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Built Environment - Retrofit 19 Items

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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/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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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

Report or White Paper, 2012
http://www.rmi.org/Knowledge-Center/Library/2012-05_GuideForLandlordsTenants

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
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.

 

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

Journal or Magazine Article, 2011
http://www.rmi.org/Knowledge-Center/Library/2011-12_DeepEnergyRetrofitArticle
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.

 

Achieving Passivhaus Standard in North America: Lessons Learned

Journal or Magazine Article, 2011
http://www.rmi.org/Knowledge-Center/Library/2011-20_AchievingPassivhausStandard
This paper will introduce and explore the Passive House standard design approach and requirements as well as demonstrate its application to new and retrofit projects in the North American context. Drawing from expertise on the early Passive House projects in the US and Germany, as well as on the ground experience of more recent successful and unsuccessful Passive House projects in North America, a journey toward the best practices in design application, cost and certification will be discussed. A brief review of the various products and systems incorporated in North American projects to meet the aggressive requirements of the passive house standard will also be introduced.

 

Life Cycle Cost Analysis: Is it Worth the Effort?

Journal or Magazine Article, 2010
http://www.rmi.org/Knowledge-Center/Library/2010-24_LCCA
Life cycle cost analysis (LCCA) is often considered important for both new and retrofit building construction projects but is rarely implemented, often because it is perceived to be “not worth the effort.” This paper addresses the question of whether an LCCA is worth the effort. This paper also provides an overview of how to do an LCCA including establishing the baseline and bundling measures. A case study is also provided.

 

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.

 

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