Better Buildings Toolkit: Efficiency as a Service
Explore the efficiency-as-a-service solution. It is a pay-for-performance, off-balance sheet financing solution that allows customers to implement energy and water efficiency projects with no upfront capital expenditure.
Efficiency-as-a-service is a pay-for-performance, off-balance sheet financing solution that allows customers to implement energy and water efficiency projects with no upfront capital expenditure. Efficiency-as-a-service is gaining popularity because it overcomes market barriers that other mechanisms do not, and it limits customer performance risk while still providing an avenue for short-term energy and cost savings.
The energy services agreement (ESA) is the most common type of arrangement, but other models such as lumens-as-a-service and energy subscription agreements are also in use. This toolkit provides resources and project case studies for building owners, operators, and occupants that may want to take advantage of efficiency-as-a-service to improve energy and water performance in their facilities.
In this episode of the BERcast, guest speaker Xavier Walter from BPA talks with BER's Chris McTaggart and Sandy Gallo about the opportunities in the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) for building performance professionals in the industry.
This introductory course, presented in slideshow format, is designed to be a starting point for those interested in any career in residential energy efficiency. The course provides learners with basic information on how homes work through the lens of building science.