New Jersey Utility Working Group: Filing Facilitation


CBK was asked to facilitate a collaborative effort among 7 utilities in New Jersey – Atlantic City Electric, Elizabethtown Gas, Jersey Central Power and Light, New Jersey Natural Gas, Orange Rockland Electric, PSE&G, and South Jersey Gas – in response to a request from the office of then-Governor Corzine which was preparing to implement a special stimulus program focused on energy efficiency.  CBK’s role was to act as an independent third party to facilitate – and serve as secretariat for - meetings and discussions among and between the participating utilities.  CBK’s purpose was to help the utilities:

  • Determine which programs were best suited to be delivered in a collaborative fashion by all the participating utilities.
  • Decide which programs are best suited to be delivered by individual utilities or small groups of utilities.
  • Decide which utility programs also support programs offered through the NJ Clean Energy Program.

At the conclusion of the facilitation effort, CBK also assisted the participants in preparing energy efficiency program filings that would be in accordance with the principles outlined in the NJ Energy Master Plan of October 2008 and with the RGGI minimum filing requirements as defined by the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities. 

Utility Incentive Program Guide


This guide will help building owners in the Philadelphia 10 county region understand the financial incentive programs available in the region for energy efficient upgrades. Building owners can use the maps and zip code tables to determine the programs available to them based on building local on and utility service provider. Each program description includes a link to further information.


Somerset County High Performance Public Buildings Program


The Somerset County High Performance Public Buildings Program is focused on creating buildings that protect taxpayer investment with reduced building operating costs and increased user productivity. The program has 18 requirements in the areas of Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, Energy & Atmosphere, Materials and Resources and Indoor Environmental Quality. The Somerset County Program is based on the US Green Building Council’s LEED™ New Construction rating system. Fulfillment of the Somerset County Program requirements also fulfills all of the LEED™ prerequisites and 16 additional LEED™ credits. Therefore, if a design team is interested in pursuing LEED™ Certification or beyond, the Somerset County Program can put a project well on its way.


Program Requirements.pdf

Policy and Implementation SEP1707.pdf

PNC case study.pdf


Saving Energy in Leased Spaces (SELS)


This online toolkit provides resources, training and tools – primarily targeted toward commercial building owners, managers and tenants – organized into three core areas that track the tenant leasing process:

  • Saving Energy in Existing Leases
  • Saving Energy in New Leases
  • Saving Energy during Tenant Improvement
  • Each of these sections of the toolkit contains the following three elements:

Training Module: Each roughly one hour course focuses on three key areas where tenants, landlords and building owners can save energy: plug and process loads; lighting; and HVAC. The course goes through the value proposition for taking on an energy efficiency upgrade to an existing space; maps out a process for implementing such an upgrade; and provides detailed explanations of key technical activities that tenants can undertake to improve the energy performance of their leased spaces.

Tools and Checklists: Embedded interactive checklists that tenants can use to inventory their key plug and process loads and generate an estimate of the energy that can be saved by eliminating or upgrading them.

Resource Library: Each Resource Library contains a variety of documents specific to the area of energy savings covered in the training module. These documents – derived from a range of public, private and non-profit sources –provide additional information on plug loads and the current state-of-practice in improving the energy efficiency of existing leased space.

Residential Lighting Energy Use Reduction Study


The Center received an Energy Technology Demonstration Grant from Public Service Electric and Gas (PSEG) for the Residential Lighting Energy Use Reduction project. This project studied the potential of vacancy sensors to reduce residential lighting energy use. Vacancy sensors turn off lights when spaces are unoccupied for anywhere from five to 30 minutes, depending on the programmed setting. A key distinction between vacancy sensors and occupancy sensors is that with vacancy sensors the lights are manually turned on and will not coming on automatically when the room is entered. The study monitored lighting use in designated rooms within 30 townhouses and flats for one year. During the first six months, utilization monitors tracked when the lights were on and when the rooms were occupied or not. This established the baseline of lighting use. After six months, vacancy sensors were installed in the monitored rooms. Following the 12 month monitoring period, data analysis will show the difference in lighting use before and after the installation of the vacancy sensors.   This research was intended to serve as a basis for a potential vacancy sensor utility incentive program.  Final analysis and project results are in process, but preliminary results show that savings can be significant.

Somerset County High Performance Public Buildings Program Toolkit


The Somerset County High Performance Public Buildings Program (The Somerset County Program) was developed by the SCBP with assistance from the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) Center for Architecture and Building Science Research (CABSR). Funding for development of the Somerset County Program was provided by Johnson and Johnson, AT&T and HSBC.

The Somerset County Program was developed as a green building program that could be adopted by any of the Somerset County’s 21 municipalities, and is intended to apply to county, municipal and educational buildings. The Somerset County Program’s purpose is to create new public sector buildings that protect taxpayer investment by focusing on requirements that reduce building operating costs and increased user productivity.  It also serves as a demystified path to high performance building. The program requirements are taken from the US Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design New Construction (LEED™ NC) rating system and incorporates requirements in the areas of: Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, Energy and Atmosphere, Materials and Resources, and Indoor Environmental Quality. There are 18 requirements in all. Each program requirement was included to serve Somerset County’s pursuit of creating high performance buildings using the most essential, practical measures. The requirements balance cost effectiveness with optimal building performance and user health and productivity.

