The following provides details about the case studies and criteria for selection for the Better Buildings Case Competition:

•      City of Houston: Suggest ways that the City could build upon its existing policies and programs to create an even more effective environment that spurs greater investment in energy efficiency in its commercial building stock.

•      District of Columbia: Propose recommendations to the District of Columbia on a package of policy, financial, and other tools that the District should apply to the Walter Reed Army Medical Center site to ensure the upcoming redevelopment will achieve and maintain the District’s goals for energy and water efficiency.

•      HEI Hotels and Resorts: Suggest ways that hotel owners and brands can work within the guidelines of the franchise ownership agreement to promote energy efficiency projects and other socially responsible programs.

•      Cassidy Turley: Suggest solutions to the classic multitenant office building retrofit scenario, where the challenges of limited capital and split incentives between owners and tenants must be solved in order to implement energy efficiency projects.

The students were judged on the merits of their written proposals and today’s oral presentations, delivered to a panel of commercial real estate and energy experts. Two winners were recognized for each case study for the most innovative solution and the best proposal and were judged on criteria including:  considering policy, finance, business strategy, and program design; developing realistic, scalable, and implementable solutions; and analyzing the potential outcomes and likelihood of success.