Solutions Search Results
Through improved lighting systems, occupancy sensors, a 4.5-megawatt combined heat and power plant, solar, and building automation, this medical center reduced annual energy use by 25% and saves $324,00 annually.
Hilton Columbus Downtown features a number of energy conservation measures (ECMs) including efficient lighting, a building automation system, and variable frequency drives. As a result, Hilton Worldwide saved 32% in annual energy consumption and $387,000 in annual energy costs.
The Sanford-Kimpton Building, housing the Columbia/Boone County Public Health and Human Services Department, received a complete recommissioning of its HVAC systems and lighting retrofits. Upgrades to these systems led to 33% in annual energy savings as well as improved tenant comfort.
New York-Presbyterian Hospital launched a retro-commissioning program that blends energy management with improving the quality of patient care for a holistic approach that engages all hospital staff and has resulted in energy and cost savings year-over-year.
Minnesota delivers technical, financial, and contractual assistance to state agencies to support the implementation of Energy Savings Performance Contracting. GESP is available as a resource to all state agencies, local governments, and school districts in Minnesota.
Real estate investment company DWS launched "Project Energy Saver" to improve energy performance consistently across its entire portfolio, including the least-efficient buildings that are not eligible for ENERGY STAR or LEED certification, but represent the greatest opportunities for improvement.
Contributers from Harbec, North Carolina State University, and Clark Financial Service describe how CHP has supported their portfolio energy reduction goals and resiliency concerns.
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.
In this presentation, states, local governments, and water and wastewater utilities discuss how they overcame some of the persistent barriers to deploying energy efficiency and renewable energy at their facilities and the tools needed to increase deployment nationwide.
Learn strategies to effectively communicate with and motivate behavior change from the people who hold resource consumption in their hands every day, including specific language, techniques for gaining buy-in, and even an app!
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.
Low-cost sensors, ubiquitous Internet connectivity, and other technological advances are opening new doors for energy efficiency in homes, buildings, and factories. Sometimes called “intelligent efficiency,” this network-based, high-tech approach could cut the nation’s energy use by 12% to 24% according to some experts. This presentation discusses new opportunities, developments, and challenges in this emerging field.
The full value of energy efficiency and high-performance homes has yet to be represented in the market; however, a number of “green” real estate industry initiatives are emerging. Energy efficiency programs are beginning to get involved at specific points in the real estate transaction chain. Learn the first three key steps program managers can take to engage the real estate industry.
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.
Learn how these companies and organizations have implemented strategic energy management programs to improve energy efficiency and reduce costs.
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.
This presentation addresses the challenges encountered while implementing energy efficiency improvements in existing data centers within multi-use buildings.
DOE’s national labs are powerful engines for clean energy innovation. In this presentation, representatives from the national labs describe how the private sector can engage with labs to improve energy efficiency, enhance competitiveness, and lower carbon pollution.
Laboratory facilities are very energy intensive—using about three times more energy than an average office building. Operating a single lab fume hood can result in as much energy use as three typical homes! Explore opportunities for saving energy in labs and hear about actual implementations, including a highly successful campus-wide program.
This presentation will feature state and local governments that have established internal sustainable operations plans and policies for their own organizations as a means of operationalizing their energy and climate goals. Learn strategies to realize sustainability goals through employee orientation and programming, departmental budget innovation, and technology platform development.
Large companies are increasingly looking to advance energy efficiency within their supply chains to control costs, minimize risk, and improve their corporate sustainability credentials. As they do, a key issue is understanding the unique needs and challenges facing small businesses—a topic that is also relevant for state and local governments interested in advancing energy efficiency among small manufacturers located in their jurisdictions. Industry professionals explore this issue from a variety of different perspectives.
Who hasn’t heard the residential energy efficiency lament that homeowners do not understand energy efficiency and will not spend significant sums of money on something they don’t understand? How can programs talk with different audiences, such as low-, middle-, and high-income markets? Hear from the Better Buildings Residential Network to learn from examples that have worked well and failed miserably.
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.
Commercial plug and process loads (PPLs) are projected to grow from 30% to 35% of total commercial building energy use between 2006 and 2020, due to an increase in the number of plug-in devices and the energy intensity of those devices. This presentation will outline the challenges with commercial plug load controls, along with solutions for tracking and reducing PPLs such as hardware, software, and web-based service options.
Refrigeration often accounts for over half of the energy consumption in supermarkets, grocery stores, and convenience stores. Learn how the Better Buildings Alliance is helping members reduce refrigeration energy consumption.
In this presentation, hear from a state government, local government, and K-12 school district that have developed innovative programs or approaches to clean energy project design including microgrids, renewable energy technologies, and energy master planning.
Restaurants use more energy per square foot than any other commercial building. Learn how DOE and Partners are helping pave the way for energy savings in the commercial food service sector.
This presentation addresses the barriers associated with challenging a business-as-usual approach where energy efficiency often takes a back seat to concerns about reliability.
New models are emerging for ensuring that the performance of existing building energy retrofits meet Watts per square feet requirements. Learn the ins and outs of these strategies from colleagues in the energy trenches.
Street lamps, area lighting, and parking lighting are some of the most costeffective opportunities for energy savings, yet they often remain untapped. Learn from organizations that are saving up to 90% on lighting costs, and learn about free technical assistance, resources, and programs like the Lighting Energy Efficiency in Parking Campaign, Outdoor Lighting Accelerator, and Green Garage Certification Program.
Learn how you could achieve 45% energy savings or more by applying the Better Buildings Alliance troffer specification; learn about free tools, resources, and technical assistance available through the Interior Lighting Campaign; and learn from building owners who share results and lessons learned from recent troffer lighting upgrade projects.
This webinar highlighted how zero energy buildings combine energy efficiency and renewable energy generation to consume only as much energy as can be produced onsite through renewable resources and that achieving zero energy is an ambitious yet increasingly achievable goal.
This presentation focused on ways to connect sustainability to federally supported research. This has the dual benefit of reducing the environmental footprint of research and maximizing the effective use of federal dollars.
This webinar brought together presenters from Cummins, National Church Residences, and the EDF's Corporate Partnerships Program to discuss different water stewardship and conservation strategies that have worked for their organizations.
Webinar attendees learned how the Department of Energy prioritizes high impact technologies (HITs) to advance energy efficiency.
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.
UTC created a cross-divisional Energy Council to develop the strategy, disseminate energy efficiency best practices, and focus efforts to meet the company’s ambitious energy and GHG reduction goals.
Rural Ulster Preservation Company (RUPCO) undertook the adaptive reuse of an abandoned historic mill in Kingston, NY, and incorporated energy reduction strategies that are expected to achieve 43% energy savings.
This tool provides an interactive and visual representation of possible approaches and decisions that will typically be encountered in upgrading/replacing a public outdoor lighting system.
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.
This document provides guidance for implementing Solar PV in hospitals and other healthcare facilities.
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.
This toolkit will help organizations capture cost savings by implementing SEP enterprise-wide, as well as to demonstrate strategic energy management through SEP as an effective ratepayer-funded program offering for industrial facilities.
Solar PV has the potential to provide significant benefits to hotels by way of attracting guests and, more importantly, reducing operating costs.
The Tower Companies is committed to being an environmental leader in the real estate industry and installed its first solar photovoltaic (PV) system on a large, class A office building in Washington, D.C. The solar installation contributed to the sustainability profile of the property, which was already certified LEED Gold.