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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.
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.
Through it's partnership with the Better Buildings Alliance's 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.
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.
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.
Solar PV has the potential to provide significant benefits to hotels by way of attracting guests and, more importantly, reducing operating costs.
This guide explores the benefits, barriers, and strategies to installing solar on leased buildings, including commercial real estate.
The Tower Companies is committed to being an environmental leader in the real estate industry and pursued its first solar photovoltaic (PV) installation on a large, class A office building in Washington, D.C.
The Hampton Inn & Suites Bakersfield North-Airport, to mitigate electricity costs, installed a carport solar array that produced monthly savings of $8,800.
Madera Community Hospital worked with an energy service company (ESCO) to complete energy efficiency upgrades and select a partner to maintain a solar PV array under a 20-year PPA with the hospital.
Bardessono, a hotel in Yountville, California was designed to be one of the most energy efficient hotels in the world, including a roof-top solar array in the design to achieve significant energy savings and LEED Platinum certification.
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.
BJ’s installed nearly 20 systems that collectively produce 5.5 megawatts of direct c urrent (MW-DC) annually. The individual project sizes range from 260 kilowatts (kW) to 1.3 MW.
TownePlace Suites discovered an unused four-acre piece of land adjoining one of its properties, and developed the land with a solar installation, decreasing electric costs and improving the hotel’s environmental reputation.
North Shore-LIJ HS, recognizing that its healthcare facilities consume large amounts of energy because of how they operate and the complex technologies that are necessary to treat its patients, installed a 50 kilowatt solar PV array on the roof of its Materials Management Building.
Nixon Peabody has made a number of energy efficiency renovations to their Washington, D.C. office, including a three story living wall, which is watered using condensate from the HVAC system. The firm also is incorporating renewable energy.
WDT Indio performed a whole-building retrofit on the 40-year-old concrete structure, installing a 138 kilowatt (kW) solar photovoltaic (PV) array to contribute 80 percent of the building’s energy consumption.
This report provides guidance on Demand Control Kitchen Ventilation (DCKV) systems in commercial food service facilities.
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.
In order to streamline efforts for eliminating inefficiencies, 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 additional stores with the VFD retrofit solution. The company recognized savings of as much as 47,800,000 kWh, a 22% reduction from before the VFD retrofit and a monetary savings of as much as $5 million.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The factsheet covers the general details of the Interior Lighting Campaign.
This specification provides a description of requirements that will result in energy savings for troffers, reliable performance, and energy cost savings.
This fact sheet summarizes key components of the Better Buildings High Efficiency Troffer Lighting Specification and how to apply it.
This specification provides a description of requirements that will result in energy savings, reliable performance, and energy cost savings for parking lot lighting.
This fact sheet summarizes the work on making reliable, energy efficient, and competitively priced outdoor LED lighting systems more widely available in the marketplace.
This specification provides a description of requirements that will result in energy savings, reliable performance, and energy cost savings for parking structure lighting.
This fact sheet provides an overview of the Better Buildings Alliance Lighting & Electrical Technology Research team’s product specification for high-efficiency fluorescent, induction, and LED lighting systems in parking structures, including recommendations for controls and daylighting practices, which can lead to even greater energy savings.
The Lighting Energy Efficiency in Parking (LEEP) Campaign is a program offering free guidance and recognition to facility owners interested in implementing energy‐efficient lighting solutions in their parking lots and structures.
With technical assistance from the Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP), the Marine Corps Base Quantico (MCBQ) recently undertook a major overhaul of its outdoor lighting, boosting safety and security throughout the site, while cutting energy costs and earning a national award in the process.
MC Realty replaced 1,500 metal halide fixtures with an equal number of T8 fluorescent fixtures in the five-story parking structure to cut energy use by 2 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) annually, which resulted in the project winning a 2014 LEEP Award for Highest Absolute Annual Energy Savings in a Retrofit at a Single Parking Structure.
Regency Centers recently upgraded the parking lot lighting at Rona Plaza in Santa Ana, California. The retrofit resulted in energy savings of nearly 88% compared to pre-existing conditions 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.
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.
Cox Enterprises achieved 50% outdoor lighting energy savings through a retrofit of outdoor lighting—totaling 1.8 million kWh in annual savings over the 13.5 million square foot facility.
The JBG Companies (JBG), an investor, owner, developer, and manager of real estate in the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Area, 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.
The second largest gaming company in the world by revenue, MGM Resorts International (MGM) has recently installed energy efficient parking area lighting and controls at 65% of its U.S. facilities.
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.
In the Northrop Auditorium Garage, a small 24,000 square foot facility with 75 parking spots, U of M replaced low-wattage high-pressure sodium fixtures with high efficiency, lowerwattage LED fixtures with lighting controls.
At the Appleton Medical Center, ThedaCare’s Lighting Energy Efficiency in Parking (LEEP) Campaign Award winning project involved replacing inefficient medium-wattage HID lighting fixtures at a 126,000 square foot parking structure with high efficiency low-wattage LED fixtures.
Kimco Realty Corporation’s large facility portfolio could be considered quite challenging to some organizations trying to reduce energy savings, but Kimco was able to provide upgrades to 160 sites across 25 states over 2 years.
The Howard Hughes Corporation upgraded the lighting for the parking structure at the Ward Centers in Honolulu, Hawaii.
As part of a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) demonstration project, researchers at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) evaluated the implementation of light-emitting diode (LED) recessed downlight luminaires in the guest rooms at the Hilton Columbus Downtown hotel in Columbus, OH.