FM Toolbox

April 18, 2017

Best Online Resources for FMs in 2017

1. Options to Finance Energy Efficiency 

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has introduced a new, web-based financing navigator to help private and public sector organizations discover financing solutions for energy efficiency projects. Limited financing options are cited as a major barrier to energy efficiency. Through the Better Buildings Financing Navigator, building owners, FMs and energy managers can connect with financiers, including banks and financial institutions. 

2. Maximize Efficiency with Whole Building Approach

The Whole Building Design Guide is the only web-based portal providing industry and government practitioners with one-stop access to up-to-date information on a wide range of building-related guidance, criteria and technology from a 'whole buildings' perspective. Currently organized into three major categories: Project Management, Operations & Maintenance and Design Guidance. At the heart of the WBDG are Resource Pages, reductive summaries on particular topics.

3. Compare Ratings of LED Lighting

DOE established the CALiPER program to provide accurate and comparable data on LED products by independent testing of commercially available products. CALiPER qualifies laboratories to perform testing. A recent report provides a snapshot of LED industrial luminaires. Other snapshot reports address LED downlights, troffers and outdoor lighting as well as resources on power over Ethernet (PoE) lighting.

4. Fund Energy Efficiency Through Property Assessments

Property owners across the U.S. are using PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy) to save money and increase the value of their buildings. PACE pays for 100% of costs and is repaid for up to 20 years with an assessment to the property’s tax bill. PACE financing stays with the building upon sale. It can pay for new heating and cooling systems, lighting, solar panels, water pumps and insulation.

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