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Built Environment - Energy-Efficient Design 27 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.

 

Comment on "Opportunities and challenges for a sustainable energy future" on Nature.com

Letter, 2012
http://www.rmi.org/Knowledge-Center/Library/2012-09_CommentOnNature.com

This comment was posted on Nature.com in response to “Opportunties and challenges for a sustainable energy future” by Steven Chu and Arun Mujumdar. In it, Amory Lovins argues that integrating the Department of Energy's technological solutions with innovative design, strategy, and public policy could solve many energy problems.

 

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.

 

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.

 

BEM Summit Pre-read

Report or White Paper, 2011
http://www.rmi.org/Knowledge-Center/Library/2011-21_BEMPre-read

This document was written as preparatory material for all Building Energy Modeling (BEM) Innovation Summit attendees prior to the actual event.  The purpose of this document was to provide all attendees with an understanding of the history and current state of the energy modeling industry within the United States. Specifically, this Pre-Read document: - Begins to identify a vision for the future of energy modeling and identify gaps between that vision and the current state; - Identifies gaps and barriers within the energy modeling sector to support the development of the agenda for the summit; and - Saved time at the summit by getting everyone on the same page in terms of background knowledge and serving as an information source during the breakout groups.

 

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.

 

Autodesk AEC Headquarters and Integrated Project Delivery: Factor Ten Engineering Case Study

Report or White Paper, 2010
http://www.rmi.org/Knowledge-Center/Library/2010-16_AutodeskCaseStudy

This paper describes the design and construction of Autodesk’s Headquarters building. The building was a “triple win”: design and construction costs were below target (benefiting both the design-build team and owner); designer and contractor profits exceeded targets; and the building achieved LEED-CI Platinum and all other goals. The building demonstrates several principles of factor-ten engineering.

 

Pulling the Levers on Existing Buildings: A Simple Method for Calibrating Hourly Energy Models

Conference Proceedings, 2010
http://www.rmi.org/Knowledge-Center/Library/2010-12_PullingLeversExistingBuildings
Comprehensive building retrofits require an investment grade audit in conjunction with a calibrated hourly energy model. Even with the most thorough audit processes, uncertainty still remains when identifying and modeling building parameters. This uncertainty propagates throughout the final calibrated model and affects the quality of the energy saving estimates. This paper, geared towards the typical energy analyst, provides a step-by-step process for achieving more reliable results by calibrating an energy model based on actual utility data.

 

Energy Modeling at Each Design Phase: Strategies to Minimize Design Energy Use

Journal or Magazine Article, 2010
http://www.rmi.org/Knowledge-Center/Library/2010-27_EnergyModelingDesignPhase
Design teams often use energy modeling as an accounting or code compliance tool to establish that minimum requirements are met. Used in this way, significant opportunities to inform and improve building design are overlooked. Properly used, energy modeling can provide outputs that optimize a building’s energy consumption, reduce life cycle costs, and even reduce first cost. This paper will review how and when design teams typically use energy modeling in each design phase (concept phase, schematic design, design development, and construction documentation) and describe strategies for each phase that can lead to lower energy use buildings.

 

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