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Deep Energy Retrofits Using Energy Savings Performance Contracts: Success Stories

Report or White Paper, 2015
http://www.rmi.org/Knowledge-Center/Library/DeepEnergyRetrofitsUsingESPC

Energy savings performance contracts (ESPCs) have become a key mechanism for energy efficiency upgrades in recent years, with the federal market now exceeding $1 billion in gross annual revenue. ESPCs allow federal agencies to partner with an energy service company (ESCO) in order to complete energy savings projects without upfront capital costs or Congressional appropriations.

This report showcases eight case studies that highlight best practices in federal ESPCs. Highlighted projects— including seven federal and one municipal project— cumulatively exceed 600 billion BTUs in energy savings, with an average 58% energy use reduction.

 

Practice Guide: The Path to a Deep Energy Retrofit Using an Energy Savings Performance Contract

Guide, 2015
http://www.rmi.org/Knowledge-Center/Library/2015-02_Path_to_DR_using_ESPC

Seven key steps will help owners reach deeper energy savings through Energy Savings Performance Contracts (ESPCs). ESPCs are partnerships between a Federal agency and an energy service company (ESCO) that allow Federal agencies to complete energy-savings projects without upfront capital costs or special Congressional appropriations.

 

How to Calculate and Present Deep Retrofit Value

Report or White Paper, 2015
http://www.rmi.org/Knowledge-Center/Library/2014-07_RMI-DRVReportHiRes

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 real estate investors to incorporate all the benefits of efficiency retrofits into their decision making.

 

How to Calculate and Present Deep Retrofit Value (Executive Summary)

Report or White Paper, 2015
http://www.rmi.org/Knowledge-Center/Library/2015-08_RMI-DRVReportHiRes

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 real estate investors to incorporate all the benefits of efficiency retrofits into their decision making.

 

Energy Efficiency and Net-Zero Buildings: GSA & RMI Answer the Call (Executive Summary)

Conference Proceedings, Guide, 2015
http://www.rmi.org/Knowledge-Center/Library/GSAPtoPWS2015-Exec Summ

THE GSA’S COMMITMENT


The nation’s largest landlord is answering President Obama’s call to pursue deep energy savings and netzero energy in buildings. Earlier this spring, the President and Congress each issued directives that extended aggressive energy efficiency goals into the next decade, drawing attention to topics like net-zero energy and promoting sustainability more broadly in the federal government.1 Shortly after these mandates were passed, the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) and Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) held the 2015 Practice Into Performance Workshop, convening the GSA, a variety of other federal agencies, and private energy service companies (ESCOs) to help the federal government achieve deeper energy savings through performance contracting. The event provided the perfect platform for all stakeholders to share past successes, acquire new tools, and break down barriers to achieve deep energy savings.

Translating deep energy retrofit best practices into performance is easier said than done, as demonstrated by the relatively low level of savings delivered from energy savings performance contracts (ESPCs) throughout the federal government, 19 percent on average2

. Research and experience demonstrates that we can retrofit buildings economically to deliver much deeper energy, cost, and carbon savings.

 

Energy Efficiency and Net-Zero Buildings: GSA & RMI Answer the Call (Executive Summary)

Conference Proceedings, Presentation, 2015
http://www.rmi.org/Knowledge-Center/Library/GSAPtoPWS2015-ExecSumm

THE GSA’S COMMITMENT


The nation’s largest landlord is answering President Obama’s call to pursue deep energy savings and netzero energy in buildings. Earlier this spring, the President and Congress each issued directives that extended aggressive energy efficiency goals into the next decade, drawing attention to topics like net-zero energy and promoting sustainability more broadly in the federal government.1 Shortly after these mandates were passed, the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) and Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) held the 2015 Practice Into Performance Workshop, convening the GSA, a variety of other federal agencies, and private energy service companies (ESCOs) to help the federal government achieve deeper energy savings through performance contracting. The event provided the perfect platform for all stakeholders to share past successes, acquire new tools, and break down barriers to achieve deep energy savings.

Translating deep energy retrofit best practices into performance is easier said than done, as demonstrated by the relatively low level of savings delivered from energy savings performance contracts (ESPCs) throughout the federal government, 19 percent on average. Research and experience demonstrates that we can retrofit buildings economically to deliver much deeper energy, cost, and carbon savings.

 

Incorporating Uncertainty Analysis into a Building Retrofit Analysis Using OpenStudio and EnergyPlus

Presentation, 2014
http://www.rmi.org/Knowledge-Center/Library/2014-30_Uncertainty Analysis Presentation_IBPSA_Zirnhelt Final

  • Describe the new Uncertainty Analysis capabilities of OpenStudio.
  • Identify features in OpenStudio relevant to uncertainty analysis.
  • Explain how to incorporate uncertainty analysis into deep retrofit project.
  • describe the benefits of uncertainty analysis.
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    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 for 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 for 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 .”

     

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