The online tools and resources below have been selected by the BUILDINGS editorial staff to help you manage your facility’s efficiency.

 

September 2015

 

ENERGY GUIDE FOR LANDLORDS AND TENANTS
Working Together for Sustainability, a guide from BOMA and the Rocky Mountain Institute, outlines five actionable steps that owners and tenants can take to partner in the shared goal of energy efficiency.
ITEMIZE VALUE OF GREEN BUILDING FEATURES
This tool from the Appraisal Institute helps to analyze the monetary value of green building features. It can also be applied to buildings with standalone sustainability features or those certified by a program such as LEED or ENERGY STAR.
STORMWATER RUNOFF CALCULATOR
This EPA desktop application allows users to estimate the impact of various green infrastructure practices on site stormwater runoff. The tool accesses databases with soil, topography, rainfall, and evaporation information.
BUILDING UPGRADE VALUE CALCULATOR
This tool analyzes the financial value of efficiency-related capital investments in commercial real estate. Users enter square footage, annual utility bill, the projected cost and savings, and financing terms to determine an investment’s energy and financial benefits.
BETTER BUILDINGS SOLUTION CENTER
Better Buildings is a DOE initiative designed to drive leadership in energy innovation by accelerating investment and sharing of successful best practices. A solutions database lists dozens of presentations on energy management topics.
ENERGY GUIDE FOR GROCERY STORES
A new ASHRAE guide, Advanced Energy Design Guide for Grocery Stores, focuses on retail settings of 25,000-65,000 square feet with medium- and low-temperature refrigerated cases and walk-ins. Includes recommendations for facilities in every climate zone.
REVISED STANDARD FOR COMMERCIAL GREEN CLEANING SERVICES
Looking to streamline certification requirements, Green Seal has revised its GS-42 standard for cleaning services. Criteria have been consolidated into purchasing, use, maintenance, training, and communication categories.
GUIDE TO ENERGY PURCHASES THAT REDUCE GHG EMISSIONS
The World Resources Institute has issued a tool that measures emissions from different sources of purchased electricity. It is designed to help companies better understand how decisions about electricity purchasing affect their emissions goals.
OSHA INFORMATION ON PREVENTION OF WORKPLACE VIOLENCE
The Workplace Violence website provides information on the extent of violence in the workplace, assessing the hazards in different settings, and developing workplace violence prevention plans for individual worksites.
DEVELOP A BICYCLE FRIENDLY BUSINESS PROGRAM
The League of American Cyclists offers a blueprint, hands-on assistance, and other resources to develop a bicycle friendly business (BFB) program that enhances facilities while improving workplace wellness and productivity.

August 2015

 

90-SECOND VIDEO ON PACE FINANCING
PACE can pay for new heating and cooling systems, lighting improvements, solar panels, water pumps, insulation, and more for almost any property. Upfront costs can be repaid for up to 20 years with an assessment added to the property bill.
BEST PRACTICES IN PV SOLAR SYSTEM INSTALLATION
This March 2015 publication from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) reviews installation procedures and contractor best practices help help owners to maximize the return from deploying PV solar systems.
BIRDS (BUILDING INDUSTRY REPORTING & DESIGN FOR SUSTAINABILITY) SOFTWARE TOOL
A new tool from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) clarifies the tradeoffs between long-term savings and upfront costs.
BOMA ENERGY PERFORMANCE CONTRACTING MODEL (BEPC)
This free, downloadable toolkit contains editable template documents, including energy performance contracts, RFQs and RFPs, and investment-grade audits.
ENERGY STAR CASH FLOW OPPORTUNITY CALCULATOR
The CFO calculator helps users answer such questions as how best to finance an energy project and how to determine how much new equipment can be purchased from anticipated savings.
EPA ENERGY SAVINGS PLUS HEALTH
This resource equips school districts to integrate indoor air quality protections into school energy efficiency retrofits and other building upgrade projects.
GETTING TO “YES” FOR ENERGY EFFICIENCY
A comprehensive guide to developing a persuasive business case for energy efficiency in commercial and corporate properties. Includes proven strategies and tips to help FMs jump over financial and organizational hurdles.
PUBLISHED FINDINGS OF GSA’S GREEN PROVING GROUND PROGRAM
GSA tests new systems and technology across its portfolio, then publishes extensive assessments that will help you see what works for your facility.
SCOPE 3 SCREENING TOOL FOR GREENHOUSE GASES
This free tool provides a simple interface that allows firms to make a first, rough approximation of their full Scope 3 (value chain) carbon footprint.
ZERO NET ENERGY TECHNOLOGY APPLICATION GUIDES
This series from the New Buildings Institute focuses on technology applications (indirect evaporative cooling, luminaire level lighting control, etc.) in the pursuit of zero net energy.