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Other: Fact Sheet
Sector: Commercial, Data Centers, Education, Financial Services, Industrial, Local Government, Multifamily, Residential, State Government, Utility

Leading CEOs and executives of U.S. companies, universities, school districts, multifamily organizations, and state and local government are taking the Better Buildings Challenge to reduce energy use across their building portfolios by 20 percent in 10 years.

Other: FAQ

Read how the Better Buildings Challenge a voluntary leadership initiative is bringing together leading CEOs and executives of U.S. companies, universities, school districts, multifamily residential organizations, and state and local government to make a public commitment to energy efficiency. 

Other: Case Study
Sector: Commercial
The Smart Monitoring and Diagnostic System (SMDS) is a low-cost technology that helps building owners and managers keep rooftop air conditioner and heat pump units (RTUs) operating properly at peak efficiency. The SMDS technology has the potential to significantly benefit small commercial buildings, which predominately use RTUs for space conditioning. Through the Better Buildings Alliance, a field demonstration was conducted at four sites using two SMDS prototypes. This case study provides a summary of the field demonstration results.
Other: Progress Update
Sector: Industrial

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Better Buildings, Better Plants Program and Challenge (Better Plants) is working with leading manufacturers to improve energy efficiency in the industrial sector.

Other: Guidance
Sector: Commercial

This document provides guidance for implementing Solar PV in hospitals and other healthcare facilities.

Other: Guidance
Sector: Commercial

This report provides guidance for businesses considering implementing solar PV, as there are widespread geographic differences regarding utility incentive structures, utility policies, regulatory structures, and permitting requirements.

Other: Guidance
Sector: Commercial

Solar PV has the potential to provide significant benefits to hotels by way of attracting guests and, more importantly, reducing operating costs.

Other: Report
Sector: Commercial

This guide explores the benefits, barriers, and strategies to installing solar on leased buildings, including commercial real estate.

Other: Report
Sector: Commercial

This report provides guidance on Demand Control Kitchen Ventilation (DCKV) systems in commercial food service facilities.

Other: Report
Sector: Commercial

This framework can be used as a first orienting step; it does not detail specific technology features, but instead provides a high-level overview of primary applications within each category.

Other: General
Sector: Commercial

When it comes to achieving significant sustainability gains, an international retail giant has unique opportunities to cut energy use. With a total of 4,500 sites, Walmart’s commitment to efficiency in parking lighting in new construction and retrofits is paying off in major savings. As a result of its lighting upgrades Walmart received individual Lighting Energy Efficiency in Parking (LEEP) Campaign awards for a superstore, a neighborhood market and a Sam’s Club. Across 100 stores including both new and retrofitted sites, over 40 million square feet in surfaces for parking and over 100,000 parking spaces, Walmart is saving over 15 million kWh each year as a result of lighting upgrades.

Other: Report
Sector: Commercial, Local Government, State Government

This handbook provides both a strategic planning framework and standard methodologies to determine the energy and non-energy benefits of benchmarking and transparency (B&T) policies and programs that have recently begun to proliferate in jurisdictions across the United States.

Other: Report

This document introduces the key elements to consider in making the business case for a proactive high-efficiency RTU replacement strategy for facility maintenance staff and building engineers responsible for energy management.

Other: General
Sector: Residential

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:

  • Effective marketing of multifamily upgrades depends on whether the decision maker is a tenant or building owner. Tenants are more concerned with issues, such as reduced noise, enhanced comfort, and lower energy bills. Owners are more concerned with enhanced marketability of a unit (e.g., the aesthetics of installing new window treatments).
  • Stand-alone outreach events, such as workshops, can have difficulty attracting people to a venue just for that event. Instead, focus on leveraging pre-existing events and community groups to educate people.

Read the full document for more greatest hits from marketing and outreach Peer Exchange Calls. 

Other: White Paper
Sector: Residential

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.

DOE’s Better Buildings Home Energy Information Accelerator launched earlier this year brings together real estate and efficiency partners to build on these efforts, address challenges raised in the paper, and facilitate improved access to and use of energy information in real estate transactions. 

Other: General
Sector: Residential

Successful residential energy efficiency programs use data collection, transfer, and storage systems to effectively implement activities and track program metrics. While systems based on simple spreadsheets can be easy to develop, such systems might not be suitable as program scale increases. 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.

