OPTIONS TO FINANCE
The U.S. Department of Energy
(DOE) has introduced a new,
web-based financing navigator
to help private and public sector
organizations discover financing solutions for energy efficiency projects. Limited financing
options are cited as a major barrier to energy efficiency. Through
the Better Buildings Financing
Navigator, building owners, FMs
and energy managers can connect with financiers, including
banks and financial institutions.
KNOW A GOOD ONLINE RESOURCE? LET THE BUILDINGS STAFF KNOW ABOUT IT FOR A FUTURE FM TOOLBOX.
FREE ONLINE TOOLS AND RESOURCES TO IMPROVE FACILITY COSTS AND EFFICIENCY
GO TO www.BUILDINGS.com/toolbox, WHERE YOU WILL FIND LINKS TO THESE AND OTHER RESOURCES.
The Whole Building Design
Guide is the only web-based
portal providing industry and
government practitioners with
one-stop access to up-to-date
information on a wide range of
building-related guidance, criteria
and technology from a 'whole
buildings' perspective. Currently
organized into three major categories: Project Management,
Operations & Maintenance and
Design Guidance. At the heart of
the WBDG are Resource Pages,
reductive summaries on particular topics. wbdg.org
OF LED LIGHTING
DOE established the CALiPER
program to provide accurate and
comparable data on LED products by independent testing of
commercially available products.
CALiPER qualifies laboratories
to perform testing. A recent
report provides a snapshot of
LED industrial luminaires. Other
snapshot reports address LED
downlights, troffers and outdoor
lighting as well as resources on
power over Ethernet (PoE) lighting.
Property owners across the
U.S. are using PACE (Property
Assessed Clean Energy) to save
money and increase the value
of their buildings. PACE pays for
100% of costs and is repaid for
up to 20 years with an assessment to the property’s tax bill.
PACE financing stays with the
building upon sale. It can pay
for new heating and cooling systems, lighting, solar panels, water
pumps and insulation.