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Partnership Announced to Support Building Efficiency in Cities

The World Resources Institute (WRI) and Johnson Controls (JCI) announced in October 2014 the launch of a new Building Efficiency Initiative in the WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities ( The Building Efficiency Initiative is a multi-year partnership that will expand on efforts of the Johnson Controls Institute for Building Efficiency to provide expertise on the policies, practices and technologies for efficient, high performance buildings and energy systems around the world.  Executive director Jennifer Layke will lead the new Building Efficiency Initiative on a two year assignment to WRI.

The Building Efficiency Initiative will build market awareness and action on 1) local benchmarking and sustainable building certification and labeling approaches, 2) innovative financing to support efficiency investments, and 3) distributed energy systems at the building and community scale.  The Initiative’s activities will also provide support to cities participating in the UN Sustainable Energy for All Energy Efficiency Accelerator Platform.

The Building Efficiency Initiative combines Johnson Controls’ expertise as the global leader in providing building efficiency solutions with WRI’s research excellence and on-the-ground experience in creating more prosperous and livable cities. New research and articles will be published through the WRI Ross Center for Sustainable cities.  The website will no longer post new publications but will remain an archive of Institute for Building Efficiency resources.

For more information on the new partnership, please contact Jennifer Layke at

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