Implementing this list of best practices prior to engaging a tenant about sustainability will increase the likelihood of success and foster a sustainable relationship between tenants and landlords. As a contractual agreement between tenant and landlord, the lease can serve as a powerful mechanism to help increase the energy efficiency and sustainability of your building portfolio.
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This guide provides an overview of the different energy audit options available and information on how to select an energy auditor.
This Fact Sheet provides an overview of the Better Buildings Workforce Guidelines project. The Department of Energy (DOE) and the National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) are working with industry stakeholders to develop voluntary national guidelines that will improve the quality and consistency of commercial building workforce training and certification programs for five key energy-related jobs.
While the availability of “big data” about building energy performance is increasing in response to market demands and public policies, the lack of standard data formats is a significant ongoing barrier to its full utilization. To overcome this barrier, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) developed the Building Energy Data Exchange Specification (BEDES).
BEDES is designed to enable the exchange, comparison, and combination of empirical information by providing common terms and definitions for data about commercial and residential building’s physical and operational characteristics, energy use, and efficiency measures.
This paper describes the BEDES development process, scope, structure, and plans for implementation and ongoing updates.
The goal of the study was to determine the extent to which empirical evidence gathered via existing studies demonstrates that efficiency contributes to better financial performance.
Over 50 relevant studies from the market were reviewed and compiled into this summary.
While this review originally sought to cover all research on energy efficiency and financial performance, the final product focuses on “green labeled” buildings. The majority of research to date uses LEED or ENERGY STAR certifications as the means of distinguishing between efficient or sustainable buildings and conventional buildings. Specific energy efficiency measures, while proven to result in energy cost savings, have not yet been extensively evaluated for broader impacts.
This study does not represent new analysis conducted by DOE. It is a comprehensive survey and summary of the current body of research on the impacts of green labels on key components of commercial buildings’ operating statements. It does not exclude any studies or evaluate the quality of analysis.
Input basic project information to determine which external financing mechanisms might be well-suited as well as calculate common finance metrics. This calculator is a Microsoft Excel workbook. Find more detail on each external financing mechanism in the External Financing Guide from the Retail Industry Leader's Association (RILA) at: https://www.rila.org/sustainability/RetailEnergyManagementProgram/Pages/...
This report highlights the funding opportunities available to rural communities and small buildings. Most of these communities qualify for USDA programs and these incentives and grants can be used to make rural communities more efficient.
This guide is intended to help energy managers and finance professionals at retail companies understand how to use external financing for energy projects. An external financing mechanism exists for nearly any company’s project and risk preferences. There is external financing for big and small projects, individual or portfolio-wide. There are financing mechanisms that are very safe but limit reward, and there are some that require more risk but offer greater potential value. Facilities, operations, or sustainability managers who haven’t ever utilized external financing should explore the viability of the mechanisms described in this guide to fund future energy projects.
Other related resources available on the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) website at: https://www.rila.org/sustainability/RetailEnergyManagementProgram/Pages/...
This eLearning contains two financing modules - Finance 101: Understanding the CFO and Translating Metrics, and Finance 201: Innovative and Alternative Options. Created for retail energy and sustainability professionals, these trainings provide insights relevant across sectors and roles for professionals at all levels of financial literacy. Both are designed to meet the requirements of several professional accreditations’ continuing education programs by providing optional graded assessments and completion certificates.
The following market analysis examines the current landscape for building owners and lenders seeking to integrate energy efficiency and utility savings into building assessments and retrofit plans, and to utilize the data to enhance traditional loans. It examines real properties that successfully utilize existing programs to help building owners account for energy efficiency during mortgage underwriting, and offers guidelines for the mortgage lending community and building owners on how to roll energy efficiency retrofits into traditional mortgages in an effective and seamless manner.