Important events from around the world providing information and analysis of technologies, policies, and practices for efficient, high performance buildings and smart energy systems.
U.S. demand for all types of energy is expected to increase by 31 percent within 25 years. At the same time the domestic energy supply is expanding. The 24th Annual Energy Efficiency Forum explores the role of energy efficiency in this new energy economy. World renowned energy experts, legislators and government and business leaders discussed how efficiency is more important than ever and how it can make our communities more secure, resilient and sustainable.
If the workplace is viewed as a microcosm of society, comprised of people with diverse cultural backgrounds, political beliefs, ethnicities, ages and other characteristics, it makes sense to understand and foster that diversity and create appropriate messaging and engagement tactics for different people. Tailoring an organizational sustainability program that is customized and multi-faceted to address the unique culture of an organization – and the different individuals that make up the organization – can lead to empowered employees who change their behaviors and create a lasting effect.
Interest in building energy efficiency remains high among U.S. businesses, yet investment in efficiency has stayed flat over the last two years. A Roundtable Dialogue in Washington, D.C., looked at ways to generate more activity. Participants discussed remedies in innovative financing, government policies, and organizational practices that encourage better energy management and awareness of efficiency beyond cost savings.
Scott Muldavin, Executive Director of the Green Building Finance Consortium and Senior Advisor, Finance and Valuation, to the Rocky Mountain Institute discusses the measures of value and risk integrated into decision-making for energy retrofit projects.
Jennivine Kwan, Vice President, International Operations, explains how the US Green Building Council (USGBC) is addressing the Chinese green building market with tailored resources that help building professionals and decision makers advance green building.
Adam Sledd, Green Leasing Program Manager at the Institute for Market Transformation, shares real-world examples of how green leases and effective negotiation can achieve outcomes that benefit both owners and tenants.
Richard Graves, Executive Director at the International Living Future Institute (ILFI) discusses looking beyond codes and policies to a vision of future communities.
Cara Carmichael, Senior Consultant at the Rocky Mountain Institute reviews how tenants and landlords can work together for integrated solutions and mutual cost savings.
Whole-building retrofits in commercial buildings bring deeper energy savings, but those savings are harder to verify than for individual projects. A research project provides insights toward devising credible M&V methods.
The U.S. Department of Energy is developing the Building Performance Database to help banks and building owners estimate savings from energy projects quickly and cheaply – with an actuarial method like the ones insurance companies use to price their policies.