BBC Multifamily Newsletter – March 2018

In This Issue:

Key Announcements
Don't Miss Out: BBC 2018 Data Drive
Spotlight on Partner Energy Efficiency Success: NYCHA

Key Announcements

Register Now for the Better Buildings Summit, August 21-23, 2018
  • Wondering how to meet your 20% energy reduction commitment to the BBC? Contact your Account Manager or email the BBC team about attending a customized workshop to complete your 'Roadmap to 20%' plan.
  • Registration Open! The Department of Energy has announced the 2018 Better Buildings Summit will be August 21-23, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio. Register now.
  • Check out the new Better Buildings Solution Center! The website has been completely redesigned, so now is a good time to review your profile pages, solutions, and data displays. Be sure to communicate any updates to your BBC Account Manager.

Don’t Miss Out: BBC 2018 Data Drive

Following the success of the 2017 BBC Multifamily "Year of Data" (YoDa), we're now in the midst of our strongest data drive ever, with partners submitting more whole-building data earlier in the year. Multifamily partners have been working with their BBC Account Managers to request whole-building data from utilities, update information on their portfolios, and locate missing data to close reporting gaps.

If you haven't submitted your 2017 utility data, connect with your Account Manager as soon as possible to meet the April 13, 2018 reporting deadline and be featured in DOE's annual Better Buildings Progress Report. Note that this deadline is the date by which all data must be submitted, analyzed, and approved by DOE, so you don’t want to wait until the last minute!

runners crossing the finish line of a foot race

In case you need a brief refresher on what exactly we're looking for...

The BBC helps partners identify and quantify utility savings opportunities for energy (and water) consumption by reporting portfolio-wide energy consumption on an annual basis. The multifamily sector faces a unique challenge in obtaining tenant-paid utility data, but the goal of the BBC remains to help you collect whole-building data that is reflective of the total energy consumption in your buildings, regardless of who pays the bills. Reporting owner-paid data is a good starting point for benchmarking your buildings, but only whole-building data will deliver complete information about a building’s energy performance.

The BBC has established minimum reporting thresholds for the multifamily sector that acknowledge the unique challenge of obtaining tenant-paid data, but require multifamily partners to report at least a portion of their whole-building data before qualifying for a data display.

EUI and % Improvement vs. Baseline graph with the x axis showing years 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and the y axis showing square ft from 0 to 175
  • For a partial data display, you will need to report ≥ 80% owner-paid utility data for your portfolio and ≥ 30% whole-building data.
  • For a full data display, you will need to report ≥ 80% owner-paid utility data for your portfolio and ≥ 80% whole-building data.
  • To become a BBC Goal Achiever, you will need to demonstrate ≥20% energy savings with ≥ 95% whole-building data for your portfolio.

Publishing data displays is how BBC partners demonstrate energy reduction progress against their baseline consumption. At the beginning of YoDa in August of 2016, multifamily partners had published displays representing about 40 million sq. ft. of whole-building data. By the end of YoDa in June 2017, that number had increased more than sevenfold to nearly 310 million sq. ft. Thanks to your hard work, we expect to surpass that amount again in the 2018 data drive. If you haven't done so already, connect with your Account Manager about 2018 data reporting!

Spotlight on Partner Energy Efficiency Success: NYCHA

The New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) is the nation’s largest residential landlord, with a public housing portfolio that serves 400,000 of New York City’s lowest-income households who have few or no housing alternatives. In its 2016 NextGeneration NYCHA Sustainability Agenda, NYCHA set goals to reduce per-square-foot energy consumption by 20% by 2025, and reduce its carbon emissions by 30% by 2027.

These goals reflect NYCHA's commitments to the Better Buildings Challenge and the NYC Carbon Challenge, respectively.

NYCHA decided to employ multiple large-scale Energy Performance Contracts (EPC) through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to kick-start investment in energy efficiency and carbon reduction while developing a long-term strategy for energy-smart capital investments. These EPCs feature a non-traditional scope of work focused on eliminating overheating in as many master-planned developments as possible. As of October 2017, three EPCs serving 57 developments with a combined value of $167 million have been approved by HUD.

NextGeneration NYCHA image of mother and female child on a playground slide

To read more about NYCHA's energy planning efforts, visit its recently published Implementation Model.

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