Resources for Improving Your Building’s Performance
Now that you’ve benchmarked, here are some resources for how to reduce your energy and water use.
- U.S. Department of Energy Commercial Buildings Resource Database
- Building Re-tuning – A Low-cost Path to Energy Efficiency and Cost Savings
- Optimize Your Building Performance – How to Choose the Right Energy Management System for Your Portfolio
- Recommended Steps to Save Energy and Improve Building Performance
- 7 Steps to an Energy-Efficient Apartment
- Building Technologies Progam – A Guide to Building Commissioning
- BIT Building Tool –BIT Building was created by a group of real estate and facility management professionals seeking to develop a building performance improvement program for existing buildings that would enable all types of property owners and operators to understand and adopt high-performance best practices.
Utility Rebates & Incentives
Did you know that utilities often offer incentives and rebates for energy and water efficiency upgrades? Check them out. Talk to your energy service provider or building operator to make sure you maximize these savings opportunities.
- Georgia Power Commercial Rebates and Incentives
- Georgia Power Commercial Energy Efficiency Program
- Georgia Power ENERGY STAR Audit
- Georgia Power ASHRAE Level 2 Energy Audit
- Diverted Water Program –The Diverted Water Program provides a method by which customers can earn credit for the amount of water used that isn’t returned to the sewer. Water can leave a customer’s business as part of a product, it can be evaporated through a cooling tower, or it can be used for irrigation. The Diverted Water Program helps ensure that customers aren’t billed for a service (sewage treatment) they aren’t using.
- Low-flow WaterSense Toilet Rebates –Eligible customers may apply for a $50 or $100 rebate on WaterSense certified toilets. WaterSense labeled toilets only use an average of 1.28 gallons of water per flush or less and have passed rigorous testing standards.
Third Party Benchmarking & Auditing Services
Looking for a 3rd party provider to input data, manage your energy portfolio, and send your benchmarking submission for compliance? The EPA provides a (partial) listing of service providers here.
Use this guide to support compliance with the audit requirement.
The Atlanta Better Buildings Challenge
By joining the Atlanta Better Buildings Challenge, building owners and managers pledge to save energy and water 20% by 2020 in their selected buildings. The Atlanta BBC team works with the owners of these buildings to provide incentives such as free building assessments, education, and training courses, access to project financing opportunities and more. There are no fees associated with participation in the Atlanta BBC, nor are there third-party certification requirements (LEED, Energy Star, etc.)
To sign-up or to receive more information, contact:
Joe Winslow, Sr. Project Manager
Better Buildings Financing Navigator
The Navigator is an online tool that helps public and private sector organizations find financing solutions for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects.
Developed by the US Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Initiative, the Navigator helps users explore a wide array of financing choices and identify relevant financing options for their energy projects. Through the Navigator, users can also connect to the larger Better Buildings Challenge Financial Ally community, which includes banks and lenders that are committed to making bold financial investments in efficiency and renewables and are actively pursuing new opportunities to finance projects. The Navigator is designed for anyone who wants to access financing for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects or learn more about the marketplace in general, including building owners, facility and energy managers, sustainability directors, executives, contractors, consultants, brokers, researchers, and other decision-makers.