for additional residential energy efficiency programs to help demonstrate best practices related to optimizing operations, such as adopting common data standards (e.g., HPXML) to enable streamlined data exchange. Home energy upgrade program administrators will work through this Accelerator to bring services to more homes across the country, by minimizing costs associated with managing and operating energy upgrade programs while improving overall program effectiveness. 

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December 2015

News and Announcements
Better Buildings Challenge State Partners Make the Mark on ACEEE's State Energy Efficiency Scorecard
The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) recently released its annual State Energy Efficiency Scorecard, which shows that states participating in the Better Building Challenge are leading the way in energy efficiency. Massachusetts, Maryland, Minnesota, New York, and Rhode Island occupy five of the top ten spots in ACEEE’s ranking. ...
The industrial industry is filled with unique and dynamic projects with substantially high process loads and resource consumption. This sector faces a different set of challenges in attaining sustainably built campuses. Owners must address compliance, regulations and safety of tenants in working towards their energy efficiency goals. This morning’s Industrial Facilities Connect & Learn at Greenbuild featured CBRE, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co, and Liberty Property Trust, three Better...
Owens Corning Continues to Get Smarter about Energy Use
As a Better Plants partner, Owens Corning has reduced its worldwide energy intensity by ten percent from a 2010 baseline. But the company is not resting on its sustainability laurels; last week, it dedicated a 2.4 megawatt solar canopy at its downtown Toledo, Ohio, headquarters that will power as much as 30 percent of the facility’s annual electricity use. The panels cover the facility’s 9.5-acre parking lot and include a drainage system that enables melted snow or rain to...
General Aluminum Company Hosts Process Heating In-Plant Training to Deal with Natural Gas Shortage
In October, General Aluminum and the U.S. Department of Energy's Better Plants program hosted a four day In-Plant Training (INPLT) event at a Conneaut Plant in Ohio. The INPLT focused on the plant’s natural gas consumption as the Conneaut area is experiencing a natural gas shortage. The goal was to identify energy efficiency opportunities with short payback periods to achieve energy reductions at the facility. ...
Jessica Granderson Receives Clean Energy Empowerment Research Award
We are excited to announce that the Better Buildings Alliance's very own, Dr. Jessica Granderson, the Energy Management Information Systems technology team lead, and Research Scientist and the Deputy of Research Programs for the Building Technology and Urban Systems Division at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory is a 2015 recipient of a Clean Energy Empowerment Research Award.   ...
In October, Dr. Kathleen Hogan of the Department of Energy kicked off a multi-family housing roundtable discussion with the Atlanta Better Buildings Challenge (ABBC) at the offices of Central Atlanta Progress. The event was an opportunity for Atlanta-based stakeholders to engage in a wide-ranging and productive conversation around increasing energy and water efficiency for multi-family housing. ...
Partner Solutions: Showcase Projects
Fan System Upgrade Showcase Project
Toyota implemented a comprehensive heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system upgrade at its Georgetown, Kentucky plant that is expected to cut annual energy costs by over $700,000.
 The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) began a comprehensive modernization of the the Los Angeles Aqueduct Filtration Plant (LAAFP) with numerous efficiency upgrades that are expected to annually save $115,000 and cut energy usage by 15%.
Partner Solutions: Implementation Models
The “Flip the Switch” Program was initiated in 2011 to broaden tenant awareness of sustainability and energy savings opportunities in their leased spaces by providing actionable strategies for reducing consumption. Overall, Shorenstein has seen a 16.2% reduction in portfolio-wide energy use since 2008.
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The lack of standard terminology for EMIS technologies is currently a major barrier to meaningful dialogue and common understanding when stakeholders collaborate. In addition, those new to the domain are often confounded in determining key differences between commercial offerings. This terminology framework provides a common reference that can be used to understand key distinguishing factors and core attributes of different solutions within the family of EMIS technologies.
In 2014, WDT Indio sought to achieve a net zero energy bill at its 31,759 square foot space in Sunnyvale, California. The company engaged Sharp Development Company to perform a whole-building retrofit on the 40-year-old concrete structure. Sharp Development Company also hired Cobalt Power to install a 138 kilowatt (kW) solar photovoltaic (PV) array to contribute 80 percent of the building’s energy consumption.
If you are considering a kitchen upgrade, be sure to read this guidance on Demand Control Kitchen Ventilation (DCKV) systems in commercial food service facilities.
Nixon Peabody has made a number of energy efficiency renovations to their new Washington D.C. office, including a three story living wall, which is watered using condensate from the HVAC system. The firm is pursuing LEED Platinum for Commercial Interiors for their 66,000 square foot office space and incorporating renewable energy is an integral component to achieving their goal.
The Energy Department has released "Capturing Energy Efficiency in Residential Real Estate Transactions: Steps That Energy Efficiency Programs Can Take,"  a new white paper that highlights how residential programs can help make home resale prices account for the value of high-performance energy efficiency features to appraisers, real estate agents, mortgage lenders, homebuyers, and sellers.
Programs across the country have found immense value from investing the time and resources required to create an information technology (IT) system to regularly monitor progress and automate time-intensive manual processes. From customized data management systems to mobile-friendly systems that allow data entry and access from the field, programs have found ways to use data more efficiently and drive upgrades and program progress.
The latest in a series of Lessons Learned: Peer Exchange Call “greatest hits” summarizes top marketing and outreach takeaways from the Energy Department’s Better Buildings Residential Network members during spring 2015 Peer Exchange Calls.
Retail buildings—including stand-alone stores, malls, and shopping centers—account for nearly 16% of commercial floor space and consume more than 18% of all energy used by commercial buildings. This list provides the top ten DOE tools and resources recommended for the retail sector to capitalize on energy efficiency savings.
New Partners

