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Alcoa rewards business leaders for energy effficiency projects through it's performance pay program, incentivizing them to prioritize energy efficiency inititatives.
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.
Legrand North America created employee engagement and cultural change by holding an Energy Marathon contest, seeing which of the 18 North American sites can reduce energy usage the most over a 26.2 day period, cutting energy consumption by 15.2% and saving $50K.
The Building Performance Database is the largest publicly-available dataset of anonymized information about the physical and operational characteristics of real buildings, allowing for trend analysis and stimulating investment in energy efficiency retrofit projects.
This tool is a free open-source database platform to manage disparate data about building portfolios. SEED can easily help public entities track building performance by importaing data from related tools such as ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager.
A national standardized tool for assessing the physical and structural energy efficiency of commercial and multifamily residential buildings.
A standardized dictionary of terms and definitions for building energy performance data.
OpenStudio is a cross-platform open-source software development kit (SDK) to support whole building energy modeling using EnergyPlus, and advanced daylight analysis using Radiance, for a public, transparent repository of simulation data and measure scripts.
To streamline the proposal process and select the right contractors, the Los Angeles Better Buildings Challenge developed a quick guide that outlines specific questions for contractors to address in their proposals.
HEI Hotels & Resorts implemented the Fab Four Energy Buddies program which employs smart operation and maintenance procedures and effective employee engagement to achieve the full value of their investments in energy-efficient equipment.
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.
The Loews Hotels Gold Wrench Award recognizes leadership among its engineering managers as recipients of the award are selected based on criteria requiring a high-level of commitment to monitoring energy use, engaging employees, developing energy management strategies, and other building management best practices.
Albuquerque Public Schools’ Energy Conservation Incentive Program establishes best practices and clearly defines roles and responsibilities for administrators, teachers, custodians, and students working to implement energy savings.
Anne Arundel County Public Schools (AACPS) developed a Comprehensive Maintenance Plan to remotely monitor and control school building operations, which has helped AACPS to improve portfolio-wide energy performance by 12%.
Camas School District, WA established a resource conservation management program that helped the district meet its initial Better Buildings Challenge goal five years ahead of its 2020 target – reducing energy use by 20% in 2015 from a 2009 baseline.
Douglas County School District, NV financed $10.7 million in the first phase of energy efficiency improvements through an energy savings performance contract (ESPC) paired with a tax-exempt installment-purchase agreement (IPA). The project achieved energy cost savings of nearly $510,000 in the first year.
To meet the electricity needs of 21 locations with limited funding, Arizona's Dysart Unified School District partnered with Constellation Solar AZ to install solar panels and purchase the generated electricity back at a discounted rate. The system is projected to yield savings of $14 million over 20 years.
PPS partnered with its public utility and local non-profits to fund the construction of nearly 2 MW of renewable power across more than two dozen schools through the CE Clean Energy, Bright Futures program.
Poudre School District (CO) adopted a Sustainability Management System (SMS) that extends principles of sustainability to all of its operations and reaffirms its commitment in this practice. As a result, the school district completed over 260 energy efficiency projects and saved over $2 million in energy costs.
This factsheet developed by the City of Los Angeles provides information and recommended options for cooling tower efficiency.
In search of a financing option with minimal capital investment by the hospital, HackensackUMC entered a strategic partnership with its utility company, who offers a Hospital Efficiency Program that allocates upfront funding for hospitals to implement energy efficiency projects.
This flowchart walks users through questions corresponding to the considerations that go into deciding on the financing options available for state and city government ESPC projects. The tool includes a mini-glossary with an explanation of each financing type included.
Bullitt County Public School District (KY) developed a district-wide energy plan to identify and implement cost-saving measures and develop staff and student commitment to energy management practices. The District has saved nearly $3.9 million in energy and operational costs over 10 years.
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.
In a single summer, UW Health saved $9,000 on utilities and earned $22,000 in incentives by participating in a utility-led program that offered incentives for reducing peak energy usage coupled with free energy dashboards providing real-time energy usage data.
Arlington Initiative to Rethink Energy (AIRE) and Arlington Public Library system established an Energy Lending Library, which provides a suite of tools to help community members take a hands-on approach to evaluating energy consumption and identifying opportunities to save money on energy bills.
An energy audit of Life Time Fitness' Chanhassen, MN, facility showed that the men's and women's steam rooms constituted 13% for the building's peak load. Controls and sensors were implemented which reduced average peak demand by 25.5 kW and saved $5,000 annually in electricity costs.
Results from a LIQUIDARMOR™ CM pilot project shows that advanced air barrier technologies can reduce the average air leakage rate, saving money on heating and cooling costs and improving the building envelope airtightness.
