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HEI developed an energy management tracking tool that analyzes key variables such as weather normalized utility consumption, and hotel occupancy alongside capital and operational energy efficiency initiatives to create more centralized information and evaluate opportunities for improvement.
Using IHG’s Green Engage platform, an on-site review of the Holiday Inn Express: Atlanta Airport-College Park was conducted in July 2012. Findings demonstrated that the property is making considerable progress towards achieving level 1 in the program, but that there were additional opportunities for savings.
UC Irvine began the Smart Labs Initiative in 2008 as a crucial step towards making a sizeable reduction in the university’s carbon footprint.
HEI developed standardized operating procedures for establishing, maintaining, and evaluating key energy set-points at their hotel properties.
IHG developed a comprehensive online sustainability management system to manage hotel energy, water, and waste reduction efforts in a global, franchised business environment. Through Green Engage, IHG has avoided over $185 million in energy costs.
Macy’s implemented a centralized real-time energy management system and weekly coordination calls with field staff to address energy issues.This has allowed the company to diagnose and fix energy-related issues more quickly and led to average savings of 2%–3%.
Nuveen added sustainability metrics to its property governance scorecard to motivate third-party property managers to prioritize energy and water use benchmarking, thus improving visibility into the resource costs at those properties.
Transwestern adopted sustainability best practices and minimum standards for energy efficiency for all its office and industrial buildings resulting in an 8% performance increase in energy and water operations.
The Tower Companies updated its standard lease agreements to include a green appendix that 100% of new and renewed tenants accepted, supporting efforts to reduce energy and water use across its commercial portfolio.
Schneider Electric employs a predictive modeling technique that adjusts baseline energy use to control for factors that impact energy consumption such as production and weather changes.
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.
With the help of Energy Trust of Oregon, the City of Beaverton participated in a three-year real time energy monitoring program that provided consistent and transparent building performance data. This allowed the city to identify low- and no-cost recommendations that have led to energy savings of up to 23%.
Gillette, WY’s inventory and tracking tool helps the city better manage the maintenance and repair of HVAC equipment, proactively prepare for associated capital needs, and reduce the perception of risk to invest in more efficient equipment.
Knoxville convened a public-private task force to develop a comprehensive energy plan for implementing energy efficiency improvements, financing projects, and tracking energy data.
Delaware established a centralized benchmarking and tracking database to identify and mobilize building upgrades with the highest potential energy savings, cost savings, and environmental benefit, leading to more than 17% energy reduction.
Commercial space conditioning (heating, cooling, and ventilation) accounts for about 7.0 quads of primary energy per year, or about 40% of total commercial use in the United States. Learn about new research into the next generation of HVAC equipment and how proper technology planning can lead to incredible savings. Part 1 focuses on packaged HVAC systems that are treated as individual equipment with minimal maintenance.
Commercial space conditioning (heating, cooling, and ventilation) accounts for about 7.0 quads of primary energy per year, or about 40% of total commercial use in the United States. Learn about energy-savings opportunities through managing large, complex HVAC systems and proper staff training. Part 2 focuses on central plant HVAC systems.
A select group of Better Buildings Challenge partners are working with DOE to set water-saving goals, track progress, and share solutions with their peers. This presentation features a cross-sector group of organizations sharing early results and key insights on strategies they have used to improve water efficiency.
ESPCs traditionally use the International Performance Measurement and Verification Protocol (IPMVP) to measure project energy savings. Given the flexibility of IPMVP options, does saying a project used IPMVP tell us what we need to know about how the savings were measured? This presentation explores the nitty-gritty details about ESPC M&V and identifies key things building owners should be asking for from these projects.
This presentation addresses the challenges encountered while implementing energy efficiency improvements in existing data centers within multi-use buildings.
Building owners and operators are increasingly using smart meters and apps to encourage occupants to cut energy consumption. Learn from the commercial, multifamily, and educational building sectors on how to promote energy efficiency behavior through technology.
Benchmarking and data management practices are generating a rich collection of readily accessible energy performance data. Learn how state and local governments are driving savings in public and private buildings, from strategic management and commissioning of public buildings to making the energy performance of commercial and multifamily buildings available and meaningful to prospective tenants and buyers.
