Each year in China, 10 billion square feet of towering urban residential and commercial building space are added to an existing stock that’s already well over 200 billion square feet. Decarbonizing this massive amount of building space is an important undertaking for China, which stands by its 2016 ratification of…
- China Program
Mike is a manager on RMI’s buildings practice. He works primarily on business and finance solutions for implementing efficiency and solar in commercial real estate and district development. His work includes writing “how-to” guides on retrofit analysis (Department of Energy Advanced Energy Retrofit Guides) and making the business case (RMI Deep Retrofit Value Guides), as well as introducing innovative finance mechanisms to international audiences (PACE financing for the China Ministry of Finance). He has managed project teams of 2–4 RMI engineers and analysts to deliver insights and build the business case for major companies and government entities to invest in multi-million dollar efficiency programs. Mike is also driving the development of an RMI buildings initiative in China to implement near-zero carbon emissions districts.
Prior to RMI, Mike researched and published on the effectiveness of green building rating systems as well as on science, technology, and society (STS).
EDUCATION & AWARDS
M.Sc., Architectural Engineering, University of Colorado at Boulder
BA, Philosophy, Saint John’s University
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Authored Blog Posts
China has the opportunity to improve the thermal comfort of building occupants without increasing energy use by designing new buildings (and retrofitting old ones) to have many of the passive features that RMI’s Innovation Center demonstrates. These features require very low levels of energy to fuel them, and deliver thermal comfort that is better than what most Chinese buildings are delivering now.
There is strong market evidence that energy cost savings represent just one driver motivating investment in deep energy retrofits. Nevertheless, real estate investors generally neglect the value beyond energy cost savings when they prepare and present capital requests for deep retrofits.
New RMI-CoreNet Global Report: 11 Practical and Profitable Strategies for Net-Zero Energy Real Estate Portfolios
There is a dramatic shift occurring in the way companies think about energy. Leading companies are now aspiring for something greater—net-zero energy across company operations.
To bring to life the idea of superior energy performance providing multiple benefits, let’s take a look at Coca-Cola moving its Canadian headquarters from the suburbs to downtown Toronto.
Highly energy-efficient buildings offer more than just a low utility bill. They also often promise gains in employee productivity, better retention, improved occupant health, lower maintenance costs, increased occupancy, and higher lease-up and sales rates, among others.
Rocky Mountain Institute developed our RetroFit Initiative portfolio partner program to accelerate the development and adoption of beyond-best-practice portfolio energy management. Thus far, we have worked directly with the Army and Air Force Exchange Service, AT&T, and Kaiser Permanente. We have also built a network of energy managers and practitioners…
Sustainability Fatigue, Disruptive Innovation, and the Flourishing Enterprise: RMI Chats with Corporate Sustainability Expert Chris Laszlo (Part 1)
In part 1 yesterday, we chatted with corporate sustainability expert Chris Laszlo about Embedded Sustainability, Reinventing Fire, and sustainability fatigue. That conversation continues today with a discussion of the role of incumbents, disruptive innovation, and the flourishing enterprise. PB: You’ve mentioned disruptive innovation, which brings to mind startups…
Big Data remains a fairly nebulous concept for many real estate professionals, including those who stand to gain tremendously from it right now: real estate energy managers.
Indianapolis, like cities across the nation, faces the challenge of reducing resource use and saving taxpayer dollars. The retrofit of the Indianapolis City-County Building provided the spark for the mayor and city staff to begin the process of comprehensively addressing energy use across the entire Indianapolis municipal building portfolio.
Reusing buildings rather than constructing new ones is clearly beneficial to society in terms of reduced resource consumption and waste, assuming that the new and renovated buildings operate with similar efficiencies. But how much is the benefit?
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel recently announced a program to make the city’s buildings more energy-efficient. Now that he’s taken a bold step to save taxpayer dollars and create hundreds of jobs by shaving the energy consumption of City Hall, the Harold Washington Library and other government buildings, what’s next?