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Built Environment - Buildings--Commercial 41 Items

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Deep Energy Retrofits in GSA Buildings

Report or White Paper, 2013
http://www.rmi.org/Knowledge-Center/Library/2013-10_GSAReportCharette

GSA, DOE, FEMP, and Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) convened a charrette at GSA offices in Washington, D.C. on March 4, 2013 to explore opportunities for deep energy retrofit ESPCs. The goals of the charrette were to: 1. Solicit input from energy service companies (ESCOs) on achieving deep retrofits and provide an opportunity for open discussion, continuing the process that began at the 2011 Boulder charrette; 2. Discuss barriers and solutions to “raise the bar” on energy savings provided through ESPCs; 3. Develop a list of lessons learned and best practices to increase the potential cost savings across the GSA portfolio; 4. Renew enthusiasm at the agency and ESCOs.

 

Using Contracting to Improve Building Project Delivery and Achieve Sustainability Goals

Report or White Paper, 2013
http://www.rmi.org/Knowledge-Center/Library/2013-15_IMFContractingRpt

Several interrelated problems with traditional building project delivery inhibit building project teams from achieving aggressive sustainability goals. This document will describe how contracting can address these problems and help teams achieve goals.

 

Working Together for Sustainability: The RMI-BOMA Guide for Landlords and Tenants

Report or White Paper, 2012
http://www.rmi.org/Knowledge-Center/Library/2012-05_GuideForLandlordsTenants

This guide is the result of a 2011 workshop put on by RMI and BOMA International to address some of the nontechnical barriers to energy efficiency in commercial buildings, especially those barriers related to split incentives between building landlords and tenants. This guide provides a framework for instituting cooperative and productive relationships between building landlords and tenants and seeks to address some of the non-technological barriers to energy efficiency, such as split incentives, tenant behavior, and transparency. Five actionable steps that are outlined in the guide are: make energy use and costs more transparent; engage building occupants in saving energy; incorporate energy efficiency in tenant fit-outs; plan ahead for deep energy retrofits; and structure agreements to benefit both parties.

 

A Farewell to Fossil Fuels: Answering the Energy Challenge

Journal or Magazine Article, 2012
http://www.rmi.org/Knowledge-Center/Library/2012-01_FarewellToFossilFuels

In this article published in Foreign Affairs, Amory Lovins describes a U.S. transition from fossil fuels--a blueprint detailed in Reinventing Fire-- that requires pursuing three agendas. First, radical automotive efficiency can make electrification affordable and save fuel in heavy vehicles; and all vehicles can be used more productively. Second, new designs can make buildings and factories several times more efficient than they are now. Third, modernizing the electric system to make it diverse, distributed, and renewable can also make it clean, reliable and secure. Getting the U.S. off fossil fuels would transform its foreign policy, and turbocharge global development. He argues that we don't have to wait for congress to seize these opportunities.

This article is also available to read at Foreign Affairs.

 

GSA Net Zero Renovation Challenge Charrette

Report or White Paper, 2011
http://www.rmi.org/Knowledge-Center/Library/2011-18_GSANetZero

The General Services Administration (GSA), Office of Federal High Performance Green Buildings (OFHPGB) and the Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) have launched an effort to enhance and increase the usage of Energy Savings Performance Contracts (ESPCs) on GSA buildings. Rocky Mountain Institute and GSA convened a workshop in 2011 in order to examine the existing ESPC structure and process, and identify improvements to unlock the possibility of deep savings and eventual net zero ESPCs. Attendees examined ways to modify and expand the ESPC process to attain deeper energy savings during comprehensive retrofits of existing buildings. This report summarizes the discussion in and outcomes of the workshop. Read our 2013 GSA Charrette Report here.

 

Green Footstep: Calculations and Data Sources

Report or White Paper, 2011
http://www.rmi.org/Knowledge-Center/Library/2011-11_GreenFootstep
Green Footstep is an online assessment tool for reducing carbon emissions from building construction projects and is publicly available at greenfootstep.org. The Green Footstep tool guides the user through the process of life cycle carbon assessment, and then reveals how users can theoretically reduce the net carbon emissions. Some description of the calculation method is provided on the website; however the calculations and data sources are not provided in detail. This paper provides these calculations and data sources in order to make the Green Footstep methodology completely accessible to the general public.

 

Reinventing Fire Buildings Sector Methodology

Report or White Paper, 2011
http://www.rmi.org/Knowledge-Center/Library/2011-13_RFbuildingssectormethodology
This document provides RMI's methodology for the analysis of the buildings sector in Reinventing Fire.

 

Deep Energy Retrofit of Commercial Buildings: A Key Pathway Toward Low-Carbon Cities

Journal or Magazine Article, 2011
http://www.rmi.org/Knowledge-Center/Library/2011-12_DeepEnergyRetrofitArticle
Energy efficiency of commercial buildings is a fundamental part of the solution for developing low carbon cities worldwide. Existing commercial buildings consume significant energy, as well as presenting great requirements and opportunities for energy-efficient retrofits. This article introduces an approach to commercial building retrofits that achieve large energy savings with attractive economics. A case study is used to illustrate the procedure of conducting deep retrofits of large commercial buildings. The article also presents a ‘pilot-to-portfolio’ approach that can amplify outcomes of single building retrofit to buildings within the same portfolio.

 

Going Deeper: A New Approach for Encouraging Retrofits

Report or White Paper, 2011
http://www.rmi.org/Knowledge-Center/Library/2011-19_GoingDeeperEncouragingRetrofits
This paper describes a new approach to demand-side management that promotes whole-building projects and encourages owners, energy service providers, and utilities to work together for significant energy savings.

 

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.

 

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