Tenants and landlords often have competing incentives for efficiency practices, but Ulta Beauty has broken through this barrier with its industry-leading rooftop unit guidelines that benefit both tenant and landlord.
Hackensack University Medical Center partnered with an energy advisory firm to implement a real-time, web-based metering and monitoring system. In addition to up-front energy savings, the system also helped the plant predict needed cooling and heating loads.
Metrus Energy reaches efficiency-as-a-service deal to upgrade HVAC, building automation, hot water controls, and interior lighting at Jack Hebrew Academy with support from Pennsylvania's Green Enegy Loan Fund.
Metrus Energy will save Parrish Medical Center nearly $830,000 annually through energy and water efficiency upgrades using efficiency-as-a-service through an Effiency Services Agreement (ESA).
The Atlanta Better Buildings Challenge convened a focus group of building owners around engaging occupants in energy efficiency, resulting in 5 key conclusions that identified opportunities for improved education and new tenant engagement approaches.
Legacy Health enrolled in Energy Trust of Oregon’s commercial Strategic Energy Management (SEM) Initiative for assistance in establishing a culture around energy savings at its facilities.
Efficiency upgrades often focus on improvements at one site due to the upfront costs required to finance a project. Citi and Metrus Energy developed a multi-site, multi-state Efficiency Service Agreement (ESA) that allows customers to implement projects with no upfront capital expenditure, demonstrating how ESAs can achieve scale.
The City of Milwaukee’s three-pronged business and community engagement strategy includes incentives, education and outreach, and recognition to encourage local businesses and K-12 schools to join BBC-MKE and implement energy efficiency projects in their buildings.
By upgrading the dipperwells at its 24-hour restaurants, Shari’s Café & Pies achieved an average 35% reduction in total water use, with some restaurants achieving as much as 50%.
Steelcase developed a custom lighting commission which yields $185,000 in annual cost savings and reduces energy consumption by 65% while preserving production standards.
The Community College of Allegheny County issued a request for qualifications (RFQ) for their new 90,000-square-foot Workforce Development and Training Center, which will feature smart classrooms, laboratories, and multi-use spaces. The RFQ includes specifications for constructing the center as a Net Zero Energy (NZE) facility.
Loews Hotels developed a Score Card tool to evaluate physical and operational performance across their building portfolio. This tool provides accountability for the engineering staff, who are tasked with meeting the company’s corporate sustainability goals, and helps direct capital investment in renovations and upgrades.
Combined heat and power (CHP), or "cogeneration," provides a cost-effective, near-term approach to generating onsite electric power and useful thermal energy from a single fuel source. Use this DOE database of nationwide CHP installations to evaluate this option for your building.
Financed by Hannon Armstrong, this $500,000 project in Pensacola, FL, included upgrades to the outpatient facility’s windows and roof that will allow it to resist hurricane-force winds while improving energy performance.
More than 200 CHP Project Profiles compiled by DOE's CHP Technical Assistance Partnerships (TAPs) can be searched by a variety of characteristics in this database.
To improve the city’s energy management process, Boston implemented a programmatic overhaul, including a blend of in-house and outsourced strategies, to optimize how energy data was collected, analyzed, and reported.
A recent report released by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) explores currently available AFDD technologies for commercial buildings. AFDD, or Automated Fault Detection and Diagnostics, is a growing family of technologies that are increasingly being adopted in many commercial building sectors.
In the face of limited budget and staff, The State of Montana created a virtual technical assistant tool to help state and local practitioners of energy savings perforance contracting (ESPC). The tool includes step-by-step instructions for implementing ESPC, links to needed resources, and other guidance.
Seattle's Pacific Tower installed a new luminaire level lighting control system with adjustable fixtures and integrated occupancy sensors. As a result of this upgrade, Pacific Tower was able to cut energy use by 80% compared to the old system.
Wendy's Smart Family of Designs tool provides a portfolio of development options to franchisees, including buildings that fit into smaller footprints, resulting in more access to real estate, the ability to customize needs for specific trade areas, and reduce the development investment for franchisees looking to build new restaurants.
Gundersen Health's Sparta Clinic consumes half the energy than the average outpatient medical clinic due to its low-energy design that targets energy efficiency and integration of renewables. As of 2018, the solar photovoltaic panels have produced more energy than the building has consumed establishing the clinic as an energy independent facility.
This tool helps municipalities determine if an LED conversion is feasible. It identifies the advantages (and/or disadvantages) of changing street light ownership structure by estimating the cost over time for purchasing a utility-owned street lighting system and converting it to LED energy-efficient lighting.