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Built Environment - Buildings--Public 16 Items

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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.

 

Global Ecology Center at Stanford University: Factor Ten Engineering Case Study

Report or White Paper, 2011
http://www.rmi.org/Knowledge-Center/Library/2011-08_10xEGlobalEcologyCenter

 

Whole-Building Retrofits: A Gateway to Climate Stabilization

Conference Proceedings, 2010
http://www.rmi.org/Knowledge-Center/Library/2010-11_WholeBuildingRetrofits
This paper discusses creative elements of deep whole building retrofits. It discusses process and technique, how to select suitable buildings, the key players that must be involved, project development tasks the design team must complete, and tools and skills that engineers will need to acquire to comprehensively and cost- effectively retrofit the existing commercial building stock.

 

Accelerating Campus Climate Initiatives: Breaking Through Barriers

Book or Book Chapter, 2009
http://www.rmi.org/Knowledge-Center/Library/2009-17_AcceleratingCampusClimateInitiatives
Accelerating Campus Climate Initiatives: Breaking Through Barriers is a practical guide for anyone working to reduce greenhouse gas emissions at a college or university: sustainability directors, CFOs, presidents, students, faculty, and staff. The book covers five topics: climate action planning, buildings and utilities, renewable energy, transportation, and carbon offsets. Buy the book now.

 

Sense and Response: A Bioclimatic Dialogue of Place

Journal or Magazine Article, 2009
http://www.rmi.org/Knowledge-Center/Library/2009-04_BioclimaticDialogueOfPlace
This paper analyzes human's historical and contemporary responses to the biological environment.

 

Policy of Energy Change

Interview, 2008
http://www.rmi.org/Knowledge-Center/Library/E08-07_PolicyEnergyChange

In this interview, Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper and Amory Lovins discuss energy policy. Topics discussed include walkable cities, how to drill for efficiency, and what governments can do to accelerate clean energy. The importance and opportunity of legislation on a local level are emphasized. Domestic drilling, funding sources for clean energy, putting a price on carbon and motivating change are other topics discussed. Amory concludes by describing the security issues related to our electric grid, and the necessary steps to build a more reliable and localized energy infrastructure.

 

Accelerating Progress Toward a Sustainable Hawai'i Island

Report or White Paper, 2007
http://www.rmi.org/Knowledge-Center/Library/2007-16_SustainableHawaiiIsland
This report is the end product of RMI's project with Hawai'i County, in which RMI reviewed the County's goals, developed a whole-system conceptual framework to evaluate the goals, made recommendations that would help Hawai'i County lead by example, and suggested ways of measuring progress toward those goals.

 

Design for Health: Summit for Massachusetts Health Care Decision Makers

Report or White Paper, 2005
http://www.rmi.org/Knowledge-Center/Library/D05-11_DesignForHealthMassachusetts
This report describes the process and outcomes of RMI's Design for Health, a summit for Massachusetts health care decision makers. The Summit was a meeting of healthcare facility decision makers addressing the opportunities and challenges in implementing sustainable design principles in the Massachusetts healthcare construction marketplace.

 

Introduction to Green Building: Environmental Sensitivity with Building Materials

Fact-sheet or One-pager, 2003
http://www.rmi.org/Knowledge-Center/Library/D03-16_GreenBuildingEnvironmentalBuildingMaterials
This article about environmentally sensitive building materials is the second in a series about green building. The author details the environmental impact of building materials, including concrete, metals, wood, and carpeting.

 

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