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OuTFiTTiNg FACiLiTiES wiTh AN EyE ON ENErgy STAr CErTiFiCATiON AUTHOR sharon smith, energy Manager COMPANY office depot chAllenge: Outfitting facilities to comply with federal guidelines can put companies on the road to receiving ENERGY STAR certification. Finding the right tools will help companies accurately assess energy usage and explore options for lowering energy costs. best PrActice: Office Depot has demonstrated a commitment to environmental stewardship while also lowering energy costs. The company developed an environmental strategy back in 2002, earlier than most Fortune 500 companies. A major part of the strategy is making Office Depot buildings more energy efficient. Initiatives have included upgrading energy management systems and air conditioning units, installing sky lights and replacing HID lamps with T-5 lamps and micro-mat reflectors. Any company, no matter its size, can develop a similar strategy by following the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Guidelines for Energy Management, found on The seven steps are easy to follow and include making a commitment to energy management, assessing baseline performance, creating and implementing an action plan and evaluating the progress of this plan. ENERGY STAR provides free tools and resources to evaluate progress by measuring the energy use in facilities. For many types of commercial buildings, energy information can be entered into EPA’s free on-line tool, Portfolio Manager. The tool will automatically score buildings on a scale of 1-100. Buildings that score 75 or above qualify for the ENERGY STAR Certification. results: Office Depot has used Portfolio Manager to monitor its stores against the baseline year of 2004 when the energy efficiency initiatives began. In 2011, Office Depot won the top three spots for retail energy efficiency gains in the 2011 ENERGY STAR National Building Competition. Two of the Office Depot stores were the only retail outlets in the top 10 list across all industries. The competition featured teams from 245 buildings across the country in a head-tohead battle to save energy, reduce costs and protect Americans’ health and the environment. Office Depot has more than 350 sites eligible to qualify for ENERGY STAR Certification. For a location to receive this recognition it must be verified by a licensed Professional Engineer (PE) or Registered Architect (RA) with working knowledge of commercial building systems, ASHRAE Standard 55, ASHRAE Standard 62.1 and the IESNA Lighting Handbook. For businesses that don’t have a PE or RA on staff, certification can be costly. Portfolio Manager is an invaluable free benchmarking tool for monitoring progress in achieving energy and cost reduction goals and making adjustments accordingly. VeriFicAtion oF eFFiciency And sAVings cAPtured: Office Depot has used Portfolio Manager to monitor its stores against the baseline year of 2004 when the energy efficiency initiatives began. To date, Office Depot has reduced Portfolio Adjusted Percent Energy Use by 33.1 percent, making Office Depot eligible for an Energy Star Leader’s Award. The company won a Leader’s Award in 2010 for reducing its energy consumption by more than twenty percent. 52 | 2012 Best Practices

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of PRSM 2012 Best Practices

Conducting Multi-Site Paving Improvements to Ensure Continuity
Conducting Multi-Site Paving Improvements to Ensure Continuity
Exterior Rebranding
Exterior Rebranding
Getting the Most Value Out of Roof Management
Getting the Most Value Out of Roof Management
Pervious Concrete Pavement Solves Drainage Challenge
Pervious Concrete Pavement Solves Drainage Challenge
Pervious Pavement: Concrete Solutions to Driveway Stormwater Drainage and Sustainability Problems
Pervious Pavement: Concrete Solutions to Driveway Stormwater Drainage and Sustainability Problems
Applying Bipolar Ionization to Improve Indoor Air Quality and Save Energy
Determining Responsibility for Ceiling Leaks
HVAC Maintenance and Repairs Quote Review
Managing HVAC Energy Usage Without Installing an Energy Management System
Solving HVAC Issues on Landlord Operated Systems
Creating a Standardized Cleaning Chemical Program
Floor Replacement Planning and Execution
Improving Pest Control Monitoring to Maintain Store Cleanliness
Streamlining Store Cleaning Through Internal Benchmarking
LED Conversion Bolsters Ambiance, Bottom Line and Environment.
LED Gas Canopy Lighting Upgrade
Lighting Maintenance
Retrofitting Signage with LED Technology
Performing Basic Troubleshooting to Save Money
Implementing Repair Audits to Ensure Customer Safety
Improving Quality, Cost and Schedule Through Safety Education
Managing Extended Power Outages Through Emergency Response
Managing Risk Through Slip Resistance Testing
Creating Energy Teams to Pursue Opportunities
Formulating Green Solutions
Making Data Centers LEED Compliant
Outfitting Facilities with an Eye on ENERGY STAR Certification
Recycling Cooling Water From Air Conditioning Systems for Toilet and Landscaping Use
Sustainability-How the Facilities Team Can Contribute
Driving Down Waste Expense
Reducing Trash and Recycling Expense for Retail Locations
Transferring Compactor Maintenance to a Service Vendor
Waste Service Efficiency and Compliance
Waste Evaluation and Right Sizing to Reduce Cost
Asset and Service Warranty Tracking and Management: More Fully Realizing the Value of Budget Expenditures
Conducting an Organized Meeting
Proactive Maintenance Scheduling and Delivery
Repair Reductions by Participating in Design and Construction Table
Streamlining the Store Closing Process
Achieving Process Improvement Through Onsite Assessment of KPIs
Forecasting a Maintenance and Repair Budget
How to Calculate Return on Investment
Tracking Finances for Facilities
Centralizing Vendor Training and Management
Creating a Service Vendor Call Center to Save End Users’ Money
Answering a Call Status Challenge with an IVR Solution
Communicating Product Recalls Using a CMMS-Inspired Module
Doing More with Less and Saving Money in the Process
Ensuring the Accuracy of Web-Based Maintenance Requests
Establishing an End to End Procure-to-Pay Process
Leveraging Existing Technologies to Provide Updated Process Improvements
Quality Management of Bundled Periodic Services
Reduced Dashboard Time at Supply Houses
Parking Lot Management
Creating Best-In-Class Snow and Ice Management White Paper
Energy Savings/HVAC Air Filter Bypass
Managing a Retail Lighting Retrofit Project – Bright Ways to Improve Your Lighting and Your Bottom Line!
Managing Energy Usage with Interval Meter Calibration
Navigating the Department of Energy’s Higher Efficiency Regulations
Supplier Insights into Competitive Sourcing White Paper
Testing HVAC System Options to Reduce Costs and Labor
Understanding Retail Facilities Sourcing White Paper
Glossary of Acronyms and Terms

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