Better Buildings Alliance technology campaigns, led by DOE’s National Labs, aim to accelerate the adoption of efficient building technologies by providing technical assistance, resources, and guidance on implementation best practices. In 2018, participants reported energy savings of more than 6 trillion BTUs and cost savings of more than $200 million from interior lighting improvements, HVAC rooftop unit replacements and retrofits, and the use of energy management systems.
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The ILC is expanding its focus area from interior lighting improvements to the integration of new uses for energy-efficient lighting with linking controls between HVAC units, plug loads, and occupancy sensors. Participants have planned or completed more than 3.5 million high efficiency lighting system upgrades or new installations, contributing to expected savings of $84 million annually and nearly 800 million kWh.
The SEA Campaign drives the use of EMIS technologies and ongoing monitoring practices using sophisticated software applied to everyday building operations. Facility managers, energy managers, and building operators are collaborating with utilities, product and service providers. Participants have saved 790 billion BTUs and $18 million annually through EMIS, fault detection and diagnostics, and automated system optimization projects.
The Advanced RTU Campaign encourages the replacement or retrofit of old RTUs with more efficient units with advanced controls. By taking action, building owners can save money, improve energy efficiency and occupant comfort, and help the environment. More than 350 participants have impacted 160,000 RTUs, saving $110 million and more than 1 billion kWh annually.
LEEP enabled facility owners and managers to take advantage of savings opportunities from high-efficiency parking lighting solutions. The campaign developed a specification for lighting technology that cut energy costs up to 70% and maintenance costs up to 90%. Participants saved $24 million (nearly 230 million kWh annually), deferring the energy usage equivalent of 21,000 homes.