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How to Caluculate and Present Deep Retrofit Value: A Guide for Owner-Occupants

Report or White Paper, 2014
http://www.rmi.org/Knowledge-Center/Library/RMIDeepRetrofitValue_January2014_2014-01

Energy efficiency building retrofits in the United States and around the world are attractive investments, but receive far less attention and capital than they deserve. This is in part due to a narrow definition of their value, typically focused on energy cost savings alone, and in part due to confusion and uncertainty about how to calculate, present, and justify such value as part of a retrofit capital request. This guide addresses this confusion and uncertainty, providing practical guidance to enable company leaders and building professionals to incorporate all the benefits of deep retrofits in their decision making— a robust land of untapped opportunity that sits just below the energy-cost-savings tip of the iceberg.

 

How to Caluculate and Present Deep RetroFit Value: A Guide for Owner-Occupants

Report or White Paper, 2014
http://www.rmi.org/Knowledge-Center/Library/http-//www.rmi.org/retrofit_depot_deepretrofitvalue#calculateforme

Energy efficiency building retrofits in the United States and around the world are attractive investments, but receive far less attention and capital than they deserve. This is in part due to a narrow definition of their value, typically focused on energy cost savings alone, and in part due to confusion and uncertainty about how to calculate, present, and justify such value as part of a retrofit capital request. This guide addresses this confusion and uncertainty, providing practical guidance to enable company leaders and building professionals to incorporate all the benefits of deep retrofits in their decision making— a robust land of untapped opportunity that sits just below the energy-cost-savings tip of the iceberg.

 

Superefficient Affordable Housing: Solutions to Hurdles

Report or White Paper, 2013
http://www.rmi.org/Knowledge-Center/Library/2013-03_SHISolutionsToHurdles

This paper describes the programmatic, financial, technical, and operational hurdles that stand in the way of increased energy efficiency in our affordable housing stock. It then explains possible solutions to each of these hurdles. Through the propagation of these solutions and the diminishment of these hurdles, it is possible to create an incentive structure that results in the rapid adoption of energy efficiency within our affordable housing stock.

 

Heat Pumps: An alternative to oil heat for the Northeast

Report or White Paper, 2013
http://www.rmi.org/Knowledge-Center/Library/2013-05_HeatPumps

Heating oil is an economic drain on the Northeast region of the US. Users of heating oil are at a crossroads, as the fuel is increasingly untenable for long-term use. Heat pumps are an attractive alternative to heating oil. While there are some barriers to the widespread adoption of heat pumps, states can take steps to address these barriers. Reducing the upfront cost of heat pumps will drive the industry toward self-sufficiency and resolve many of the other barriers.

 

Building the Electricity System of the Future: Fort Collins and FortZED

Report or White Paper, 2013
http://www.rmi.org/Knowledge-Center/Library/2013-07_FCFZFinalReport

Fort Collins Utilities has been working to meet its clean energy goals including a flagship effort, called FortZED, to build a net zero energy district in downtown Fort Collins. Fort Collins Utilities and its partners worked with the Electricity Innovation Lab (e-Lab) to design and carry-out a two-day charrette on November 7th and 8th, 2012. The charrette team identified innovative solutions to some of Fort Collins’ most difficult challenges around planning, investment, and execution of efficiency and renewable energy.

 

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.

 

Imagine a University

Presentation, 2013
http://www.rmi.org/Knowledge-Center/Library/2013-12_ImagineAUniversity

Amory Lovins' address to the 2nd Appalachian Leadership Summit and
 University of North Carolina Energy Leadership Challenge Appalachian State University, in Boone, North Carolina, 17 July 2013.

 

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.

 

Building Energy Modeling for Owners and Managers: A guide to Specifying and Securing Services

Report or White Paper, 2013
http://www.rmi.org/Knowledge-Center/Library/2013-17_BEMFOANDM

Building Energy Modeling for Owners and Managers : A Guide to Specifying and Securing Services was developed to help owners and managers define and procure modeling services in commercial new construction, renovation, or operation improvement projects. The topics and examples focus on issues relevant to the owner, including the value of modeling, types of services, and solicitation. The BEM concepts developed within this guide yield tips and resources to support successful application.

 

Request for Proposal for Building Energy Modeling Services

Guide, 2013
http://www.rmi.org/Knowledge-Center/Library/2013-18_BEMforOandMAppendix

This document serves as a template and comprehensive example of a request for proposal for securing building simulation performance modeling services for a fictional building. It is designed to help a building owner articulate the services they desire. It also directs the response format to facilitate proposal comparison to reveal distinguishing features. The template content can also be added to more broadly focused RFPs to address modeling service considerations.

 

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