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, where you will find live links to
these and many other resources.
ENERGY GUIDE FOR LANDLORDS AND TENANTS
Working Together for Sustainability, a guide from BOMA and the Rocky Mountain Institute, outlines five
actionable steps that owners and tenants can take to partner in the shared goal of energy efficiency.
ITEMIZE VALUE OF GREEN BUILDING FEATURES
This tool from the Appraisal Institute helps to analyze the monetary value of green building features. It can also be applied to buildings with standalone sustainability features or those certified by
a program such as LEED or ENERGY STAR.
STORMWATER RUNOFF CALCULATOR
This EPA desktop application allows users to estimate the impact of various green infrastructure
practices on site stormwater runoff. The tool accesses databases with soil, topography, rainfall, and
BUILDING UPGRADE VALUE CALCULATOR
This tool analyzes the financial value of efficiency-related capital investments in commercial real
estate. Users enter square footage, annual utility bill, the projected cost and savings, and financing
terms to determine an investment’s energy and financial benefits.
BETTER BUILDINGS SOLUTION CENTER
Better Buildings is a DOE initiative designed to drive leadership in energy innovation by accelerating
investment and sharing of successful best practices. A solutions database lists dozens of presentations on energy management topics.
ENERGY GUIDE FOR GROCERY STORES
A new ASHRAE guide, Advanced Energy Design Guide for Grocery Stores, focuses on retail settings
of 25,000-65,000 square feet with medium- and low-temperature refrigerated cases and walk-ins.
Includes recommendations for facilities in every climate zone.
REVISED STANDARD FOR COMMERCIAL GREEN CLEANING SERVICES
Looking to streamline certification requirements, Green Seal has revised its GS- 42 standard for
cleaning services. Criteria have been consolidated into purchasing, use, maintenance, training, and
GUIDE TO ENERGY PURCHASES THAT REDUCE GHG EMISSIONS
The World Resources Institute has issued a tool that measures emissions from different sources of
purchased electricity. It is designed to help companies better understand how decisions about electricity purchasing affect their emissions goals.
OSHA INFORMATION ON PREVENTION OF WORKPLACE VIOLENCE
The Workplace Violence website provides information on the extent of violence in the workplace,
assessing the hazards in different settings, and developing workplace violence prevention plans for
DEVELOP A BICYCLE FRIENDLY BUSINESS PROGRAM
The League of American Cyclists offers a blueprint, hands-on assistance, and other resources to
develop a bicycle friendly business (BFB) program that enhances facilities while improving workplace wellness and productivity.