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3M created a pool of capital to fund overlooked cost-saving energy efficiency projects resulting in more than $580,000 in savings.
Ascension dedicates an annual budget from their Facilities Infrastructure Pool for energy efficiency upgrades at its hospitals to overcome the “first-cost” hurdle or insufficient access to capital, resulting in energy and cost savings.
With limited capital funds for energy efficiency, Best Buy established a rolling portfolio-wide lighting retrofit program using maintenance funds, resulting in reduced energy, labor, and lighting replacement costs due to the increased efficiency and life of LEDs.
Kohl’s embedded members of the Finance Department into the Energy team to expedite communication of financial benefits and approval of energy efficiency projects.
UPMC created an Energy Management and Engineering Department with an annual energy budget to prioritize efficiency improvements to reduce energy use, costs, and emissions.
USAA Real Estate developed a calculator to convert the results of energy efficiency upgrades into metrics that are meaningful for financial decision makers, resulting in more projects funded and increased portfolio-wide energy savings.
Whole Foods worked with a regional utility provider to customize energy efficiency incentives for the grocery sector and signed an agreement to receive incentive funds based on actual energy reductions.
Delaware State utilized previously restricted state appropriations to create a revenue-neutral debt structure, allowing for large-scale bond financing of efficiency projects and with current investments expected to yield $24.6M in savings over 20 years.
The University of Utah implemented an internal Green Revolving Fund to allocate savings from current energy efficiency projects to invest in future projects, saving the university $1.6 million on energy costs since its inception.
UVA implemented an internal, cross-functional retro-commissioning (RCx) team with a cost-recovery element like a revolving loan fund; metered savings from one project are used to pay for other projects.
GM’s creation of an Energy Performance Contracting (EPC) model helped double the amount of money directed towards energy conservation from $40 million to $80 million.
HARBEC captures economic and environmental benefits by adopting a new finance method that evaluates potential projects over the entire course of their expected lives.
Arlington County established a climate action program, now called the Arlington Initiative to Rethink Energy, to raise the profile of energy awareness across county activities. The county is saving approximately $1 million per year in avoided costs through electricity, natural gas, and water upgrades.
The City of Hillsboro (OR), which plans to reduce municipal facility energy use by 60% by 2030, overcame inconsistent access to capital for efficiency projects by setting up a Sustainability Revolving Fund that has achieved an estimated $24,000 in annual cost savings.
Milwaukee, WI, created a property assessed clean energy (PACE) program which allows building owners to pay for energy projects through a voluntary municpal special charge that is attached to the property, not the owner. To date, the city has closed 8 PACE projects and yielded annual savings of over $1 million.
Pittsburgh, PA established a Green Initiatives Trust Fund to set aside funds for energy conservation projects and utilizes the savings to fund future projects.
Citi used an energy services agreement to deliver efficient electricity and cooling at its London data center. The project is expected to deliver $1.1 million in annual cost savings.
Prologis, Inc., took advantage of commercial PACE financing to retrofit its headquarters at the historic Pier 1 building in San Francisco. The projects financed are projected to reduce electricity consumption by 32% and save nearly $100,000 annually.
Metrus Energy deployed multi-measure energy efficiency retrofits in BAE Systems facilities with no upfront costs using an Energy Services Agreement (ESA).
Southern California Edison introduced an On-Bill Financing Program to overcome the upfront capital cost barrier in conducting energy efficiency projects, providing over $10 million in loans for eligible business customers.
Nissan modified benchmark funding practices for energy efficiency projects based off peer evaluation, resulting in relaxed investment criteria and a savings yield of $2.1M and 17,500 tons of CO2.
NHT reduced operating costs in multi-family buildings by installing solar systems helping them sustain affordable housing costs for low-income families which generates 300,000 kw/year.
The lease is a powerful tool for tenants and landlords to achieve sustainability and corporate social responsibility goals. So why aren’t more organizations putting green leasing into practice? This presentation will provide a primer on commercial green leases and showcase successes and challenges faced by leading organizations that are implementing lease clauses to accelerate and achieve energy performance goals.
Industrial customers have much to gain from partnering with their utilities on energy efficiency, but a series of barriers have led to lower industrial participation rates in utility programs relative to other sectors. This panel will highlight effective utility programs for industrial customers, identifying key attributes that drive greater industrial participation and lead to significant energy and cost savings.
This presentation will showcase recent developments and successes of selling energy efficiency loan portfolios to secondary markets, as well as how to address the continued need for consistent data across programs to create investor confidence.
