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Energy Efficiency and Net-Zero Buildings: GSA & RMI Answer the Call (Executive Summary)

Conference Proceedings, Guide, 2015
http://www.rmi.org/Knowledge-Center/Library/GSAPtoPWS2015-Exec Summ

THE GSA’S COMMITMENT


The nation’s largest landlord is answering President Obama’s call to pursue deep energy savings and netzero energy in buildings. Earlier this spring, the President and Congress each issued directives that extended aggressive energy efficiency goals into the next decade, drawing attention to topics like net-zero energy and promoting sustainability more broadly in the federal government.1 Shortly after these mandates were passed, the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) and Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) held the 2015 Practice Into Performance Workshop, convening the GSA, a variety of other federal agencies, and private energy service companies (ESCOs) to help the federal government achieve deeper energy savings through performance contracting. The event provided the perfect platform for all stakeholders to share past successes, acquire new tools, and break down barriers to achieve deep energy savings.

Translating deep energy retrofit best practices into performance is easier said than done, as demonstrated by the relatively low level of savings delivered from energy savings performance contracts (ESPCs) throughout the federal government, 19 percent on average2

. Research and experience demonstrates that we can retrofit buildings economically to deliver much deeper energy, cost, and carbon savings.

 

Energy Efficiency and Net-Zero Buildings: GSA & RMI Answer the Call (Executive Summary)

Conference Proceedings, Presentation, 2015
http://www.rmi.org/Knowledge-Center/Library/GSAPtoPWS2015-ExecSumm

THE GSA’S COMMITMENT


The nation’s largest landlord is answering President Obama’s call to pursue deep energy savings and netzero energy in buildings. Earlier this spring, the President and Congress each issued directives that extended aggressive energy efficiency goals into the next decade, drawing attention to topics like net-zero energy and promoting sustainability more broadly in the federal government.1 Shortly after these mandates were passed, the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) and Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) held the 2015 Practice Into Performance Workshop, convening the GSA, a variety of other federal agencies, and private energy service companies (ESCOs) to help the federal government achieve deeper energy savings through performance contracting. The event provided the perfect platform for all stakeholders to share past successes, acquire new tools, and break down barriers to achieve deep energy savings.

Translating deep energy retrofit best practices into performance is easier said than done, as demonstrated by the relatively low level of savings delivered from energy savings performance contracts (ESPCs) throughout the federal government, 19 percent on average. Research and experience demonstrates that we can retrofit buildings economically to deliver much deeper energy, cost, and carbon savings.

 

Next Generation Energy Management: A Roadmap to the Next Level of Performance Phase One Report

Report or White Paper, 2014
http://www.rmi.org/Knowledge-Center/Library/RMI-CNGNext GenEnergyMgmt Performance-PhaseOn_2014-07

CoreNet Global and Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) have established a new research and engagement collaboration to help corporations develop and execute next generation energy management plans to drive corporate energy performance to the highest possible level; transforming corporate real estate energy use away from fossil fuels through increased investment in efficiency and renewable energy. Our approach to achieving this goal is to enable corporations to profitably leverage important emerging and fast-changing drivers of energy efficiency and renewables investment in their own businesses.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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