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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

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

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

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 .”


Deep Energy Retrofits in GSA Buildings

Report or White Paper, 2013

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.


The missing link: Transforming deep retrofits into financial assets

Journal or Magazine Article, 2013

Deep retrofits -- those savings 50 percent or more energy and achieving superior sustainability performance -- are valuable yet largely untapped financial assets. This paper describes how to calculate all the value propositions of deep retrofits, enabling such investments to take their proper role as a central driver of company performance. Many comparisons have steadily improved the energy and sustainability performance of their buildings, primarily to minimise operating costs and keep pace with changing codes and standards. Many also have been searching for financially viable approaches to expand sustainability efforts to meet growing customer, employee and investor demand, but have struggled to link deeper energy/sustainability retrofits to attractive financial performance. This paper presents the 'missing links': how to calculate and present the value by deep retrofits of corporate real estate. The deep retrofit value model for corporations consists of nine 'value elements' organised around a traditional business valuation framework that starts with an evaluation of retrofit property costs and risks, and then details how a deep retrofit affects business costs, revenues and risks. If implemented broadly, corporations will enhance their competitive position and financial performace while helping to transform global energy use to create a clean, prosperous and secure future


Working Together for Sustainability: The RMI-BOMA Guide for Landlords and Tenants

Report or White Paper, 2012

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

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
This document provides RMI's methodology for the analysis of the buildings sector in Reinventing Fire.


Deep Energy Retrofit of Commercial Buildings: A Key Pathway Toward Low-Carbon Cities

Journal or Magazine Article, 2011
Energy efficiency of commercial buildings is a fundamental part of the solution for developing low carbon cities worldwide. Existing commercial buildings consume significant energy, as well as presenting great requirements and opportunities for energy-efficient retrofits. This article introduces an approach to commercial building retrofits that achieve large energy savings with attractive economics. A case study is used to illustrate the procedure of conducting deep retrofits of large commercial buildings. The article also presents a ‘pilot-to-portfolio’ approach that can amplify outcomes of single building retrofit to buildings within the same portfolio.


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