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The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recognized 19 Better Buildings Challenge partners who achieved their energy productivity goals for 2018 and 26 partners who have set new Challenge goals after meeting their initial goals. Since the start of this voluntary program, Better Buildings Challenge partners together have saved $3.1 billion in energy costs and 380 trillion Btus of energy.
Since the start of the program, more than 65 partners and financial allies have met their energy efficiency, water efficiency, and/or financing goals ahead of schedule. Many of these goal achievers have publicly committed to new Challenge goals, demonstrating that continual energy efficiency improvement is possible even after sizable gains have already been made.
DOE’s Better Buildings Interior Lighting Campaign recognized 15 organizations for leading the way in upgrading their interior lighting and control systems. These partners, along with those recognized in the last two years, have newly installed or upgraded more than 2.8 million lighting fixtures and controls systems – cutting energy use on average by 54% and saving $68 million on energy bills.
DOE recognized Sabey Data Centers for the energy productivity achievements of its Intergate Quincy multi-tenant data center. As a partner in DOE’s Better Buildings Challenge, Sabey committed to improving its energy performance by 20% over a 10-year period, and to sharing the results and strategies with other companies. The company surpassed its original goal of 20% by 2024, improving energy performance across its more than 3 million square feet of data center space by 24% from a 2014 baseline.
The latest Top 10 most-viewed solutions include the Better Buildings Financing Navigator 2.0, tips on how to become a Home Energy Score Certified Assessor™, solutions from the city of Boston and Bullitt County School District, a toolkit on energy data benchmarking, and more. Make sure to check out past Top 10s!
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New Partner Solutions
The following Implementation Models, Showcase Projects, and Solutions at a Glance demonstrate the hard work and innovative thinking of Better Buildings partners. Take advantage of their success and check them out in the Better Buildings Solution Center.
Rockford Housing Authority developed a program, modeled on SEED (STEM, Energy, and Economic Development), to create a culture of energy efficiency through different types of resident programming. As a result, residents consume less energy and are better prepared for STEM-related careers.
Community managers were disengaged from Trinity Management’s effort to reduce portfolio-wide energy consumption due to day-to-day property management responsibilities. Trinity hired a third-party benchmarking provider and trained property managers to monitor energy consumption at their sites.
Jamestown executed a modest capital improvement plan at 799 Market Street which included improvements to increase energy and water efficiency in the building and upgrades to common areas to increase the building’s appeal to technology sector tenants. The project realized 26% in energy savings and $62,000 in annual cost savings.
Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation in San Francisco took advantage of three local rebate programs to implement an extensive energy efficiency scope at Alexander Residence, which covered 98% of the retrofit costs.
Jonathan Rose Companies implemented a boiler upgrade, variable frequency drives, an LED lighting retrofit, low-flow plumbing fixtures and new toilets, ENERGY STAR® appliances, and replaced thru-wall AC sleeves. The result was 30% energy savings.
Through Massachusetts’ Low-Income Energy Affordability Network (LEAN), Jamaica Plains Neighborhood Development Corporation and Peabody Properties secured funding for energy- and water-efficient upgrades, all of which have produced savings at the property.
Located on the main campus of Penn State University, the Computer Building is a 2-story computer facility and data center. It was selected for energy upgrades due to the known potential savings within the facility. The project resulted in 20% energy savings, amounting to $214,000 per year.
Salt Lake City completed a new headquarters for police, fire, and emergency services designed to achieve net zero energy use through building efficiency features and solar panels as well as an offsite, 1-MW solar farm. When the building did not function as designed, the City applied Fault Detection and Diagnostics software to discover several operating inefficiencies and conducted a full retro-commissioning.
St. Peter Manor, originally an orphanage built in the 1800s in Memphis, is a 10-story retirement community with 283 apartments undergoing a renovation that will yield 40% energy savings for Wesley Housing.
The State of Montana created a virtual tool to support state and local practitioners of energy savings performance contracting (ESPC) in the face of limited budget and staff. The resource is available as an online interactive guide and in a customizable template.
September 25, 2018: 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM ET DLC/U.S. DOE Networked Lighting Controls Case Studies: Final Report
The DesignLights Consortium hosts DOE experts as they provide field assessment results from an evaluation of five advanced control lighting systems in five buildings. Results provide data and information that can help energy managers at commercial facilities determine the effectiveness of advanced control lighting system retrofits.
September 26, 2018: 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM ET Field Test Results of New HVAC Technologies
Join the Better Buildings Space Conditioning Technology Research Team to learn about field test results of several new high-performance HVAC technologies like circulator pumps, air scrubbers, and chilled water pump motors.
