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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.

 

Tapping Deep Retrofit Value

Fact-sheet or One-pager, 2014
http://www.rmi.org/Knowledge-Center/Library/2014-10_RMI_DRV-4pager

To assess a deep retrofit project, a professional must evaluate the outcomes of a deep energy retrofit on a given value element and then address how the outcomes create business value. But professionals need not evaluate and present each of the nine value elements. It may make most sense to select the most promising value elements for initial analysis and then proceed to the others, if possible, for a more complete analysis.

 

How to Calculate and Present Deep RetroFit Value: A Guide to Owner-Occupants (Executive Summary)

Fact-sheet or One-pager, 2014
http://www.rmi.org/Knowledge-Center/Library/2014-12_DRV-ExecutiveSummary

This might come as a surprise to some, but energy efficiency is about more than energy, and deep energy retrofits, which achieve superior energy savings over conventional retrofits and can reduce a building’s energy consumption by 50 percent or more, offer bottom-line benefits for business beyond energy cost savings alone. They generate substantial additional value that is typically ignored: improved employee health, productivity, and satisfaction; bolstered leadership credentials and reputation; access to tax, finance, and entitlement subsidies; improved risk management; reductions in non-energy operating costs; and higher occupancies, tenant retention, rents, and sales prices.

 

How to Calculate and Present Deep RetroFit Value: A Guide from Owner Occupants

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

Deep retrofits generate substantial value for owner-occupants, well beyond the energy cost savings . When all the benefits of deep retrofits are included in the calculation of value, deep retrofits can compete directly for company equity delivering rates of return, at reasonable risk, well in excess of most company’s “hurdle rates .”

 

Executive Summary: Workshop Report; 360 perspective oin Deep Energy Retrofits

Report or White Paper, 2014
http://www.rmi.org/Knowledge-Center/Library/2014-27_360PerspectiveonFederalDeepEnergyRetrofits-ExecSummary

Deep energy retrofits, which can save upwards of 50 percent or more of a building’s energy consumption, hold the key to enabling significant building energy use reductions and operational cost savings. They could also bring federal agencies into compliance with federal energy efficiency mandates. While this opportunity has long been recognized by energy service companies (ESCOs) and the General Services Administration (GSA), deep energy retrofits are still uncommon. There are several challenges, big and small, that have been explored over the past four years as part of the GSA’s National Deep Energy Retrofit (NDER) program. And as proof of concept, the GSA has anted up with a group of buildings and has demonstrated the power deep energy retrofits hold. However, there is still more work to be done.

 

360 Perspective on Federal Deep Energy Retrofits

Report or White Paper, 2014
http://www.rmi.org/Knowledge-Center/Library/2014-28_360PerspectiveonFederalDeepEnergyRetrofit

Many of these best practices impact current GSA processes, including: limiting task orders to match available human resources, keeping a comprehensive comment form throughout all reviews, and setting an agenda prior to weekly meetings. Other best practices surrounded project specifics, including: providing more information (e.g., utility escalation rates) at the preliminary assessment (PA) kickoff, scheduling baseline and measurement and verification (M&V) meetings separately from regular meetings, using an independent cost estimator, and adding appropriated funds into the planning process if possible. Lastly, for larger retrofits, using FEMP M&V Option C for three years during the M&V stage, then dropping back down to FEMP M&V Option A or Option B would be beneficial to verify the energy savings to the myriad stakeholders.1 Combining these methods provides more initial feedback and accuracy of savings without compromising the economics of the project, thus giving stakeholders tangible data to become more comfortable with the ESPC results and stream of payments. Gaining credibility with the stakeholders was an objective to achieve long-term viability for the program.

 

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.

 

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