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March 2013

Inside this edition:

Mark Your Calendars!
Better Buildings Updates and Opportunities
Project Team Highlights
Member Highlights
Featured News and Resources

Mark Your Calendars!

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2012 Efficiency Forum at NREL.

2013 Efficiency Forum
The 2013 Efficiency Forum will be held May 29-30, 2013, at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colorado. Please register by April 30, 2013 if you plan to attend.

Better Buildings Updates and Opportunities

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The Better Buildings Initiative - New Ways to Partner with DOE
In February 2011, President Obama announced the Better Buildings Initiative to make commercial and industrial buildings 20 percent more energy efficient by 2020 and accelerate private sector investment in energy efficiency. To meet this aggressive goal, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has many efforts underway including the Better Buildings Alliance and the Better Buildings Challenge. These efforts engage the public and private sectors in different ways to help drive energy efficiency in our nation's commercial buildings.

The Better Buildings Alliance (formerly the Commercial Buildings Energy Alliance) is an affiliation of more than 200 member organizations developing and deploying innovative, cost-effective, energy-saving solutions. Check out the 2012 Annual Report to view accomplishments across each of the project teams and learn what's on deck for 2013. Members who commit to increased transparency and a 20 percent or greater energy efficiency improvement goal are also eligible to earn recognition through the Better Buildings Challenge.

The Better Buildings Challenge is a Presidential leadership initiative that calls on chief executive officers, university presidents, and state and local leaders to significantly reduce their portfolio-wide energy use and share the results of their energy reduction strategies. More than 110 organizations, representing more than two billion square feet of building space and almost $2 billion in financial commitments, currently partner with DOE in the program. DOE is working to recognize and profile Better Buildings Challenge partners as they bring replicable, scalable solutions to the marketplace. For a list of partners and their progress to date, please visit www.energy.gov/betterbuildingschallenge.

Better Buildings Alliance: Steering Committee Nominations
The Better Buildings Alliance is now accepting nominations for 2013-2014 Steering Committee members and Committee Chairs for each sector. To nominate an individual, please email your selections to BBA@ee.doe.gov by May 15, 2013. Members can nominate themselves or others. Final selections will be compiled across the alliance, and voting will take place in person at the Efficiency Forum and online via email.

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Project Team Highlights

Lighting and Electrical Project Team - LEEP Campaign Update
The goal of the Lighting Energy Efficiency in Parking (LEEP) Campaign is to drive energy savings in parking lots and parking garages. Often overlooked, these spaces offer large potential for cost-effective commercial building energy savings. As of March 2013, more than 60 organizations that own or manage parking sites have joined the LEEP Campaign. Collectively, these organizations have installed high efficiency lighting in 65 million square feet of parking structure or lot space! Join by visiting www.leepcampaign.org.*

*The LEEP Campaign is organized by the Building Owners and Managers Association, the International Facility Management Association, and the Green Parking Council, with technical support from the Better Buildings Alliance Lighting and Electrical Project Team.

Energy Information Systems (EIS) Project Team - Making the Business Case for Energy Information Systems
Do you own or manage a building that uses an EIS to collect, analyze, and display building energy information and meter data? If so, you are invited to participate in a new EIS study. By participating, you will have access to DOE technical expertise and the study will highlight your organization's success in continuous energy management. The purpose of the study is two-fold:
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EIS showing time series data of whole-building electric loads, submetered end use loads.

1. Build the business case for the adoption of EIS by conducting an investigation of technology costs and benefits.
2. Develop standard terminology for the broader family of EIS technologies.
To participate, please contact Andres Potes at andrespotes@waypointbuilding.com to schedule an introductory call.

Food Service Project Team
To understand and improve the energy performance of food service buildings, the Food Service Project Team is focusing on two key projects this year:

1. Developing a guidance package on Energy Management Systems (EMS) tailored to food service facilities.
2. Working with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to develop an energy performance rating scale for food service buildings within the ENERGY STAR® measurement and tracking tool, Portfolio Manager, which may result in food service buildings becoming eligible for ENERGY STAR recognition.
The EMS package will contain: (1) guidance for both chain and independent restaurants, (2) case studies, and (3) a database of EMS vendors who have served the food service industry or offer products that appear compatible with restaurant energy management needs.

On February 1, 2013, the Food Service Project Team held an in-person meeting in Chicago, Illinois, to initiate the development of an energy use survey for the restaurant industry, the results of which would be used by EPA to develop an ENERGY STAR score and certification for restaurants. Along with representatives from national restaurant organizations, representatives from Pacific Gas & Electric's Food Service Technology Center, the Restaurant Facility Management Association, and the National Restaurant Association are supporting this effort. The ENERGY STAR score will allow restaurants to compare their energy performance against that of their peers using a simple 1-100 rating scale, and will supplement the metrics already available to restaurants within EPA's ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager energy benchmarking tool.

If successful, this effort will allow restaurants to use Portfolio Manager benchmarking to understand how the energy consumption of their stores compares to the industry average on a national basis, and may allow restaurants to earn ENERGY STAR certification.

