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Institute for Building Efficiency

The Institute for Building Efficiency is an initiative of Johnson Controls providing information and analysis of technologies, policies, and practices for efficient, high performance buildings and smart energy systems around the world. The IBE leverages the company’s 125 years of global experience providing energy efficient solutions for buildings to support and complement the efforts of non-profit organizations and industry associations.  The IBE focuses on practical solutions that are innovative, cost-effective and scalable.

Major programs of the Institute for Building Efficiency include:

  • Marketplace Research – The IBE will analyze, explore and elevate issues and barriers regarding commercial building energy efficiency around the world.  Its research will include market surveys of emerging issues and trends, and the IBE will provide analysis of survey outcomes to educate public and private decision-makers seeking new approaches to building efficiency. The IBE's signature project is the Johnson Controls Energy Efficiency Indicator analysis based on an annual survey of energy managers and executives’ priorities and activities around building energy management in more than 10 countries.

  • Network of Experts – The IBE engages with a network of advisors and contributors from leading non-government organizations (NGOs), businesses and institutions around the world to collaborate on the research and policy analysis conducted by the IBE.

  • Virtual Resource Center – The IBE provides online resources to help individuals and organizations make informed decisions to reduce energy and water use, decrease operating costs, and limit greenhouse gas emissions.

The Institute for Building Efficiency currently focuses on six topic areas: Building Energy Retrofits, Smart Grids and Smart Buildings, Building Performance Management, Clean Energy Finance, Green Net Zero Buildings and Energy & Climate Policy.

Spearheading the IBE is Jennifer Layke.  As Director of the IBE, she brings two decades of global experience focused on energy and sustainability issues, including her work as Deputy Director of the Climate and Energy Program at the World Resources IBE (WRI). Ms. Layke is based in Washington D.C. and has global research program managers located in the U.S., Europe and Asia. 

To request more information or contact the IBE please send an email to
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Institute for Building Efficiency Staff

Director, Institute for Building Efficiency

Washington D.C., USA

Vice President, Global Energy and Sustainability

Milwaukee, WI, USA

Emissions & Energy Engineer

Milwaukee, WI, USA

Building Efficiency
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