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Partner Profile, Energy Data
Partner: Best Buy
Sector: Commercial


Partner Profile, Energy Data
Partner: Macy's
Sector: Commercial


Partner Profile, Energy Data
Partner: Kohl’s Department Stores
Sector: Commercial, Water Initiative


Partner Profile, Energy Data
Partner: Walgreens Co.
Sector: Commercial


Partner Profile, Energy Data
Partner: Staples
Sector: Commercial, Water Initiative


Showcase Project
Partner: Best Buy
Sector: Commercial

By installing skylights, dimmable fluorescent lights, and submetering, this Las Vegas Best Buy reduced lighting energy use by 45%.

Showcase Project
Sector: Commercial

Facing maintenance challenges due to the nearby coast's salty air, Forest City improved the efficiency of its chilled water circulation loop with new chillers, VFD retrofits, and refurbishment of air handling units, reaching 25% energy savings - nearly $600,000 saved annually.

Implementation Model
Partner: Best Buy
Sector: Commercial

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.

Showcase Project
Partner: Havertys
Sector: Commercial

Through a more efficient white TPO roof, LED spot lighting, replacement of the existing HVAC with high-efficiency units, and a new energy management system, this showroom achieves 44% annual energy and cost savings.

Showcase Project
Partner: Kohl’s Department Stores
Sector: Commercial

Kohl’s Niles, OH retail store achieved 38% energy savings and $65,000 annual cost savings after implementing several energy reduction measures, including the replacement of Roof Top Units (RTUs), a lighting upgrade, and re-commissioning of control systems.

Showcase Project
Partner: Macy's
Sector: Commercial

Macy's completed a retrofit of this department store to upgrade the original constant volume system, install dampers and LED lighting, and reprogram the energy management system in addition to continuous energy improvements. This work resulted in 30% energy savings and more than $220,000 saved per year.

Showcase Project
Partner: Macy's
Sector: Commercial

Macy's implemented energy conservation measures including a new multi-stack chiller, LED lamps on the sales floor, variable frequency drives, and a high-efficiency roof. Altogether these upgrades save 43% energy annually.

Showcase Project
Partner: Walgreens Co.
Sector: Commercial

Building off of the energy efficiency successes and lessons learned from its other store improvement projects, Walgreens took a multi-measure approach including lighting, skylights, EV charging, and HVAC improvements to achieve 45% annual energy savings.

Showcase Project
Partner: Walgreens Co.
Sector: Commercial

The Evanston store, Walgreens' first net zero energy designed store, produces energy equal to or greater than it consumes by implementing energy-efficient and renewable energy technologies including: energy-efficient building materials, LED lighting, ultra-high-efficiency refrigeration, solar panels, wind turbines, and geothermal technology.

Showcase Project
Sector: Commercial

Walmart achieved a 37% reduction in source energy use intensity by implementing a series of lighting and space conditioning energy efficiency measures including 100% LED lighting, refrigerated case door testing, reclaimed heat, and efficiency chillers.

Implementation Model
Partner: Kohl’s Department Stores
Sector: Commercial

Kohl’s embedded members of the Finance Department into the Energy team to expedite communication of financial benefits and approval of energy efficiency projects.

Implementation Model
Partner: Macy's
Sector: Commercial

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%.

Implementation Model
Partner: Sprint
Sector: Commercial

Sprint’s multifaceted energy efficiency strategy includes applying a unique energy savings approach to each asset class and tying compensation to energy reduction, which has resulted in more than $60 million in avoided energy costs.

Implementation Model
Partner: Staples
Sector: Commercial

Staples fulfillment center staff conducted Eco-Treasure Hunts, tracking down energy and water savings opportunities at target facilities.

2015 Better Buildings Summit, Presentation
Partner: Sprint
Sector: Commercial, Local Government

Plug-in electric vehicle charging access at the workplace has nearly doubled in the last two years as employers of all sectors and sizes are increasingly offering workplace charging. Learn from a few of these employers how workplace charging is helping them to attract and retain talented employees, and demonstrate leadership in their communities.

2015 Better Buildings Summit, Presentation
Partner: Lendlease
Sector: Commercial, Residential
2015 Better Buildings Summit, Presentation
Partner: Sprint
Sector: Commercial
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: Case Study
Partner: Target
Sector: Commercial

Through its partnership with the Better Buildings Advanced Rooftop Unit Campaign (ARC), Target has developed a highly successful rooftop unit replacement program that will produce estimated cost savings of $1.3 million annually.

Video
Partner: Havertys
Sector: Commercial

Havertys Furniture joined the Better Buildings Challenge to continue their commitment to saving energy and the environment. Find out how they achieved a 44 percent reduction in energy usage after making updates to their HVAC system, lighting, and rooftop. Havertys operates more than 100 showrooms in 81 cities across 16 states. 

Other: Case Study
Sector: Commercial

Recognizing the opportunity in solar photovoltaic (PV) installations, BJ’s installed nearly 20 PV systems throughout Massachusetts, Maryland, and New Jersey. These systems collectively produce 5.5 megawatts of power annually, allowing BJ's to reduce operating and energy costs so they can direct more resources to their core mission.

