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Product Information Product Information

Building Tools: Energy Star Buildings Catalog of Products and Services (Brochure).
1998 catalog of Energy Star products and services, including how to get started, financial strategies, and how to upgrade existing products. Please contact the Clean Air Counts Office for a copy.


Fact Sheet How-To Information

Putting Energy Into Profit: an Energy Star Small Business Guide
U. S. EPA publication that contains background information, guidance for technical support and supporting material for small businesses looking to become Energy Star partners.

Energy Star Buildings Manual:  The Action Plan for…Success
U. S. EPA action plan to follow when going through a building upgrade.  Breaks the process down into logical sections.

Energy Star Buildings Manual:  Business Analysis for Energy-Efficiency Investments
U. S. EPA document explaining how to do simple financial analysis on upgrade projects.  Goes thru simple payback, IRR, NPV, etc.  Explains best way to determine "go or no go" and compare projects.

Lighting Upgrade Manual:  Financial Strategies
U. S.  EPA document which provides an good overview of the different ways a facility can pay for lighting upgrades.  Also shows various methods for analyzing the financial performance of a project.

Energy Star Buildings Manual:  Stage One:  Green Lights
U. S. EPA information on the  benefits of lighting upgrades and having a comprehensive lighting upgrade strategy.  Introduces lighting concepts (footcandles, lumens), lighting products.

Energy Star Buildings Manual:  Stage Two:  Building Tune-Up
U. S.  EPA  information on why tune-up is important,  why it is different from regular maintenance, and why it is a good idea to get an outside contractor.  Walks through the tune-up areas: lighting, building envelope, controls, etc.

Energy Star Buildings Manual:  Stage Three:  Other Load Reductions
U. S.  EPA information.  Starts with some education about the history of ventilation requirements and sources of heat.  Presents many other load reductions strategies involving office equipment, windows, ventilation, energy recovery, etc. - a whole menu of options.  Most of the strategies require the involvement of engineers.

Energy Star Buildings Manual:  Stage Four:  Fan System Upgrade
U. S.  EPA information. Due to the subject matter, this stage requires more technical HVAC knowledge than the others, discussing VAV's and VSD's among other things.  It is, however, enough text to convey the general what, why, and how's to the layman.

Energy Star Buildings Manual:  Stage Five:  Heating & Cooling System Upgrades
U. S. EPA information. Another fairly technical piece about options when downsizing your heating and cooling systems. Though technical, the descriptions are fairly brief. One would have to consult another source (e.g., E-Source manual, an engineer) if interested in one of the options.


Case Studies Case Studies

Augustana Lutheran Church, Chicago

Audubon House, New York City

Greening Four Times Square

Four Times Square

Manhattan's Green Giant


Technical Information Technical Information

Technology Atlas Series:  Volume 1, Lighting Technology Atlas
E Source, Inc. website for product description and ordering.  Volume 1 in a series of 5.  An excellent encyclopedia-like resource for energy efficiency in buildings.  Volume 1 is dedicated to lighting.  Good for designers, facility managers, consultants…anyone who needs to know more.

Technology Atlas Series:  Volume  2, Commercial Space Cooling and Air Handling Technology Atlas
E Source, Inc. See above.  Volume 2 in a series of 5.

Technology Atlas Series:  Volume  3, Space Heating Atlas
E Source, Inc. See above. Volume 3 in a series of 5.  A plethora of info, as usual.  Much more than just heating technologies (human behavior, productivity, and comfort, codes and standards, state of the art insulation, etc.).  Includes residential.

Technology Atlas Series:  Volume  4, Drivepower Atlas
E Source, Inc. See above.  Volume 4 in a series of 5.  A compendium of information about energy efficient motors and drives.  Topics include adjustable-speed drives, cube-law loads, measuring motor performance, maintenance, sizing and selection, repair, etc.

Technology Atlas Series:  Volume  5, Residential Appliances Atlas
E Source, Inc. See above.  Volume 5 in a series of 5. Covers end-use and data trends, cost, standards, labeling, efficiency opportunities and emerging technologies, etc.  Includes all your standard appliances and more. Differences between the 1995 CABO Model Energy Code and 1998 ICC International Energy Conservation Code U.S. DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy 's in-depth comparison of the 2 codes (22 pages). Region V White Sheet  Energy Efficiency


Model Ordinances Model Ordinances

State Adoption of EPAct-Compliant Residential Energy Codes (as of summer 2000)
Building Codes Assistance Project map of the 50 states showing what states have adopted what residential energy code.

State Adoption of EPAct-Compliant Commercial Energy Codes (as of summer 2000)
Building Codes Assistance Project map of the 50 states showing what states have adopted what commercial energy code.

IL - DOE Status of State Energy Codes
U.S. DOE Office of Building Technology, State, and Community Programs synopsis of current status, both residential and commercial.  Also lists state contacts, gives a background/history, and mentions a grant Chicago got to evaluate the 2000 IECC for adoption. Green Lights Report Codes. For a copy of the Green Lights Implementation report codes, please contact the Clean Air Counts Office.


Resources/Vendors Resources/Vendors
spacer Building Tools:  1998 Catalog of Products and Services U.S. EPA document.  Shows the different resources that are available for those who join Energy Star Buildings and Green Lights.  Includes fact sheets, software, reference manuals, and more.  Shows where and how you can get materials and assistance. Please contact the Clean Air Counts Office for a copy.

Software & Reporting Tool Software and Reporting Tools

U.S. EPA analysis tool that assesses the cost-effectiveness of  upgrading variable air volume (VAV) systems. Provides screening-level analysis without complex building data.  Primary focus of the software is the application of variable speed drives (VSD) to fan motors.


U.S. EPA tool for assessing centrifugal chillers upgrades.  Performs full economic and energy analyses of potential upgrade scenarios involving complex chiller plants without complex building data.  Handles consolidation of existing chillers, integration of new chillers, and retrofits to existing chillers.  Excellent tool for Partners facing CFC phase out issues.

ProjectKalc for Windows (Software)
U.S. EPA software allows someone to do cost and performance analysis of potential lighting upgrade projects.  Project can include controls, re/delamping, tandem wiring, etc. ProjectKalk has extensive database with costs, energy performance, and labor time.

ProjectKalc for Windows (User's Manual)
U.S. EPA document.  Accompanies the software.

Energy Service Provider (ESP) List of Lighting Contractors

U.S. EPA information.  This link leads to a directory of contractors in IL, but anyone can go to the Energy Star Buildings site and do a Service Provider search.  The links for each company will tell you what kind of service each company provides. Energy Star Report.

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