The Somerset County Program does not address site issues, beyond addressing soil erosion during construction. While site issues are critical to high performance buildings, they are also very project specific; for that reason, there are no requirements in this area. It is anticipated that any project participating in the Program would certainly consider site selection and site design strategies that enhance building performance. 

Link to Toolkit


High Performance School Buildings Resource & Strategy Guide


The High Performance School Buildings Resource & Strategy Guide is a simple, easy-to-use roadmap for use in creating schools that:

  • Provide better learning environments for students and teachers;
  • Cost less to operate; and
  • Help protect the environment.

According to a recent General Accounting Office report, an estimated 6,000 new schools will be built nationwide by the year 2007. The sheer scope of this undertaking makes it clear that the U.S. is faced with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to shape the built environment in ways that will influence the lives of K-12 students for generations to come. High performance school buildings – those which incorporate the very best in today’s design strategies and building technologies – can help make the most of this remarkable opportunity. 

Designing and procuring energy- and resource-efficient schools is possible right now. All that’s needed is the vision, determination, and knowledge to make high performance the standard of performance in school facility design and construction. This Resource & Strategy Guide provides the requisite knowledge, and is intended for those with the vision and determination to put this knowledge to work in building new schools.

The Resource & Strategy Guide has been developed specifically for those who control the process by which new schools are designed and built: school superintendents, business officials, board members, and other key decision-makers. It is not intended as the sole reference for architects and other design professionals, who have their own, more technical guidance for creating high performance buildings. It is structured to meet the needs of those who hire and manage the services of these professionals, and as a guide for further research by A/Es and others engaged in school facility design. HPSB_RSG.pdf


NJ Schools Development Authority 21st Century Design Manual


The 21st Century Schools Design Manual is intended for use in the design of all New Jersey pre-K through 12 public School Facilities Projects within the NJ Schools Construction Corporation (NJSCC) Program. The Design Manual shall compliment the ‘A-Z’ Design Consultant Agreement, all other NJSCC documentation, and any and all presiding Laws, Codes, Ordinances, and requirements of Regulatory Agencies having jurisdiction over this project. 

With the Design Manual, it is NJSCC’s full intent to establish a uniform approach to School Facilities Project design such that we accomplish the following key goals:

  • Establish a means for NJSCC managed School Facilities Projects to be built in an educationally appropriate, community focused, cost effective, sustainable, energy efficient, safe, secure, clean, and environmentally friendly manner.
  • Establish a sustainable design approach as a cost effective and common sense means of constructing 21st Century Schools for New Jersey. This Design Manual raises the bar and sets forth an approach for NJSCC’s School Facilities Project design to attain such goals.

This approach will serve to establish a new design norm for pre-K through 12 school facilities, while simultaneously establishing NJSCC as the nation’s foremost resource for knowledge relative to efficient planning and implementation of projects by means of excellence reviews and lessons learned in constructing School Facilities Projects for both urban and suburban areas. NJ Schools Development Authority 21st Century Design Manual.pdf


How to: Develop Your Own Climate Change Guidance Document, Reduce Your Campus’ Energy Consumption, And Save Some Money


With the growing concern of budget constraints, a common goal of higher education departments is to save money. By reducing our energy consumption, we are ultimately reducing our energy costs. Through this document, we aim to help your institutions develop a carbon action plan, set goals to reduce energy consumption, and subsequently save your institutions/department money.

Two “sister” documents to this “How To” document are: the High Performance Design Handbook (Book I) and The High Performance Campus Design Guidelines (Book II). The Design Handbook, Book I, provides an overview, rationale and the business case for high performance design. This book is geared towards faculty, staff and higher education administrators. At the end of book one you will find a variety of different case studies that may be of interest to those affiliated with higher education institutions. Book II, The High Performance Campus Design Guidelines, is a set of building design specs to be implemented while your campus is building a new building, or renovating an existing building. Some of the appendices from that book may also be of interest to you since they refer to Executive Orders and available subsidies. Federal or state mandates may influence the decisions you make while you are in the planning process and local/state or federal incentive will change how cost effective a technology will be for your campus. One of the most important things to consider when developing a campus action plan is the payback period. 

Weatherization Assistant Training


The Weatherization Assistant is an energy audit software tool developed for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Weatherization Assistance Program by the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The Weatherization Assistant is used by states and local weatherization agencies to identify and prioritize cost-effective weatherization measures applicable to a home. The Weatherization Assistant contains the National Energy Audit Tool (NEAT) for site-built, single-family houses and the Manufactured Home Energy Audit (MHEA) for mobile homes. In addition, the Weatherization Assistant provides expanded optional capabilities that are useful in implementing and administering weatherization programs, including a work order feature. The software may be obtained from the Weatherization Assistance Program Technical Assistance Center (WAPTAC) at the following web site:


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