The online tools and resources below have been selected by the BUILDINGS editorial staff
to help you manage your facility’s efficiency.
To access any resource, go to www.BUILDINGS.com/Toolbox. There you will find live links to
these resources and many other free materials.
90-SECOND VIDEO ON PACE FINANCING
PACE can pay for new heating and cooling systems, lighting improvements, solar panels, water
pumps, insulation, and more for almost any property. Upfront costs can be repaid for up to 20 years
with an assessment added to the property bill.
BEST PRACTICES IN PV SOLAR SYSTEM INSTALLATION
This March 2015 publication from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
reviews installation procedures and contractor best practices help help owners to maximize the
return from deploying PV solar systems.
BIRDS (BUILDING INDUSTRY REPORTING & DESIGN FOR SUSTAINABILITY)
A new tool from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) clarifies the tradeoffs
between long-term savings and upfront costs.
BOMA ENERGY PERFORMANCE CONTRACTING MODEL (BEPC)
This free, downloadable toolkit contains editable template documents, including energy performance contracts, RFQs and RFPs, and investment-grade audits.
ENERGY STAR CASH FLOW OPPORTUNITY CALCULATOR
The CFO calculator helps users answer such questions as how best to finance an energy project and
how to determine how much new equipment can be purchased from anticipated savings.
EPA ENERGY SAVINGS PLUS HEALTH
This resource equips school districts to integrate indoor air quality protections into school
energy efficiency retrofits and other building upgrade projects.
GETTING TO “YES” FOR ENERGY EFFICIENCY
A comprehensive guide to developing a persuasive business case for energy efficiency in
commercial and corporate properties. Includes proven strategies and tips to help FMs jump over
financial and organizational hurdles.
PUBLISHED FINDINGS OF GSA’S GREEN PROVING GROUND PROGRAM
GSA tests new systems and technology across its portfolio, then publishes extensive assessments
that will help you see what works for your facility.
SCOPE 3 SCREENING TOOL FOR GREENHOUSE GASES
This free tool provides a simple interface that allows firms to make a first, rough approximation of
their full Scope 3 (value chain) carbon footprint.
ZERO NET ENERGY TECHNOLOGY APPLICATION GUIDES
This series from the New Buildings Institute focuses on technology applications (indirect evaporative cooling, luminaire level lighting control, etc.) in the pursuit of zero net energy.