3rd Annual Innovation Awards

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On February 28, 2017, the Los Angeles Better Buildings Challenge 3rd Annual Innovation Awards recognized the leadership of property owners who achieved exceptional improvements in their buildings’ water and energy performance.

REGISTRATION IS  NOW OPEN FOR THE 4th ANNUAL INNOVATION AWARDS

Speaker, LA Chief Sustainability Officer Matt Petersen
Before joining the Mayor’s office, Petersen served as President and CEO of Global Green USA for 19 years. Passionate about improving the lives of those in need, combating climate change and greening communities, Petersen focused the organization on greening affordable housing, schools and cities (including LA). Petersen led the organization in the green rebuilding of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, and later to communities devastated by Hurricane Sandy. Petersen is a board member of Global Green USA and Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles, and he is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and an advisor to the Clinton Global Initiative.

Congratulations to our 2017 Award Winners!

WINNER — ENERGY EFFICIENCY PROJECT OF THE YEAR

Watt Plaza (Watt Companies)
At its flagship property, Watt Plaza, Watt Companies showcases its commitment to sustainability through its continuous efforts to reduce energy use and maximize efficiency, while providing an excellent customer experience. LEEDcertified since May 2009, Watt Plaza recently achieved LEED Platinum certification, while increasing its Energy Star score from 98 to 99 over the past year, purchasing renewable energy to offset 100 percent of its energy use, and actively educating tenants on energy efficiency measures they can implement in their suites.

WINNER — WATER EFFICIENCY PROJECT OF THE YEAR

UCLA
Water reclamation is a key component of UCLA’s strategy to achieve a 36 percent reduction in potable water consumption by 2025. As of today, UCLA has piped twenty-two buildings to collect clean water that is normally discharged into the sanitary sewer system and reuse it as make-up water for the cogeneration plant cooling towers, saving 2.38 million gallons per month (36 percent, 28.6 million gallons per year). UCLA continues to build out the system, and estimates that they will achieve an additional 20 million gallons in the next year.

WINNER — OVERALL PROJECT OF THE YEAR

R W Zant
R W Zant has been operating 24/7 in downtown Los Angeles since 1951, providing cold storage, meat processing and trucking services to the local food industry. Through a combination of lowcost, high-impact operational changes, participation in the demand response program and a range of MEP upgrades energy use is down 24 percent and water use is down over 60 percent. Sharing project savings with employees has led to greater support for participation in the demand response program, as well as lighting changes and controls in office spaces.

WINNER — PORTFOLIO OF THE YEAR

Century Park (CBRE)
Century Park is the business address for 10,000 tenant employees, guests and visitors, with more than 5,900 daily vehicles and over 3 million square feet of office, retail, restaurant and cultural space. In 2016, ownership and management undertook a range of energy and water efficiency projects that together achieved 67 percent energy savings (2.7 million kWh) and over 30 percent water savings (24 million gallons per year). And the work doesn’t just happen in the back-of-house—Century Park holds bimonthly tenant Town Halls spotlighting accomplishments in resource conservation, and empowers tenants to be part of the success.

WINNER — WALK THE WALK

John Ferraro Building (LADWP)
The Walk the Walk Award goes to the City building that achieves the most significant year over year energy and water savings, as judged by a panel of their peers and industry experts. Much like the transformation going on in providing electricity and water to LADWP’s customers, JFB is also undergoing a transformation to keep up with the times. The focus is to get the building to be more efficient in energy and water use. From the reflecting pool and fountains, to lighting and air conditioning, to daytime lighting, landscaping and other features, and more importantly engaging the LADWP employees in behavior changes that can add up to saving the precious resources of energy and water.

Energy Efficiency Project Finalists

Overall Project Finalists

Water Efficiency Project Finalists

Portfolio of the Year Finalists

AWARD CATEGORIES

The Energy Project of the Year will be awarded to the building that has achieved the greatest annual reduction in energy use or that has demonstrated the greatest continued improvement over time.

Criteria

  • Savings Index — pre-project EUI or Energy Star score divided by % energy savings (actual, or projected on projects in process)
  • % energy use intensity reduction since 2009 (or since taking ownership), as reported through Portfolio Manager
  • Qualitative factors including:
    • Alignment with organization-wide commitment
    • Market context
    • Stakeholder engagement
    • Innovation in technology, execution, financing, or other aspects
The Water Project of the Year will award the building that has realized the greatest water savings, in alignment with an organization-wide commitment to reduce water use through the Drop 100 Campaign.

Criteria

  • Savings Index — pre-project WUI divided by % water savings (actual or projected for projects in process)
  • % water use intensity reduction since 2009 (or since taking ownership), as reported through Portfolio Manager
  • Qualitative factors including:
    • Alignment with organization-wide commitment
    • Market context
    • Stakeholder engagement
    • Innovation in technology, execution, financing, or other aspects
The Overall Project of the Year will have realized substantial reductions in both energy and water use and have demonstrated innovative practices in the areas of stakeholder engagement, technology, project execution, financing, and overall reduction strategy.

Criteria

  • Savings Index — pre-project WUI and EUI or Energy Star score divided by % water and energy savings (actual or projected for projects in process)
  • % energy and water use intensity reduction since 2009 (or since taking ownership), as reported through Portfolio Manager
  • Qualitative factors including:
    • Alignment with organization-wide commitment
    • Market context
    • Stakeholder engagement
    • Innovation in technology, execution, financing, or other aspects
Our most prestigious award, the LABBC Portfolio of the Year Award, recognizes the property owner or manager who has made the greatest impact year over year, implementing energy and water upgrades at scale across a portfolio.

Criteria

  • Savings Indexes — pre-project EUI or Energy Star score divided by % energy savings and % water savings (actual or projected for projects in process)
  • % energy and water use intensity reduction since 2009 (or since taking ownership), as reported through Portfolio Manager, for each project
  • Qualitative factors including:
    • Alignment with organization-wide commitment
    • Market context
    • Stakeholder engagement
    • Innovation in technology, execution, financing, or other aspects
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