Better Buildings Alliance

National Co-op Grocers Partner Profile

Better Buildings Challenge

Intuit Partner Profile
Opportunities to Participate

Interior Lighting Campaign increases goal to replace 1 million troffers by May 2016

The participants of the Interior Lighting Campaign have already surpassed the original goal of replacing 100,000 troffers with high efficiency troffer lighting systems by May 2016. Because of this initial success, the ILC Organizers have established a new goal - to replace 1 million troffers.

If you are a building owner, operator, or manager committed to energy efficiency and high quality lighting in your facilities, accomplish these goals plus gain recognition for your efforts by joining the Interior Lighting Campaign. Organizations who join the campaign as participants commit to: evaluating their facilities' troffer lighting use and adopting high efficiency troffers (e.g., LED lamps, retrofit kits, LED fixtures, and ultra–high efficiency fluorescent systems) and associated lighting controls where it is technically justified and economically feasible.

Visit the ILC website and learn more about joining today, and view the updated fact sheet here.

 

Home Upgrade Program Accelerator Seeks New Partners

DOE’s Better Buildings Home Upgrade Program Accelerator is looking for additional residential energy efficiency programs to help demonstrate best practices related to optimizing operations, such as adopting common data standards (e.g., HPXML) to enable streamlined data exchange. Home energy upgrade program administrators will work through this Accelerator to bring services to more homes across the country, by minimizing costs associated with managing and operating energy upgrade programs while improving overall program effectiveness. 

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November

News and Announcements

The Energy Department’s Better Buildings Challenge program recognized Arby’s Restaurant Group, Inc. for its leadership in energy efficiency and 38 percent energy savings at its flagship restaurant in Atlanta. As one of the first food service partners to join the Department’s Better Buildings Challenge, Arby’s has committed to 20 percent energy savings over 10 years, across 2.7 million square feet of building space, at company-owned restaurants. Within four years, Arby’s is more than halfway to meeting its goal.

Energy Department Recognizes California’s Placer County for Leadership in Better Buildings Challenge

As part of the Obama Administration’s efforts to cut energy waste in the nation’s buildings, the U.S. Department of Energy recognized Placer County for its leadership in improving energy efficiency across its 5-million-square-foot portfolio of countyowned buildings and schools by 20 percent in 10 years. Through the department’s Better Buildings Challenge, the county’s showcase project, the Granlibakken conference center and resort, is expecting a 43 percent reduction in energy use and savings of up to $44,000 each year.

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Energy Department Recognizes General Mills for Leadership and Innovation at Iowa Plant

As part of the Obama Administration’s effort to cut climate-changing carbon emissions produced by the nation’s buildings and manufacturing plants, today the U.S. Department of Energy recognized General Mills, one of the world’s leading food companies, for its leadership in pursuing energy savings through innovative technologies as demonstrated in its Cedar Rapids, Iowa plant. Through the Energy Department’s Better Plants Challenge, General Mills has committed to 20 percent energy savings over 10 years in 25 manufacturing plants across the country. Altogether, the improvements at the Cedar Rapids plant are expected to save General Mills more than $4 million per year in energy costs, reducing the plant’s total energy bill by more than a third. 

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Best Buy Achieves Energy Savings, and Steps Up Again, On Climate
It’s exciting when a Better Buildings partner achieves its energy savings goal, then steps up to best those goals time and time again. That’s exactly what Best Buy has done with its Better Buildings Challenge goal to reduce energy use, and now with its new commitment to reduce carbon emissions by 45 percent by 2020. ...
Better Plants Releases Progress Report, Recognizes Industrial Partners at WEEC Week
We were reminded of the might of American manufacturers last week, with the release of the Better Plants Progress Report, the World Energy Engineering Congress (WEEC) and World Manufacturing Day on Oct. 2. ...
Hello to PNC’s new headquarters: one of the greenest (and more efficient) office towers in the world!
PNC Financial Services Group officially opened its new headquarters, The Tower at PNC Plaza. This was not just any ordinary grand opening. Members of the community, city officials, and PNC executives gathered at the 33-story, 800,000 square foot tower in Pittsburgh to tour the building that is believed to be the greenest office tower in the world. Constructed to exceed LEED Platinum certification, it was built to accommodate PNC’s recent growth; it is now the workplace for approximately 2...
Whole Foods Market is walking the talk. Or maybe they’re actually talking the walk.
How the grocery store’s all-around, and all-over approach to corporate-wide sustainability promotes customer loyalty and engages employees ...
Partner Solutions: Showcase Projects
1751 Howell Mill Road Showcase Project
The Arby's restaurant located at 1751 Howell Mill Road implemented a wide variety of energy efficient solutions and expects to annually cut energy costs by 38% and save $10,000. 
Numerous HVAC related upgrades were installed at the Granlibakken Conference Center & Resort in Placer County, which are expected to annually cut energy use by 43% and save $44,000.
The King County Aquatic Center expects to annually cut energy use by 24% and save $107,000 in energy costs through the implementation of efficient HVAC and lighting systems.
Partner Solutions: Implementation Models
Reach Community Development has addressed rising utility costs on low-income households by integrating passive house in affordable rental housing.
Better Information

Webinar

In case you missed it, you can watch this overview of the new energy efficiency resources and upcoming opportunities available this year through the U.S. Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Alliance. 
Watch this webinar to see how Better Buildings participants University of Virginia, the City of Hillsboro, Oregon, and Arby’s Restaurant Group have transformed building milestones such as purchase, sale, tenant transitions, etc. into energy efficiency opportunities.
Look into the ten most impactful resources, tools, and programs designed to help the hospitality sector improve the energy efficiency of their buildings and facilities.
This solar PV decision guide can help companies determine if investing in solar makes financial sense and identify the regions that offer the most promising returns on solar investment.
Discover how solar PV can help hospitals and other healthcare facilities reduce energy consumption in this solar PV guide for the healthcare sector.
Learn the benefits of installing solar PV on hotels, motels, and inns in this solar PV guide for the hospitality sector.
Inside this guide, building owners will find detailed information on the benefits, barriers, and strategies to installing solar on leased buildings, including commercial real estate.
Mark Your Calendar: Upcoming Webinars, Events, Conferences

Industry Conference

Greenbuild is an event focused on sustainable building. During the event and expo, Better Buildings program staff and partners will be presenting on four topics. In addition, the Energy Department will be hosting an education lab with Better Buildings partners.

Peer Exchange Calls

Join the Better Buildings Alliance Lighting & Electrical Team's call to learn about on-going lighting campaigns and future controls resources. Following those agenda items, conference call attendees will have a general discussion about current needs, issues, challenges, and success.
This Refrigeration Team call will include discussion on the preliminary results of year-long energy monitoring of Whole Foods Market supermarket with transcritical CO2 refrigeration system, on-site solar PV, and other energy-saving features.

Webinar

This webinar will include a discussion by NREL on simple low-cost and portable plug and process loads interventions along with presentations from Stanford University and the General Services Administration.
Opportunities to Participate

Planning on attending Greenbuild in Washington D.C. this November? We want you to participate in our session!

Better Buildings is hosting an education labs session to spotlight the diversity of companies partnering with the Energy Department to set ambitious energy savings goals and share their successful strategies to cut energy waste across their portfolio of buildings. We are currently recruiting partners to join us and share their success stories, energy efficiency resources, and tips for reducing the energy footprint of their existing and/or new portfolio.

Please email Holly Carr if you are attending Greenbuild and are interested in participating or presenting in this session.

 

Interior Lighting Campaign increases goal to replace 1 million troffers by May 2016

The participants of the Interior Lighting Campaign have already surpassed the original goal of replacing 100,000 troffers with high efficiency troffer lighting systems by May 2016. Because of this initial success, the ILC Organizers have established a new goal - to replace 1 million troffers.

If you are a building owner, operator, or manager committed to energy efficiency and high quality lighting in your facilities, accomplish these goals plus gain recognition for your efforts by joining the Interior Lighting Campaign. Organizations who join the campaign as participants commit to: evaluating their facilities' troffer lighting use and adopting high efficiency troffers (e.g., LED lamps, retrofit kits, LED fixtures, and ultra–high efficiency fluorescent systems) and associated lighting controls where it is technically justified and economically feasible.

Visit the ILC website and learn more about joining today, and view the updated fact sheet here.

 

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