High Performance Buildings

2030 Districts
SPEER continues to incubate and support the creation of 2030 Districts in our region – first establishing a District in Dallas, then San Antonio and now Austin.  2030 Districts are a private-public partnership comprised of property owners and managers, and stakeholders from business services and the community. These innovative Districts commit collectively to collaborate and reduce building energy use, water consumption and transportation related greenhouse gases 50% by 2030. Read more.

Building Energy Performance Benchmarking
Building energy performance benchmarking is a process of using basic building and energy billing information to evaluate the energy use and relative efficiency of an organization’s buildings. We cannot manage what we do not measure, and optimizing the energy performance of any organization or building starts with benchmarking. Besides generating a weather-normalized score and relative comparison to similar buildings, benchmarking also allows users to see important energy consumption trends and optional water, waste and carbon emissions. SPEER provides resources and training to encourage benchmarking with ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager®, including municipally owned buildings and private businesses participating in local challenges.  Read more.

Building Operator Certification (BOC)
SPEER offers Building Operator Certification (BOC), a classroom and project-based training program that delivers immediate results for building owners, operators and occupants. For 20 years, the BOC program has supported building operators in developing critical skills in energy efficient building management. The curriculum aligns with the U.S. Department of Energy’s 2011 skill standard for operating engineers and building technicians. The program is created and validated by industry experts and practitioners and requires completion of hands-on projects for certification. According to one study, average savings per participant is $10,500 or more annually. BOC is accredited by USGBC and BOMI for continuing education. Read more.

Texas Industrial Energy-Efficiency Network
SPEER has encouraged the collaboration of various non-profit organizations who provide resources to the industrial sector, to support investments in energy efficiency and efficient manufacturing. These organizations help the region’s industries continue to be globally competitive, meet their organizations goals and improve Texas’ air quality. Read more.

Multifamily Building Energy Efficiency
Approximately two-thirds of the existing multifamily buildings in this region were built prior to the adoption of modern state energy codes, leaving a large number of existing buildings that would significantly benefit from energy efficiency improvements. SPEER recently completed work on two assessments for the multifamily housing market. The first contains valuable information on the market in the Texas & Oklahoma region; and the second is a national assessment of barriers, opportunities and exemplary regional case studies and was produced in collaboration with the regional energy efficiency organizations (REEOs). Read more.