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Sustainable Zero Net Energy: Identifying the Essentials for Solutions

Conference Proceedings, 2012
http://www.rmi.org/Knowledge-Center/Library/2012-08_ACEEESustainableZeroNetEnergy

This paper explores the challenges and opportunities available for the electricity and buildings industries as the adoption of distributed generation, energy efficiency, and zero net energy designs grow.

 

Achieving Passivhaus Standard in North America: Lessons Learned

Journal or Magazine Article, 2011
http://www.rmi.org/Knowledge-Center/Library/2011-20_AchievingPassivhausStandard
This paper will introduce and explore the Passive House standard design approach and requirements as well as demonstrate its application to new and retrofit projects in the North American context. Drawing from expertise on the early Passive House projects in the US and Germany, as well as on the ground experience of more recent successful and unsuccessful Passive House projects in North America, a journey toward the best practices in design application, cost and certification will be discussed. A brief review of the various products and systems incorporated in North American projects to meet the aggressive requirements of the passive house standard will also be introduced.

 

RMI's Top Federal Energy Policy Goals

Report or White Paper, 2009
http://www.rmi.org/Knowledge-Center/Library/2009-01_FederalEnergyPolicyGoals

This 19-page memo to the Obama administration outlines 17 goals that can reduce U.S. oil use and greenhouse gas emissions each by 50% in 10 years. These policies would also create over three million jobs in the next four years, and earning a profit for the nation in under 25 years. The recommendations include both demand and supply side goals in multiple sectors (buildings, transportation, industrial, electricity and heat, and liquid fuels). The recommendations also contain five overarching goals: the Smart Grid is installed, enhancing energy security, enabling distributed resources, and integrating electrified vehicles; better electricity end-use data are available; a new corps of workers is trained to power the clean energy economy; all energy subsidies are consistently reviewed, transparently displayed, and thoroughly addressed; and government purchasing power spurs the clean energy economy.

 

The Energy Challenge: A New Agenda for Corporate Real Estate

Report or White Paper, 2007
http://www.rmi.org/Knowledge-Center/Library/2007-14_CorenetEnergyChallenge
From June of 2006 to April of 2007, the RMI and CoreNet Global team carried out research focused on identifying barriers, documenting successes, and outlining recommendations for the increased incorporation of energy efficiency in corporate real estate. The research included an online survey administered to over 240 real estate professionals as well as analysis of more than 15 corporations successfully incorporating energy efficiency measures and programs. The report concludes that corporations think about energy efficiency and believe it is growing in importance, yet they don’t have the management structures in place to realize improvements effectively.

 

Energy Performance Contracting for New Buildings

Guide, 2004
http://www.rmi.org/Knowledge-Center/Library/D04-23_EnergyPerformanceNewBuildings
This guide, published by Eley Associates in consultation with RMI, can be used as a source of information to help designers and builders decide if performance contracting and performance-based fees are appropriate for specific projects. A step-by-step guide to creating performance contracts is provided.