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1 ENERGY STAR for Schools Katy Hatcher ENERGY STAR National Manager, Public Sector US EPA September 2009

2 What is ENERGY STAR? A government-backed, voluntary program that helps businesses and individuals protect the environment through superior energy performance by providing energy-efficient solutions for homes, businesses, and institutions. The national symbol for environmental protection through energy efficiency, recognized by more than 75% of all U.S. households.


4 What is ENERGY STAR for Commercial Buildings? U.S. Environmental Protection Agency energy management program. Offers proven solutions to help building owners and managers reduce energy consumption. Program for new construction and existing buildings. Works in markets with a focus on: –Commercial property (offices, retail, hotels) –Public sector (government, K-12, higher ed) –Healthcare –Small business and congregations

5 Opportunities in Buildings Commercial buildings and industrial facilities generate about 50 percent of U.S. carbon dioxide emissions. 30 percent of energy consumed in commercial and industrial buildings is wasted. Energy costs represent a typical school districts second largest operating expense, after salaries more than the cost of computers and textbooks combined. Reductions of 10 percent in energy use can be possible with little or no cost.

6 K-12 Schools and ENERGY STAR EPA challenges school districts across the United States to save 30% through ENERGY STAR –Nearly 2,000 K-12 buildings have earned the ENERGY STAR –58 (out of 70 total) school districts have been recognized by EPA for saving 10% to 40% district- wide –More than 16,000 K-12 school facilities have been benchmarked in ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager 6

7 Located in Pennsylvania Across the districts 17 facilities –More than 6,000 tons of CO 2 emissions have been avoided –Electricity use has been reduced by 7.7 million kilowatt hours –More than $2.5 million saved in just 2 years Council Rock School District ENERGY STAR Leaders Recognition 20% Improvement (2007) 30% Improvement (2007)

8 Located in Nashville, NC 29 separate sites –20 ENERGY STAR labeled schools Portfolio average ENERGY STAR rating over 75 –Cost Avoidance Savings -- $3,159,819 –KWH Reduction 21,742,044 Nash-Rocky Mount ENERGY STAR Leaders Recognition 10% Improvement (2006) 20% Improvement (2006) Top Performer (2007)

9 Located in Wisconsin Across the districts 5 facilities –Energy use and cost reduced by 20% –Savings of over $927,000 over 2003 baseline –Average rating over 75; 4 out of 5 earned ENERGY STAR in 2007 Whitefish Bay School District ENERGY STAR Leaders Recognition Top Performer (2008) 20% Improvement (2008)

10 Standardized Measurement Enables Energy Efficiency Strategy Monitoring progress as organizations manage energy better Verify Energy Use in operation Estimate Energy Use at Design Standardized metrics enables strategies, consistency

11 Key ENERGY STAR Tools ENERGY STAR Guidelines for Energy Management Target Finder – New Buildings Portfolio Manager – Existing Buildings Building Upgrade Manual – How to Improve Lots of wed-based training available

12 ENERGY STAR Guidelines for Energy Management A roadmap to help partners – 6 Key Steps: - Develop tracking, evaluation, and reporting plan - Establish baselines - Conduct benchmarking - Track energy use, emissions, and savings - Estimate impacts - Report progress - Revise program based on results, as appropriate

13 Fuel Efficiency MPG Is 60 MPG high or low for an automobile? Statement of Energy Performance EPA Rating Is 80 kBtu/SF/YR high or low for a building? Rating System for Buildings

14 Space Types Eligible for the Performance Rating System HospitalsRetailOffice BuildingsHotels Medical Office Buildings Waste Water Treatment Plants CourthousesFinancial Centers Warehouses Residence HallsSupermarketsSchools

15 ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager Free on-line benchmarking tool for all commercial buildings Track energy use –Weather normalized source EUI –National average comparisons –Comparison to custom baselines –Energy performance ratings (for selected spaces) Track energy costs, upgrades, and investment cost Track carbon emissions Track water consumption Customized dashboard and data sharing Apply for ENERGY STAR recognition

16 Assess Performance for Strategic Energy Management 1.Identify best opportunities for savings 2.Track progress over time 3.Verify savings from upgrade efforts

17 1. Identify Best Opportunities for Energy Efficiency Improvements Identify under-performing buildings to target for energy efficiency improvements. Estabish baselines to set goals and measure progress

18 2. Track Progress Over Time Set a baseline and monitor energy efficiency improvements over time View percent improvement in weather-normalized energy use intensity. Track reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. Monitor energy and water costs

19 3. Verify Savings Results Provide transparency and accountability to help demonstrate strategic use of capital improvement funding. Quickly and accurately demonstrate savings for an individual building or entire portfolio: –Energy use –GHG emissions –Water use –Energy costs

20 Portfolio Manager Four Simple Steps 1. Create/edit a Portfolio Manager account 2. Add/edit a property 3. Add/edit a space 4. Add/edit energy meters

21 Address Zip Code for weather normalization Energy Consumption 12 consecutive months for each source Space Type Data Square footage High School (Y/N) Open On Weekends (Y/N) Number of Walk-in Refrigeration Units Number of Months in Operation (Optional) Number of Personal Computers Percent of Floor Area Heated and Cooled Presence of On-Site Cooking Facilities Data for K-12 Schools

22 Automated Data Options: ABS Utilities can provide energy data directly into Portfolio Manager Energy Services Companies can host data from Portfolio Manager in their own software for customers

23 Utility Supported ABS Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E) –Automated Benchmarking Program began in 2007 –Launched the More Than a Million initiative, which was designed to reach building owners and property management firms with fleets of buildings capable of implementing 1 MW of demand savings –In 2007 alone, these efforts resulted in more than 900 benchmarked buildings –More at Commonwealth Edison –Benchmarking support began by providing spreadsheets of energy use data on a regular basis to its customers upon request, which could be used for manual data entry or Upload Template creation. –Launched in June 2008, ComEd is now offering its commercial customers ABS data feeds for free. –Today, over 230 building managers are benchmarking more than 560 buildings –More at

24 ABS Providers (as of 6/18/09) Advantage IQ LPB Energy Consulting Pacific Gas & Electric The E Group New Energy Technology Cadence Network (now part of Advantage IQ) Performance Systems Development Good Steward Software (EnergyCAP & GreenQuest) Siemens Energy Watchdog Johnson Controls Ei3 Energy Solve NorthWrite IBS, Inc Summit Energy

25 How to Improve? Building Upgrade Manual Expanded benchmarking guidance, including benefits, options, and best practices Unique Facility Strategies for K-12 schools, retail stores, hotels/motels, and supermarkets Updated resources, case studies, and savings data

26 Upgrade Manual Contents Managing and Planning Upgrade Projects –Chapter 1: Introduction –Chapter 2: Benchmarking –Chapter 3: Investment Analysis –Chapter 4: Financing

27 5-Staged Approach for Building Upgrades Staged approach for planning upgrades to maximize energy savings: 1.Retrocommissioning (Chapter 5) 2.Lighting (Chapter 6) 3.Supplemental Load Reductions (Chapter 7) 4.Air Distribution Systems (Chapter 8) 5.Heating And Cooling Upgrades (Chapter 9)

28 For More Information Visit: Leslie Cook, US EPA (202) Katy Hatcher, US EPA (202) The Cadmus Group, Inc. (EPA contractor) Julio Rovi Kudret Utebay (703)

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