Buildings represent the largest single share of global energy use, and a major opportunity for profitable investment by the companies that occupy them. Buildings currently account for 60 percent of worldwide electricity demand and 40 percent of primary energy consumption in most countries, and much of this energy is currently wasted or unneeded. As a result, the global market for building energy efficiency is immense—currently $87 billion per year.
Inspired by CoreNet Global’s 2013 call for companies to strive for net-zero energy in their facilities, RMI and CoreNet co-wrote a 2014 paper, Next-Generation Energy Management, providing a set of strategic solutions that present clear evidence for the benefits of taking action and provides the direction corporate real estate professionals need to set and achieve the highest goals practical and profitable for building energy performance. The solutions provide information and real-world examples, informed by extensive third-party research and guided by interviews with 14 key industry experts.