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Building Energy Retrofits

Building Energy Retrofits

A building doesn’t have to be new to be efficient. Today’s leading building owners are retrofitting buildings, converting existing buildings into models of sustainability.  While most building owners still pursue single technology improvements, market leaders bundle together energy saving technologies to get deeper savings in a more comprehensive approach. Energy performance contracting is one business model that enables building owners to implement whole building retrofits and significantly lower energy consumption and operating costs. Essentially, the upgrades are paid for through energy savings over time!

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LEED v4 ratchets up the role of technology

LEED v4 ratchets up the role of technology

As voluntary green building certification gains momentum worldwide, the new LEED v4 raises the importance of technology in tracking building performance and attaining credits. This growing emphasis on performance makes smart building technology increasingly important and relevant in green buildings and their certification.

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Laboratories and Clean Rooms: An Energy Saving Opportunity

Laboratories and Clean Rooms: An Energy Saving Opportunity

When the management of a clean room or lab commits to energy efficiency goals for their critical environments, significant savings can usually be found. The goal of energy efficiency is supported by much technology and automation, and safe and efficient operation can coexist. Knowledge of the purpose and use of the spaces must be translated into design and operation goals that create cost saving opportunities while protecting laboratory and clean room workers.

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Measurement & Verification: Project Tax or Performance Tool

Measurement & Verification: Project Tax or Performance Tool

There continue to be significant differences of opinion within our industry about the value and best approach for measuring and verifying energy savings in energy efficiency retrofit projects. These opinions range from the perspective that measurement and verification (M&V) is a tax (i.e., additional cost) on projects and should be minimized to an opposing viewpoint that M&V is a tool to improve building performance whose value should be maximized. Clay Nesler advocates for applying advanced metering and analytics technology to satisfy both perspectives.

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Emerging US Priorities and Market Trends in Energy Efficiency

Emerging US Priorities and Market Trends in Energy Efficiency

New market and policy actions can help accelerate growth in the market for building energy efficiency. Iain Campbell of Johnson Controls outlined how the energy services industry can support growth. And the Real Estate Roundtable listed federal policies that could help drive investment in efficient buildings.

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Energy Performance Contracting, a Key to Unlocking Capital for Efficiency Retrofits

Energy Performance Contracting, a Key to Unlocking Capital for Efficiency Retrofits

Energy efficiency improvements are often stuck at the starting gate for lack of capital. Energy performance contracting can help overcome financial hurdles and reassure owners by providing a guaranteed return on investment.

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Building Efficiency Retrofits in Europe: Exploring Barriers and How to Break Them Down

Building Efficiency Retrofits in Europe: Exploring Barriers and How to Break Them Down

Building efficiency is widely acknowledged as a high-potential and cost-effective means to increase Europe’s energy security, reduce carbon emissions, and create jobs. The Institute for Building Efficiency reports findings from original research on barriers to energy retrofits and energy performance contracting in public-sector buildings, and recommends ways to remove them.

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Whole Building Retrofits: Reaching Deeper Levels of Efficiency

Whole Building Retrofits: Reaching Deeper Levels of Efficiency

For decades, building owners have pursued energy efficiency in “bite-sized” pieces—one burned out boiler or expired chiller at a time. In recent years, whole building retrofits have been catching on as a way to achieve deeper levels of energy efficiency. These retrofits represent a “systems thinking” approach that promises greater efficiency and bigger paybacks.

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Measuring and Verifying Whole-Building Commercial Retrofit Performance

Measuring and Verifying Whole-Building Commercial Retrofit Performance

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.

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Unlocking Energy Performance Contracting in India: Encouraging Growth in ESCOs

Unlocking Energy Performance Contracting in India: Encouraging Growth in ESCOs

Energy efficiency in India is emerging as an important resource to support sustainable development and equitable growth. Buildings provide substantial energy-saving opportunities, but the market for building efficiency remains relatively small. Keys to growth in that market include development of energy service companies and uniform processes for energy performance contracting.

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Energy Retrofits in China: Research Points the Way Forward

Energy Retrofits in China: Research Points the Way Forward

As China’s economy grows, energy efficiency is critical, and existing buildings are a major savings target. A research study examined which types of energy retrofits are most cost-effective for office buildings and stores in three climate regions. The research found the effectiveness of different energy savings measures differ with climate zone and building type.

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