October 30, 2018: 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM ET Analytics in Commercial Buildings: Second Year Outcomes on Costs, Savings, and Industry Trends from the Smart Energy Analytics Campaign
The Campaign's second year of operation has seen a significant increase in data on how participants are using their energy management and information systems (EMIS), new cost information, and which technologies are seeing increased uptake. Learn about the trends for the continued implementation of EMIS in commercial buildings.
The IREM Global Summit is a networking and education conference for commercial and multifamily property and asset managers at multiple career levels, hosted by the Institute of Real Estate Management. The event features sessions on energy management and the financial value of green certifications.
September 29 – October 3, 2018 WEFTEC: The Water Environment Federation Annual Conference
WEFTEC is the world’s largest annual water quality technical conference and exhibition, providing extensive educational opportunities and access to the field’s most cutting-edge technologies and services. Thousands of water and wastewater professionals attend WEFTEC to learn, network, find out about new products and services, and earn continuing education credits.
The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) focuses its annual conference on effective models, policies, research, collaborations, and transformative actions that advance sustainability in both higher ed and surrounding communities. This year’s theme is “Global Goals: Rising to the Challenge.”
Hosted by the International Institute for Sustainable Laboratories (I2SL), this event features workshops, technical presentations, symposia, roundtable discussions, exhibits, and local tours highlighting the latest in sustainable laboratory, data center, hospital, and related high-tech facility innovations.
October 17-19, 2018 World Energy Engineering Congress (WEEC)
WEEC is the largest energy conference and technology expo in the U.S. specifically for business, industrial, and institutional energy users. Experts in all areas of the field will attend to share and exchange ideas on energy efficiency, facility optimization, and sustainability.
November 14-16, 2018 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo
The U.S. Green Building Council’s annual conference and tradeshow goes to Chicago with a program of workshops, tours, education sessions, and special events for nearly 25,000 expected attendees. The theme for Greenbuild 2018 is “Human by Nature” and explores the intersection of humanity and the built environment.
November 14-16, 2018 NMHC OPTECH Conference and Exposition
OPTECH is the National Multifamily Housing Council’s (NMHC) annual conference and trade show focused on operations and technology. Apartment executives and technology partners will discuss emerging trends in property operations, marketing, technology, sustainability, and communications.
A panel of Better Buildings Challenge K-12 school partners spoke to over 40 attendees at the APPA: Leadership in Educational Facilities annual conference. Presenting on the topic of how energy efficiency fits into the modernization of facilities, the panel featured representatives from Alexandria City Public Schools (Virginia), Fairfax County Public Schools (Virginia), and Anne Arundel County Public Schools (Maryland).
Better Buildings Challenge partners Hackensack Meridian-Health and UW Health joined the Better Buildings Healthcare Subject Matter Expert to present on strategic collaborative partnerships influencing greater energy efficiency.
The Better Buildings Alliance Plug and Process Load Technical Research Team has released an update of its database of utility incentives and rebates for plug load efficiency. This database includes a list of financial and other incentives offered by state and sponsor.
The Better Buildings Alliance and the Institute for Market Transformation (IMT) announced the 2018 Green Lease Leaders at the BOMA International Conference and Expo. This year’s Green Lease Leaders represent over 717 million square feet of commercial, retail, and industrial space; after five years, the cumulative floor area these leaders represent is over 1.8 billion square feet.
The Better Buildings Financing Navigator is an online tool that helps public and private sector organizations find financing solutions for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. DOE released Version 2.0, which features a fresh design, updated market data and insights, and new content on renewable energy financing options.
Earlier this year, Better Plants partner Volvo Group North America held its energy meeting at Oak Ridge National Lab (ORNL), bringing energy management staff from eight manufacturing facilities and six Prevost service centers. ORNL staff scientists introduced the Volvo staff to different programs and reviewed their energy performance reporting activities, as well as leading a tour of the Lab!
A product of the Better Buildings Home Energy Information Accelerator, this document helps readers interested in improving access to home energy information navigate the many resources, lessons learned, and best practices developed through the Accelerator.
This 5-part collection of webinars introduces and explores the Energy Savings Performance Contracting (ESPC) Toolkit, a product of the Better Buildings ESPC Accelerator. The toolkit includes best practices and innovative approaches that states, cities, and K-12 schools have used to establish and implement performance contracting.
Better Buildings Alliance affiliate RILA is offering free training modules focused on Financial Literacy for Retail. There are 2 courses: Finance 101 and Finance 201. Developed with support from Better Buildings and DOE, these e-learnings will help those in the retail sector who want to know more about financing and value as they relate to sustainability.
Better Buildings Residential Network
Archived Peer Exchange Calls
Review past peer exchange calls from the Better Buildings Residential Network. Topics from the summer include: