DOE’s Better Buildings Case Competition Challenges Collegiate Teams

BetterBuildingsJoin us for presentations of the winning solutions to the 2014 Better Buildings Case Competition. The Better Buildings Case Competition challenges collegiate teams to present unique and innovative solutions for reducing energy waste and improving the efficiency of our nation’s homes and commercial buildings to industry leaders.

July 1st 12-1pm ET – Here Comes the Sun: Satisfying RPS with Solar – Students developed a cost effective solar incentive program strategy for utility companies charged with meeting Renewable Portfolio Standards.

Most Innovative – Team Delta Eta from Columbia University was awarded Most Innovative for their novel hybrid model rate structure which is applicable to both large and small scale operations. The team conducted excellent financial analyses and looked into multiple kinds of ownership structures.

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July 3rd 12-1pm ET – Picking up PACE: Taking Commercial PACE Financing to Scale – Students developed a program structure and a business plan that U.S. States can use to effectively implement PACE financing and scale up energy efficiency.

Best Proposal – Team Everpower from Carnegie Mellon University (yeah, Pittsburgh!) was awarded Best Proposal for their scalable solution that was also self-sustaining. Through an emphasis on a broad range of value streams to building owners, including such things as worker productivity, they laid a foundation for market demand. They also outlined a feasible segmentation of eligible projects which could lead to a high conversion rate resulting in sustainability.

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July 10th 12-1pm ET – Welcome Home to Savings: Distributed Generation in Multifamily Housing – Students developed a replicable strategy to expand energy efficiency and distributed generation at federally assisted housing complexes.

Best Proposal – Team Millennial Makers from Stanford University was awarded Best Proposal for their exhibit of strong research and both quantitative and qualitative analysis. The team interviewed building owners and utilities, considering differences across states. The team also touched on vital aspects of the case including resilience, cost-benefit, and HUD’s financial outlay.

Most Innovative – Team Xenergy from University of California, Santa Barbara was awarded Most Innovative for thinking outside of the box of the affordable housing complex and looking at the whole community. This team conducted in-depth research and applied it to one specific case study which addressed climate resiliency and community development priorities.

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July 11th 12-1pm ET – Experimenting with Efficiency: Greening the Grant Process for Research Institutions – Students developed a business case and implementation strategy for universities to promote energy efficiency projects on their campuses funded by external grants.

Most Innovative – Team Golden Energtech from University of California, Berkeley was awarded Most Innovative for their excellent proposal that demonstrated attention to the human element in the problem. The proposal addresses energy training, operations and maintenance, and ways grant makers can encourage grantees to invest more in energy efficiency.

Most Innovative – Team Xenergy from University of California, Santa Barbara was awarded Most Innovative for their novel energy management information system application and metering system that could identify and report on energy savings opportunities to universities and grant making agencies. This team made a particular effort to leverage existing networks in creative new ways and catalyze market growth for energy efficiency in lab technology.

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