The following resources offer proven strategies for superior energy management. With tools and resources available for each step of the way, organizations can improve energy and financial performance and distinguish itself as an environmental leader.
Whether you own or manage one facility or an entire portfolio, you can add value by saving energy. The following is a list of "go-to" resources for increasing building energy efficiency.
8 Go-To Commercial Building Energy Efficiency Resources
- The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)
- ANSI/ASHRAE/IES Standard 90.1-2013
- ENERGY STAR
- BOMA - Building Owners & Managers Association
- ARC - Advanced RTU Campaign
- Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP)
- Florida Building Code 5th Edition
- Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC)
Commercial Building Energy Efficiency Resources:
- The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) advances building energy performance through the development and promotion of efficient, affordable, and high impact technologies, systems, and practices. The long-term goal of the Building Technologies Office is to reduce energy use by 50%, compared to a 2010 baseline. To secure these savings, research, development, demonstration, and deployment of next-generation building technologies are needed to advance building systems and components that are cost-competitive in the market. DOE develops, demonstrates, and deploys a suite of cost‐effective technologies, tools, solutions, best practices, and case studies to support energy efficiency improvements in commercial buildings. DOE also spearheads the Better Buildings Challenge, a public-private partnership committed to a 20% reduction in commercial building energy use by 2020.
- ANSI/ASHRAE/IES Standard 90.1-2013 -- Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings. Standard 90.1 has been a benchmark for commercial building energy codes in the United States and a key basis for codes and standards around the world for more than 35 years.
- ENERGY STAR is a voluntary U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) program that delivers environmental benefits and financial value through superior energy efficiency. By certifying top-performing products, homes, and buildings, ENERGY STAR helps us all make energy-efficient choices.
- The BOMA Energy Performance Contracting Model (BEPC) provides a conceptual framework and supporting template documents to help private building owners/operators develop and execute investment-grade energy efficiency retrofits. It gives building owners and service providers a new starting point from which to navigate through the complexities of an energy performance contract. It is also designed to provide transparency on pricing and performance expectations and to give building owners a high degree of confidence that the project will meet the stated goals. It is financing agnostic - the model works will all possible funding sources, including Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) programs, funding provided through an ESCO or third party, or self-financing.
- ARC is a recognition and guidance program designed to encourage building owners and operators to take advantage of savings opportunities from high efficiency RTUs. This effort is a collaboration between ASHRAE and RILA, with the U.S. Department of Energy providing technical support to Campaign participants (through the Better Buildings Alliance and the Federal Energy Management Program). Organizations that do not directly own or manage buildings are encouraged to join the Campaign as supporting partners.
- The U.S. Department of Energy's Federal Energy Management Program works with key individuals to accomplish energy change within organizations by bringing expertise from all levels of project and policy implementation to enable federal agencies to meet energy-related goals and provide energy leadership to the country.
- Florida Building Code 5th Edition. Energy cost savings for Florida resulting from the state updating its commercial and residential building energy codes in accordance with federal law are significant, estimated to be on the order of nearly $720 million annually by 2030.
- The Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC)—a research institute of the University of Central Florida (UCF)—was created by the Florida Legislature in 1975 to serve as the state’s energy research institute. The main responsibilities of the center are to conduct research, test and certify solar systems, and develop education programs. As Florida's energy research institute — with a 35-year history of unique expertise, experience and infrastructure — we are leading research and development efforts to bring our vision of Energy Independence to fruition.
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