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NEW Guidance for Schools Integrating Indoor Air Quality and Energy Efficiency
EPA's new guidance, Energy Savings Plus Health: Indoor Air Quality Guidelines for School Building Upgrades. The Guidelines equip school districts with tools to integrate indoor air quality (IAQ) protections into school energy efficiency retrofits and other building upgrade projects, thus helping schools implement important energy efficiency upgrades without compromising occupant health.

NEW U.S. Department of Energy On-Demand Training seminar that describes a step-by-step method to conduct an “energy efficiency expert evaluation” process. Learn about streamlining site visit planning and on-site discovery, recommend corrective measures and establish a master list of findings.

NEW U.S. Department of Energy Building Technologies Office commissioned Advanced Energy Retrofit Guide: Practical Ways to Improve Energy Performance, K-12 Schools. The Guide, prepared by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, provides a roadmap for effectively planning and implementing performance improvements in existing buildings. A must-read for school districts seeking to improve their daily building operations and indoor environmental qualities.

The Center for Green Schools released a new toolkit, Powering Down: Behavior-Based Energy Conservation in K–12 Schools, that follows the experiences of five public schools that have reduced electricity use by an astonishing 20 to 37 percent through behavior-based strategies alone. The paper looks to these schools as models for others and examines common strategies for every school to reduce its energy usage.

Department of Energy Building Technologies Program

U.S. Department of Energy Building Technologies Program
Are you considering a simple retrofit or making a long-term investment to reduce energy use and improve the performance of your facilities? This guide to energy audits is a great place to start. Prepared by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and Portland Energy Conservation, Inc. the guide provides an overview of the energy audit process, including an overview of the different energy audit options.

ENERGY STAR

Free training opportunities offered by EPA’s ENERGY STAR program for buildings! Join them for one or all of the many upcoming training sessions. Attendees will learn about financing projects in the public and private sectors, the basics of performance contracting, and how EPA’s tools and resources can help you make the decision to improve your facilities now or later.

Washington State Department of Enterprise Services Energy Program

The U.S. Department of Energy Federal Energy Management Program researches state-by-state energy incentive programs that help offset energy costs to residential, commercial and industrial customers while promoting energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies. Find out about utility energy efficiency programs and energy resource options available in Washington.

Washington State Department of Enterprise Services Energy Program

Washington State Department of Enterprise Services Energy Program provides the experience and expertise for quality assurance, project negotiation, overall project management, and monitoring and verification procedures to assist school districts with energy savings performance contracting projects.

Energy Savings Performance Contracting Guidelines

Energy Savings Performance Contracting Guidelines for Public Agencies in Washington State March 2012 (PDF, 32 pages) is authored by the Washington State Department of Enterprise Services Energy Program. The Guideline provides detailed information about the Energy Savings Performance Contracting and the alternate methods of contracting for energy efficiency projects.

International Performance Measurement & Verification Protocol

International Performance Measurement & Verification Protocol – Concepts and Options for Determining Energy and Water Savings Volume 1 (PDF, 93 pages) provides an overview of current best practices available for verifying results of energy efficiency, water efficiency, and renewable energy projects. It may also be used by facility operators to assess and improve facility performance.

EPA’s ENERGY STAR for K-12 School Districts

EPA’s ENERGY STAR for K-12 School Districts includes Portfolio Manager for tracking energy and water use, guidelines for K-12 Energy Management, EPA’s Indoor Air Quality Web site, success stories, activity books for kids, and more. Energy Star Kids is a new, interactive site for kids.

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