Other: Fact Sheet
Sector: Commercial, Data Centers, Education, Financial Services, Industrial, Local Government, Multifamily, Residential, State Government, Utility

This fact sheet describes how new technologies, such as LEDs and lighting controls, can offer energy savings of up to 75% while maintaining or improving lighting quality.

Other: Specification
Sector: Commercial

This specification provides a description of requirements that will result in energy savings for troffers, reliable performance, and energy cost savings.

Other: Fact Sheet
Sector: Commercial

This fact sheet summarizes key components of the Better Buildings High Efficiency Troffer Lighting Specification and how to apply it to save energy and money by upgrading to high- efficiency LED technology.

Other: Specification
Sector: Commercial, Education, Industrial, Multifamily, Residential, Local Government, State Government, Data Centers, Financial Services, Utility

This specification provides a description of requirements that will result in energy savings, reliable performance, and energy cost savings for parking lot lighting.

Other: Fact Sheet
Sector: Commercial

This fact sheet summarizes the effort to make reliable, energy efficient, and competitively priced outdoor LED lighting systems more widely available in the marketplace.

Other: Specification
Sector: Commercial

This specification provides a description of requirements that will result in energy savings, reliable performance, and energy cost savings for parking structure lighting.

Other: Fact Sheet
Sector: Commercial

This fact sheet provides an overview of product specifications for high-efficiency fluorescent, induction, and LED lighting systems in parking structures, including recommendations for controls and daylighting practices, which can lead to significant energy savings.

Other: Fact Sheet
Sector: Commercial

This fact sheet explains phase 2 of the Lighting Energy Efficiency in Parking (LEEP) Campaign, a program offering free guidance and recognition to facility owners interested in implementing energy‐efficient lighting solutions in their parking lots and structures.

Other: Case Study
Sector: Commercial

With technical assistance from the Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP), the Marine Corps Base Quantico undertook a major overhaul of its outdoor lighting, boosting safety and security throughout the site, while achieving $32,000 annual energy cost savings and earning a Lighting Energy Efficiency in Parking (LEEP) award in the process.

Other: Case Study
Sector: Commercial

MC Realty replaced 1,500 metal halide fixtures with T8 fluorescents in the five-story parking structure, reducing energy use by 2 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) annually and earned a Lighting Energy Efficiency in Parking (LEEP) Award.

Other: Case Study
Sector: Commercial

Regency Centers upgraded the parking lot lighting at Rona Plaza in Santa Ana, California. The retrofit resulted in energy savings of nearly 88% and was recognized by the Lighting Energy Efficiency in Parking (LEEP) Campaign with the Highest Percentage Energy Savings in a Retrofit at a Single Parking Area award.

Other: Case Study
Sector: Commercial

NorthBay VacaValley Hospital completed lighting retrofits to their 150,000 square foot parking lot and its 225 parking spaces. The project has achieved 65% savings and received a 2014 Lighting Energy Efficiency in Parking (LEEP) Campaign’s award for best use of lighting controls.

Other: Case Study
Sector: Commercial

With more than 40,000 parking spaces to light, Cox Enterprises achieved 50% outdoor lighting energy savings through a retrofit of outdoor lighting. The retrofit totaled 1.8 million kWh in annual savings over the 13.5 million square foot facility as part of the Lighting Energy Efficiency in Parking (LEEP) Campaign.

Other: Case Study
Partner: JBG SMITH
Sector: Commercial, Data Centers, Education, Financial Services, Industrial, Local Government, Multifamily, Residential, State Government, Utility

The JBG Companies achieved almost 50% energy savings compared to energy code by using a combination of high efficiency LEDs coupled with lighting controls for the parking structure at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) Shady Grove in Maryland as part of the Lighting Energy Efficiency in Parking (LEEP) Campaign.

Other: Case Study
Partner: MGM Resorts International
Sector: Commercial

MGM lighting projects have covered more than 8 million square feet of parking area. By replacing 4,400 metal halide and high-pressure sodium light fixtures in the parking facilities with a mixture of LED and induction fixtures, MGM saved 4.5 million kWh per year as part of the Lighting Energy Efficiency in Parking (LEEP) Campaign.

Other: Case Study
Sector: Commercial

Walmart has saved over 15 million kWh annually in parking lot lighting upgrades as part of the Lighting Energy Efficiency in Parking (LEEP) Campaign. Walmart's project spans 100 stores, 40 million square feet, and over 100,000 parking spaces.