Other: Case Study
Partner: JC Penney
Sector: Commercial

JC Penney pursued a pilot program for RTU variable frequency drive (VFD) technology. Following the successful pilot program, JC Penney retrofitted 1,330 rooftop units in 130 stores with the VFD solution and reported saving $5 million and 48 million kWh, a 22% reduction from before the VFD retrofit.

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.

2014 Better Buildings Summit, Presentation
Partner: National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Target
Sector: Commercial

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. 

2014 Better Buildings Summit, Presentation
Sector: Commercial
Other: Guidance
Partner: National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Sector: Commercial

This guide describes the process needed to cost-effectively reduce PPL energy impact in retail buildings. It includes general and appliance-specific PPL control strategies.

Showcase Project
Partner: Atlanta, GA
Sector: Education, Local Government

On the Georgia Tech Research Institute campus, the TSRB building team implemented a continuous commissioning program to maintain optimum HVAC performance. TSRB reduced it's annual energy cost by 32% and water costs by 9% compared to baseline years, saving more than $123,000 annually.

2016 Better Buildings Summit, Presentation
Sector: Commercial

A sneak peak of cutting edge and emerging clean technologies that will increase energy efficiency in buildings and infrastructure, reduce emissions, and increase the deployment of clean and renewable electrons

2016 Better Buildings Summit, Presentation
Partner: New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) , Xcel Energy

Learn how we can harness big data and a suite of new “Smart Building” technologies to transform the way buildings operate with the resulting energy savings of 1 Quadrillion Btu nation-wide at 100% adoption. 

2016 Better Buildings Summit, Presentation
Sector: Commercial, Education, Industrial, Multifamily, Local Government, State Government, Data Centers, Financial Services, Utility

Speakers representing the public and private sectors discussed the importance of incorporating CHP into the planning process for critical facilities.

2016 Better Buildings Summit, Presentation
Sector: Commercial

This session provided tips from Better Buildings Challenge partners who are successfully including energy efficiency in their due diligence efforts when considering a building for purchase. 

2016 Better Buildings Summit, Presentation
Partner: Salt Lake City, UT
Sector: Commercial, Local Government

Discussion of energy data access trends, recent accomplishments, and future opportunities, as well as outcomes from the DOE Better Buildings Energy Data Accelerator program.

2016 Better Buildings Summit, Presentation
Sector: Commercial

Participants learned about advances in parking lot lighting technologies, and how their facility can maximize savings.

2016 Better Buildings Summit, Presentation
Partner: Kilroy Realty Corporation
Sector: Commercial

Provided insight into Better Buildings resources partners have contributed to in the past year and shared proven strategies to install solar.

2016 Better Buildings Summit, Presentation
Partner: University of Miami, Whole Foods Market
Sector: Commercial, Education

Participants discussed topics such as what points to monitor, which algorithms give the most bang for the buck, how to bring multiple data points together (lighting, security, parking) and integrate new software with existing systems, and got a few tips so the data captured is actionable.

Solutions at a Glance
Partner: Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA)
Sector: Commercial

RILA's 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.

Video
Sector: Commercial

Mark Vanderhelm spoke at the 2016 Better Buildings Summit on Walmart's corporate plan of action to meet energy efficiency goals.

Toolkits
Sector: Commercial

This toolkit outlines successful strategies and resources for bridging the tenant-landlord divide through green leasing guidance, tenant improvement and build out best practices, and examples of successful communication with tenants regarding energy efficiency opportunities.

Implementation Model
Partner: Belk, Inc.
Sector: Commercial

Through an LED retrofit pilot program, Belk, Inc. demonstrated the benefits of an efficiency technology to company leadership and gained support for additional energy efficiency projects across the company’s portfolio.

Other: Guidance
Partner: Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA)
Sector: Commercial

This guide is intended to help energy managers and finance professionals at retail companies understand internal financing approaches that can be used for energy projects.

Other: Guidance
Partner: Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA)
Sector: Commercial

This guide is intended to help energy managers and finance professionals at retail companies understand how to use external financing for energy projects.

Solutions at a Glance
Sector: Commercial

The Energy Management and Real Estate teams at a major national retailer worked together to include new clauses at lease initiation or renewal that make it easier to reduce energy and water use, and to access renewable energy in their leased stores.

Other: Case Study
Partner: Target
Sector: Commercial

Target was recognized by the Interior Lighting Campaign for excellence and leadership in their corporate-wide LED troffer lighting project at 107 Target sites, with an estimated 26 million kWh in annual savings.

Implementation Model
Partner: Best Buy
Sector: Commercial

Best Buy’s sustainability team identified plug loads as a significant source of energy consumption. To analyze efficiency opportunities with real consumption data, the company partnered with the Environmental Defense Fund Climate Corps program and uncovered $3M in potential annual energy savings.

Other: Guidance
Partner: Ulta Inc.
Sector: Commercial

Developed by Ulta Beauty for their in-house maintenance team to handle RTU maintenance at scale.

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