Working with the NJ Board of Public Utilities and the Sustainable Jersey organization, CBK is helping to create the New Jersey Public Buildings Energy Efficiency Program (NJPBEEP). NJBEEP’s overall objective is to achieve a 20% or greater reduction in energy consumption in local government buildings statewide. New Jersey has a full slate of Clean Energy Programs funded by a Societal Benefits Charge. The programs that cover local public buildings include incentives for building audits and upgrades and various financing options. Despite the variety of offerings, New Jersey has struggled to give out all of the funds it has available. A significant obstacle is that the programs are each operated and marketed individually, and there is no single point of entry, or easily identified best option, for confused local governments. NJPBEEP will create a single point of entry, a simple decision tree that enables local governments to choose a “pathway” best suited for their building portfolio, and an A to Z support system that guides them to an endpoint where all of their building stock has been upgraded to the highest degree warranted by cost benefit analysis. The effort will rely on energy performance contracting combined with State incentives and rebates, to finance deep retrofits.

Advanced Buildings Core Performance Training Program


CBK staff, in collaboration with National Grid and NSTAR staff, analyzed the then-newly implemented Advanced Buildings Core Performance program.  Based on the results of this analysis, CBK staff developed and delivered a marketing strategy, curricular materials, and training program on Core Performance for design professionals throughout the State of Massachusetts, including the annual BuildBoston event.

Energy Efficient O&M Program Analysis


CBK, under contract to the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities Clean Energy Program, conducted a comprehensive study to evaluate the feasibility of a implementing an energy efficient operations and maintenance incentive program within New Jersey.   The study resulted in a series of recommendations including strategies, budgets, anticipated outcomes and evaluation methods that could be the basis of a pilot program in this area.  A core goal was to create a program that would eventually be self sustaining and that would rely, to the extent possible, on current building owners to perpetuate.  These efforts resulted in a model program, including a mock-up of a web application tool, tentatively titled “Operate Smart” to serve this need.

Food Sales Program


In support of NSTAR’s Energy Efficiency Program, CBK provided research and technical assistance on an as-needed basis to design, implement, and ultimately evaluate a program offering specifically targeted at improving the energy efficiency of the food sales industry - a market segment that is both particularly energy intensive and, to date, not well served by regional program offerings.  CBK has drawn upon national research and their own experience to advise NSTAR on matters such as market characteristics, motivations, and barriers to the successful implementation of such a program.  

Home Performance with Energy Star Program Analysis


As part of CBK’s work for the Department of Energy Building America Program, the Center  is researching  New Jersey’s Home Performance with Energy Star (HPwES) program to determine which packages of energy efficiency measures are  achieving 30% energy savings or greater in existing homes. The Center will work with the New Jersey Clean Energy Program, and Public Service Electric and Gas (PSE&G) to evaluate the specific measures implemented in 50-100 homes that have achieved measured energy savings of more than 30%. Measurements will be based on utility bill data, not modeled savings. The Center will also look at the return on investment (ROI) of the packages using measure implementation costs from the homes. This project will identify the most common packages that achieve 30% or greater energy savings in existing homes.

Energy Efficient Unit Refurbishments in Public Housing


As a team member in the Department of Energy Building America Program, the Center is helping to develop packages of energy efficiency retrofit measures that Public Housing Authorities (PHA’s) can cost-effectively implement when units are refurbished between occupancies. Over one million HUD-supported public housing units provide rental housing for eligible low-income families across the country. These units range from scattered single-family houses to high-rise apartments. This project – which is being conducted in cooperation with ARIES, another Building America team - will consist of a field evaluation in which energy audits will be performed on a sample of PHA units, a protocol will be developed for typical units, the protocol will be implemented by PHA staff, and the effectiveness of the protocol will be quantified through field testing and modeling. Finally an outreach strategy will be developed based on the results of this project for the public housing audience allowing other PHA’s to repeat the success of the program.

USEPA Supermarket Toolkit


Building upon CBK’s experience in the food sales industry throughout the Northeast region, the Center was awarded a USEPA Region 2 grant for a Pollution Prevention project.  Under this program, CBK developed and deployed a web application offering no and low-cost strategies for improving energy efficiency and reducing pollution at supermarkets throughout the Northeast region. The online self-diagnostic and training tool will focuses methods that reduce energy use and reduce refrigerant leakage, a major contributor to the greenhouse gas effect. This project employs the power of web applications to serve specific market segments with pertinent information developed in consultation with industry representatives so as to make energy and resource efficiency their standard practice.


PSE&G Supermarket Toolkit


In support of the PSE&G Retro-Commissioning Program, CBK expanded upon its original scope of services to develop an online toolkit that captures the knowledge acquired in the program in a format that can be used as an energy savings management system.  The toolkit alerts users to scheduled maintenance activities and then facilitates evaluation of their current EE status using a previously established EnergyStar Portfolio Manager account.   The goal of the toolkit is to extend the persistence of the savings generated at the participating stores for a longer period of time, increasing their return on investment and, in the process, hopefully transforming the market by developing a cohort of skilled building operators capable of realizing such savings throughout their parent organizations.

Retro-Commissioning Pilot Program


CBK, in service to Public Service Electric & Gas Company (PSE&G), designed and implemented a Retro-Commissioning (RCx) Pilot Program targeted to the unique needs and motivations of supermarkets and their respective service contractors. The Pilot program design is the first New Jersey program targeted to maintaining energy efficient facility operations through no and/or low cost measures, training, education and monitoring. Program participation included 35 individual stores from 7 of the largest supermarket chains in the Northeast.  


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