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Reports from the BEM Innovation Summit

Innovation Summit Post Report

In March of 2011, Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) convened an invited group of key stakeholders within the building energy modeling community to increase collaboration and develop implementation plans to address key barriers.

This summit report:

  • Briefly describes the motivation for convening the Building Energy Modeling (BEM) Innovation Summit,
  • Provides a recap of the group events and discussions from the summit,
  • Provides a detailed summary from each breakout group, and
  • Presents implementation plans for some key action items and projects that came out of each breakout group’s work over the 2-day Summit.


Post Summit Pre-Proposals

Additionally, RMI wrote nine “Pre-Proposals” after the summit, as an attempt to further flesh out the implementation items identified by the breakout groups. The “Pre-Proposals” were developed solely by RMI and do not represent the consensus of all summit attendees. RMI intends for these Pre-Proposals to be a starting point for anyone pursuing funding for these efforts and anticipates that the group that is championing each effort will edit these as needed.

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BEM Innovation Summit Pre-Read Report

This document was written as preparatory material for all Building Energy Modeling (BEM) Innovation Summit attendees prior to the actual event.  The purpose of this document was to provide all attendees with an understanding of the history and current state of the energy modeling industry within the United States. 

Specifically, this Pre-Read document:

  • Begins to identify a vision for the future of energy modeling and identify gaps between that vision and the current state;
  • Identifies gaps and barriers within the energy modeling sector to support the development of the agenda for the summit; and
  • Saved time at the summit by getting everyone on the same page in terms of background knowledge and serving as an information source during the breakout groups.