4th Annual Innovation Awards

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CONGRATULATIONS TO THIS YEAR’S WINNERS!

Energy Efficiency 

Project of the Year

Water Efficiency 

Project of the Year

Portfolio of the Year

Walk the Walk Award

Inaugural Sustainability Innovator of the Year

Gary Gero
Chief Sustainability Officer
County of Los Angeles

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors appointed Gary Gero to be the County’s first chief sustainability officer in November 2016. His duties include: building and launching the largest community choice energy program in California; creating a countywide sustainability plan that addresses regional environmental, economic and equity issues; and serving as the key environmental advisor to the Board of Supervisors.

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Innovation Awards Panel Discussion

When we think about “innovation,” we often think of technological advances. But it’s people who innovate –free-thinkers who question commonly-held beliefs, break traditional business models and reimagine what’s possible. Our distinguished panel discussed this idea of innovation, and how their organizations are bucking the status quo to transform industries and create positive change.

Innovation Awards Finalists

Energy Efficiency Finalists


Building Name: City National Plaza
Address: 505 – 555 South Flower Street
Owner: CommonWealth Partners

After earning ENERGY STAR certification for the last 11 years and installing a range of performance upgrades, in 2017, City National Plaza continued to drive down energy use by installing high performance window film on the south-facing windows of both towers (225,000 sq. ft. of glass), resulting in over 1.6 million kWh of electricity savings through reduced cooling loads.


Building Name: Figueroa at Wilshire
Address: 601 S Figueroa
Owner: Brookfield Property Partners

Not content to sit back after achieving LEED Gold and ENERGY STAR certifications, Fig at Wilshire carried out comprehensive audits to uncover additional savings opportunities. Chiller plant upgrades and numerous lighting retrofits resulted in a 10% year over year reduction in energy use, a 280 kW decrease in energy demand, and a 9.4% reduction in energy costs.


Building Name:
The Museum of
Contemporary Art
Address: 250 S. Grand Ave

Utilizing a complex bypass and energy management control scheme, MOCA replaced all 10 air conditioning units with modern equipment, added a new Digital Energy Management System, and replaced all lighting with LED fixtures without shutting down the Museum or varying temperature or humidity by more than 1%. Six months following completion, the Museum has reduced its electrical consumption by >50%.

Water Efficiency Finalists


Address: 1200 W 7th St
Owner: Rising Realty Partners

Many buildings in Los Angeles have issues with groundwater infiltration subterranean garages and underground mechanical rooms. Traditionally, this water is diverted to a sump, treated, and discharged to the sewer system. At 1200 West 7th Street, Rising Realty turned this problem into a resource by diverting the treated groundwater from the sump to the cooling tower, where it offsets approximately 1.2 million gallons of potable water use per year.


Address: 6922 Hollywood Blvd
Owner: Hudson Pacific Properties

From 2016 to 2017, Hudson Pacific achieved a 14% in reduction in water use by installing a range of cost-effective upgrades including upgraded plumbing fixtures and adding VFDs on domestic water pumping systems.


Building Name: Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
Address: 8700 Beverly Blvd

An underground river runs under portions of the City, including the area in West LA where the Cedars Sinai Medical Center campus sits. The water must be diverted in order to maintain the structural safety of the buildings above it, but rather than simply send the water to the sewer Cedars’ Ground Water Reuse System takes water that runs beneath the campus, treats it and uses it for industrial cooling purposes on the Main Campus. This project has estimated annual potable water savings of over 27 million gallons per year, and completely eliminated the costs and energy that were previously associated with disposing of this ground water.


Building: West LA Hospital Campus
Address: 6041 Cadillac Ave
Owner: Kaiser Permanente

An outstanding example of their portfolio-wide sustainability efforts, in 2017 Kaiser completed a comprehensive water-saving retrofit of its West LA Hospital Campus, which included construction of a 33,000 gallon cistern to collect water for irrigation, a range of plumbing upgrades, and improvements to their cooling tower water treatment. Together these projects contributed a reduction in water use of over 17% from 2016 to 2017, a significant step towards their goal to reduce water consumption 25% per square foot across the portfolio.

Portfolio of the Year Finalists


Portfolio: Brookfield Properties
Number of Properties: 6

Brookfield owns and manages 6 LEED certified properties, covering over 9 million square feet of class A office space in Downtown Los Angeles. Brookfield focuses on providing the highest quality commercial office space while bringing responsible environmental solutions and innovative energy saving strategies to our tenants and the communities where we work. Their average Energy Star score of 93.3 shows that the efforts are paying off.


Portfolio: CommonWealth Partners
Number of Properties: 2

CommonWealth Partners achieved its 20% energy and carbon reduction targets three years early, and the reductions in portfolio-wide energy consumption have had a direct impact on the company’s operating expenses and value creation. CommonWealth sets ongoing goals and identifies projects by completing comprehensive audits every five years, prior to budget season, and engages tenants in the process through their leases and through direct engagement.


Portfolio: Douglas Emmett
Number of Properties: 37

With one of the largest portfolios of Class A property in Los Angeles, Douglas Emmett has a long track record of investing in upgrades to reduce energy consumption, increase operational efficiency, and shrink their carbon footprint. Through careful planning, Douglas Emmett utilizes utility rebates to pursue zero-cost projects, and completed upgrades to 26 buildings through the LADWP Commercial Lighting Improve Program (CLIP) in 2017 alone. Additional projects include cooling tower and plumbing upgrades, HVAC retrofits, and controls enhancements. Cumulatively, these projects have helped raise their average Energy Star score from an 80 to a 90.

Walk the Walk Finalists


Building Name: Central Utility Plant
Address: Los Angeles International Airport

The Central Utility Plant (CUP) at LAX has implemented various energy conservation measures to become 20% more efficient and save approximately 5 million kWh annually. The use of high-efficiency motors and variable frequency drives further reduces electricity use by half, saving another 1.6 million kWh annually. The new turbines and boilers use natural gas and state-of-the-art pollution control equipment resulted in a reduction of nearly 4,900 tons of CO2 emissions annually.


Building Name:
Olive View Medical Center
Address: 14445 Olive View Drive

The LA County Olive View facility installed a safe chemical feed that would delivery a pH control product to the cooling tower system without backpressure. Control of the product includes a system that shuts off the pump if the pH is outside of set limits. The delivery method includes double contained feed lines, a pump enclosure and a fixture to allow mixing prior to introducing the pH control product to the system water. The solution is unique and provided a safe solution for the site to move forward and ultimately save a large amount of water.


Building Name: Central Community Police Station
Address: 251 East 6th Street

LAPD’s Central Community Police Station aims to reduce its energy and water use in order to support the city’s sustainability goals. Projects include installing LEDs, VFDs for their parking structure exhaust fans, water submeters for their cooling towers, and low flow fixtures. The facility has made an effort to engage its stakeholders throughout the process, including at the audit and pre-construction stages.

Awards 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

  • % energy use intensity reduction for 2017, as reported through Portfolio Manager
  • % 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

  • % water use intensity reduction for 2017, as reported through Portfolio Manager
  • % 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

  • % energy and water use intensity reduction for 2017, for each project, as reported through Portfolio Manager% energy and water use intensity reduction since 2009 (or since taking ownership), for each project, 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 Walk the Walk Award will be presented to the Public building that has achieved the most significant year over year energy and water savings, as judged by a panel of peers and industry experts.

Criteria

  • % energy and water use intensity reduction for 2017, as reported through Portfolio Manager
  • % 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

Collaborating Organizations

Institutional Sponsors