Property owners, energy efficiency services and engineering companies, architecture firms, and state and local governments are using the Building Energy Asset Score to inform building energy efficiency investment opportunities. Panelists discuss the value of the Asset Score and its role in the energy efficiency marketplace.
Energy management information systems (EMISs) are powerful; organizations that have implemented them have reported savings of up to 20% due to better energy performance and operations. However, finding the right EMIS for your organization can be difficult, and securing funding can be even harder. In this presentation, hear from organizations on how they funded their EMISs and learn about options and resources available for yours.
As local governments begin to implement energy efficiency policies and programs, the need to better understand energy savings becomes important. What energy savings can we attribute to benchmarking and disclosure laws? How do we apply data in Portfolio Manager and verify that the energy reductions were a result of efficiency practices? In this presentation, we will explore ways that local governments can measure these savings.
Home Performance (HP) XML is transforming the way home energy upgrade programs collect and transfer information from one software system to another, leading to improved contractor satisfaction, lower administrative costs, and technological advancements in the home performance industry.
A growing number of local governments and states are collecting building benchmarking data from thousands of public and private building owners. Data cleansing is a critical step prior to analysis and interpretation of data. Learn about methodologies and principles that leading organizations are employing to cleanse benchmarking data and improve the accuracy of future year data sets.
A range of DOE programs and resources are available to help companies save energy, reduce operating costs, and improve competitiveness. In this presentation, Better Plants partners will describe how they have leveraged various resources to help them make progress toward the aggressive energy efficiency goals set by their organizations.
This presentation on the underlying barriers to energy data access is a part of the Better Buildings Webinar Series.
This webinar presented on the underlying barriers to energy data access. Learn about solutions underway across the country, including a successful collaboration in Philadelphia. The webinar also highlighted new resources to help you replicate this model in your community.
Balfour Beatty Communities created the Smart Meter Resident Energy Savings Program to leverage smart meter data using a proactive or “push to” resident engagement strategy, resulting in a 15% average energy reduction without capital investments.
This webinar shared strategies and resources building owners, managers, and tenants can utilize to transform the energy model from a one-time report provided at the end of design to an iterative tool used throughout the design process to drive energy savings.
This webinar focused on transforming building milestones such as purchase, sale, tenant transitions, etc. into energy efficiency opportunities.
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.
Join the Better Buildings Alliance Technology Team leaders for space conditioning during this session to learn about their current initiatives for packaged HVAC, including the Advanced RTU Campaign, new research on ventilation for retail and small offices, and advanced gas heaters.
Join the Better Buildings Alliance Technology Team leaders for energy management information systems during this session to learn about their current initiatives, participate in the planning of future activities, and play a part in their resource development and deployment.
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.
Join the Better Buildings Alliance Technology Team leaders for laboratory facilities during this session to learn about their current initiatives, participate in the planning of future activities, and play a part in their resource development and deployment.
Better Buildings Energy Data Accelerator Partners and stakeholders presented progress on stakeholder engagement and discuss upcoming work on approaches for achieving their data access commitments.
Better Buildings Accelerator Superior Energy Performance Partners discussed training strategies and the enterprisewide audit sampling plan, as wells as continued opportunities for collaboration between Enterprise-wide and Ratepayer-funded Accelerator Partners to increase SEP adoption.
The National Laboratory Impact Initiative aims to develop a coordinated strategy of policies and programs to accelerate the commercial impact of its National Labs on the clean energy industry.
Commercial space conditioning (heating, cooling, and ventilation) accounts for about 7.0 quads of primary energy per year, or about 40 percent of total commercial use in the United States. Learn about new research into the next generation of HVAC equipment and how proper technology planning can lead to incredible savings.
Panelists shared their experiences with the Technology Performance Exchange, a web-based portal that provides access to performance data on thousands of building-related products, and the Energy Design Assistance Tracker, a web tool that automates the administration of new construction and deep retrofit incentive programs.
Tracking energy consumption and energy efficiency improvements within manufacturing operations can be a complex undertaking. The benefits of establishing robust and accurate data management systems are significant, as they can uncover new opportunities to save energy and reduce costs. This session featured advanced methodologies and tools for calculating energy intensity improvement, and discusses effective uses of submetering in an industrial setting.