Along with these two priorities for 2013, the team works on other initiatives and continues to search for additional opportunities to improve the energy efficiency of food service operations. Alliance members who are interested in joining the Food Service Project Team or in receiving more information may contact team lead Richard Shandross at Richard.Shandross@navigant.com.

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Member Highlights

Welcome New Alliance Members!
Please welcome Red Robin Gourmet Burgers and the University of Colorado Boulder (CU Boulder).
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University of Colorado at Boulder campus.

New Higher Education Member: CU Boulder
CU Boulder joined the Better Buildings Alliance in October 2012 and is a member of the Laboratories Project Team. The university recently co-facilitated a webinar on laboratory-freezer energy efficiency measures. One successful effort on campus is the Lab Eco Leader Program. There are approximately 400 labs on campus and about one-third of the labs participate by designating staff to encourage lab efficiency.

Member Spotlight: Beaumont Health System and Jones Lang Lasalle
Beaumont Health System and Jones Lang Lasalle (JLL) are partnering to lead Beaumont towards a sustainable energy and resource-use future. Beaumont joined the Better Buildings Alliance to benefit from the technology and market solutions expertise that DOE and the national labs bring to bear. Beaumont and JLL have embarked on sustainability initiatives and innovative approaches to employee engagement that are helping them achieve energy savings and change the hospital culture. Beaumont and JLL have decided to give back to the healthcare sector by sharing six case studies highlighting best practices and procedures successfully used across Beaumont's 38-building, 8.25 million square foot portfolio:

New LED Technology Slashes Electricity Use
Kaizens Help Beaumont Achieve Hundreds of Thousands in Savings Yearly
Beaumont and Jones Lang LaSalle Join Forces in the Hospital Energy Alliance
Five Steps to an Award-winning Green Program with Beaumont
Beaumont and Jones Lang LaSalle Meet Healthier Hospital Initiative Challenges
Beaumont's Journey to LEED

The case studies are currently available upon request. Interested parties can contact Kay Winokur of Beaumont at Kay.Winokur@beaumont.edu or Thomas Miroslaw of JLL at Thomas.Miroslaw@am.jll.com.

Beaumont Green Team leaders have also been recognized publicly with the 101 Best and Brightest Sustainable Companies award and the 2012 Michigan Green Leader award.

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Featured News and Resources

ENERGY STAR "Share Your Story" Recognition Opportunity
Organizations that are using ENERGY STAR certified commercial food service equipment are encouraged to share their story using the ENERGY STAR Share Your Story submission form.

For sharing a story, EPA will send an ENERGY STAR Certificate of Recognition and help your company communicate the recognition via your website, press releases, or other vehicles (e.g., Facebook, Twitter). The form requests a 300-500 word story for the ENERGY STAR website. If you have questions, contact commercialfoodservice@energystar.gov.

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ENERGY STAR Facebook page.

Green Leasing Case Studies
The Market Solutions Project Team recently worked with the Institute for Market Transformation and the Energy Efficiency Buildings Hub to publish two case studies of organizations that are implementing green leasing strategies. The first case study highlights how Brandywine Realty Trust uses an energy-aligned lease clause to pass costs through to tenants and overcome the split incentive barrier. The second case study showcases the Pyramid Company's strategy of promoting efficiency in tenant spaces by requiring shopping center tenants to certify their spaces with LEED-CI. These case studies are available in the Green Lease Library.

Refrigeration Commissioning Guide Draft Released
The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), with support from DOE, is developing a Refrigeration Commissioning Guide. Commissioning of refrigeration systems can help achieve sustainable design and operations, improve life-cycle cost effectiveness, minimize overall maintenance costs and utility costs, increase reliability and equipment life, and ensure the systems meet performance expectations. This guide will provide information on commissioning of commercial and light industrial refrigeration systems, with a focus on supermarket refrigeration. The guide is targeted to designers, installers, and owners of refrigeration systems and will cover commissioning through all phases of a project: design and planning, construction and installation, start-up, and the first year of operation.

A first draft of the guide has recently completed a targeted industry peer review. The committee is now reviewing the input received and will make changes to the document based on that input. A second targeted peer review will be conducted in late spring/early summer. If you would like to be included on the peer review list, please email Lilas Pratt, ASHRAE, at lpratt@ashrae.org.

Guide for Retrofitting of Open Refrigerated Display Cases
The Refrigeration Project Team has been investigating case door retrofit technology and the potential that it offers food retail store operators. In November 2012, the Refrigeration Project Team published a Guide for the Retrofitting of Open Refrigerated Display Cases with Doors. Read the guide for open case retrofits here. The team held a webinar in February 2013 with speakers from Target Corporation and REMIS America, a company that designs, manufactures, and installs case retrofit kits. For more information, contact Bill Goetzler, the refrigeration project team lead, at wgoetzler@navigant.com.

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Send Us Your News and Ideas

DOE welcomes your feedback, as well as information about alliance members, your energy-related news, news articles that have been published, and topic suggestions for future issues. Please send news and ideas to BBA@ee.doe.gov.