Other: Case Study
Sector: Commercial

The University of Minnesota upgraded lighting in a small 24,000 square foot parking garage, with high efficiency, lower wattage LED fixtures with controls. This Lighting Energy Efficiency in Parking (LEEP) project achieved 90% energy savings, exceeding the University's goals for energy use reduction in their parking garage.

Other: Case Study
Sector: Commercial

At the Appleton Medical Center, ThedaCare’s Lighting Energy Efficiency in Parking (LEEP) project involved replacing inefficient lighting fixtures at a 126,000 square foot parking structure with high efficiency low-wattage LED fixtures, which resulted in over 80% energy savings.

Other: Case Study
Partner: Kimco Realty Corporation
Sector: Commercial

Kimco Realty Corporation was able to achieve energy savings of 23,000 kWh (10-20%) by providing upgrades to 160 sites across 25 states over 2 years as part of the Lighting Energy Efficiency in Parking (LEEP) Campaign.

Other: Case Study
Sector: Commercial

The Howard Hughes Corporation upgraded parking structure lighting at the Ward Centers in Honolulu, Hawaii as part of the Lighting Energy Efficiency in Parking (LEEP) Campaign. The new LED fixtures helped reduce energy use by 75% (500,000 kWh annually) and improved overall lighting quality in the garage earning them a LEEP Campaign Award.

Other: Case Study
Partner: Hilton
Sector: Commercial

This case study provides an overview on the lighting design goals of DOE and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory's (PNNL) implementation of LED recessed downlight luminaires in the guest rooms at the Hilton Columbus Downtown hotel. This resulted in 50% energy savings relative to a comparable CFL downlight.

Other: Report
Partner: Hilton
Sector: Commercial

For this report, the DOE evaluated the use of LED downlight luminaires in the Hilton Columbus Downtown hotel.

Other: Fact Sheet
Sector: Commercial

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) offered commercial building owners the opportunity to partner in lighting technology demonstrations featuring high-performance LED downlight luminaires. This fact sheets explains the process.

Other: Specification
Sector: Commercial

This technical specification and application guidance document prescribes equipment characteristics and application guidance including controls that support reduced energy use compared to common standard practice.

Other: Guidance
Sector: Commercial

This Better Buildings Alliance publication provides actionable guidance for the planning, application and specification of devices and systems used to control general lighting in building exteriors and parking structures.

Other: Case Study
Partner: Walgreens Co.
Sector: Commercial

This case study details Wallgreesn's successful development of a program to strategically retire RTUs prior to failure and replace them with high-efficiency units. In just 150 stores, this project brought back more than $1 million in savings from material and labor budgets.

Other: Case Study
Partner: Publix
Sector: Commercial

The U.S. Department of Energy developed the RTU Challenge to test high performance rooftop air- conditioning units versus standard units at two Publix store locstions, which resulted in anual energy and utility costs savings of 16,000 kWh and $1,600 respectively.

Other: Specification
Sector: Commercial

This specification provides detailed selection criteria for five major APSs, and sets standards for modeling APSs. It is intended to help those who procure APSs select the most effective models for their commercial buildings.

Other: Guidance
Sector: Commercial

DOE to developed this guidance document for use by the food service industry in understanding the basic issues involved in deployment of energy management systems (EMS) in their establishments.

Other: Case Study
Sector: Commercial

This case study discusses the motivation and implementation of Fresh & Easy’s case retrofit program which, since completion, has resulted in significant gas and electricity savings at multiple locations across the country.

Other: Guidance
Sector: Commercial

This playbook will help refrigeration designers evaluate multiple applications of refrigeration heat reclaim for supermarket energy conservation. It also includes guidance on operations, maintenance, and measurement/verification.

Other: Guidance
Sector: Commercial

This Natural Refrigeration Playbook provides guidance to refrigeration system design teams about selecting energy-efficient refrigeration systems that use natural, low-global warming potential (GWP) refrigerants.

Other: Specification
Sector: Commercial, Education

This energy only specification provides a description of required performance characteristics resulting in increased energy savings for ULTs in laboratories.

Other: Specification
Sector: Commercial

This package of materials guides you through the specification, procurement, and selection of an Energy Information System (EIS) or related building energy performance monitoring and diagnostic technology.

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