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Built Environment: Areas of Focus

Rocky Mountain Institute's work in the built environment takes an integrated approach by seeking to increase energy efficiency while simultaneously addressing building and community design, comfort, and health. We invite you to explore our core built environment initiative work!


Buildings are the ultimate end-users for 68 percent of coal and 55 percent of natural gas in the United States. A huge opportunity exists to mitigate fossil fuel consumption in this sector, and it has yet to be exploited. Find out what RMI's is doing to identify this opportunity, both in theory and practice. Explore.


Super Efficient Housing

RMI’s Superefficient Housing Initiative (SHI) seeks to mainstream superefficiency in new residential design and construction, aiming to deliver housing that is at least 60 percent more efficient than today’s code at comparable costs. Explore.



Tools & Resources

Looking for tools and resources for improving resource efficiency in your building or buildings? If so, you’ve come to the right place. Explore.



BEM Exists – “Building Energy Modeling Solutions”

Competent energy and financial analysis is necessary to achieve the widespread adoption of whole systems retrofits. While the industry has grown rapidly in the past five years, we have been hampered by a number of issues that make it challenging to provide cost effective and high quality analysis. Explore.

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