How do I know if my project is right for an ESPC? What EM&V procedures should I specify? Learn how your peers have addressed these questions by applying best practices in ESPC project development and negotiation, including assessing audit results, leveraging available resources to benchmark energy conservation measure packages, preparing for ESCO selection, and defining reliable and costeffective EM&V approaches.
There are numerous milestones in the building life-cycle in which energy efficiency can be integrated—refinancing, aesthetic renovations, environmental compliance, etc. Learn how innovative organizations are leveraging these opportunities to drive energy savings, improve project payback, and infuse efficiency into the DNA of their organizations.
Across the country, states are working with policy-makers, regulators, utilities, and end users to accelerate the adoption of energy efficiency and combined heat and power (CHP). Learn from State Energy Office representatives about their goals and recent strategies for driving deployment of CHP and energy efficiency in the commercial, institutional, and industrial sectors.
Manufacturers typically subject energy efficiency projects to strict return on investment and payback rules. While many companies only fund projects that pay for themselves in 2 years or less, manufacturers represented in this presentation will share mechanisms they have employed to stretch or work around conservative energy efficiency investment rules.
Limited funding does not need to exclude investing in energy efficiency improvements. This presentation will demonstrate how Public Housing Authorities can use Energy Performance Contracts and the Rental Assistance Demonstration program to support their energy commitments.
What incentives did homeowners respond to in a $500 million Recovery Act grant program, and what was learned from incentives that did not work so well? This presentation will utilize the Better Buildings Residential Program Solution Center to share proven strategies for energy efficiency programs.
Is your organization taking advantage of the millions of dollars utilities make available through energy efficiency programs every year? E Source provides an overview of trends in utility incentive programs, then Better Buildings partners describe their successful collaborations with utilities to make use of existing incentives and design custom incentives tailored to their buildings’ energy uses.
Appraisers’ understanding of green building benefits is critical to ensuring that buyers purchase buildings that meet their comfort and operational expectations, and sellers receive appropriate compensation for the effort spent improving and maintaining their buildings. This presentation will cover a range of resources being developed to support green appraisals, and the breakthroughs and challenges that owners and lenders have experienced when implementing them.
This webinar highlighted how Energy Savings Performance Contracting (ESPC) is expanding to new sectors to impact building energy efficiency.
Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing is a vehicle to pay for energy efficiency improvements or renewable energy installations on private property. In this webinar, Better Buildings Challenge partners described their successful experiences with PACE financing as program developers, city administrators, and property owners.
In this webinar, Better Buildings Challenge partners described their successful experiences with Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing as program developers, city administrators, and property owners.
REACH is integrating passive house standards in affordable rental housing to address rising costs, with tenants benefiting from a nearly 90% energy reduction for heat usage and an overall energy use reduction of 60-70% compared to a LEED Certified building.
Gundersen Health System constructed one of the nation's first LEED parking structures for a hospital, complete with PV panels. As of 2014, the system is one of the first to offset 100 percent of its energy use with renewable energy.
Join the Better Buildings Alliance Market Solutions Team to discuss their recent progress and planned activities in the areas of green leasing, energy data access, financing, appraisal, and workforce development.
Public sector leaders shared insights on managing strategic programs to engage building owners in community-wide efficiency goals.
With new financing options emerging, there are many opportunities and challenges for realizing building efficiency opportunities. A project developer reveals the top-10 real-world challenges for making investment decisions based on modeled savings estimates, and speakers offered practical guidance for using savings estimates to make the case for efficiency, including a review of simulation software capabilities and best practice modeling methods.
On-bill financing and Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) programs are financing products for promoting energy-efficiency that are emerging across the nation. Learn about the role that credit enhancement has played in bringing private dollars into these programs, and the on-the-ground experiences and key lessons learned from public officials, utility representatives, and financial institutions.
With limited budgets, state and local governments must work with financial institutions to take energy programs to scale. Learn how partnerships are playing out in the field, and what lessons early deals can provide.
There is an increasing amount of evidence linking energy efficiency to financial benefits in commercial and multifamily buildings, seen in operating expenses, rents, vacancy, occupant productivity, maintenance and repair costs, and sale prices. Learn more about changes in market practices from leading voices in the building appraisal, brokerage, and financing communities, and discuss what else needs to happen to capture the full value of efficiency
This session highlighted new and exciting ways municipal bonds and power purchase agreements are being used for energy efficiency and distributed generation projects, as well as what opportunities might be presented by the emergence of the concept of “green bonds.”