Since 2009, RMI’s work to advance deep energy retrofits has focused on a multi-pronged approach to scaling: 1) collaborate with project teammates, owners, and other fast movers who learn from and copy pioneering deep retrofit projects, 2) engage entire portfolios and campuses of buildings to impact more than scattered singular building retrofits, and 3) develop new, better, and more comprehensive ways of assessing risk and value associated with deep green buildings
Buildings around the world are demonstrating “smart” behavior today, thanks to automated systems that save energy, streamline building operations and prevent expensive equipment failures. Yet the value of making smart technology investments remains unclear to many people. Here are some of the misconceptions our smart building experts deal with as they help clients improve the performance and value of their properties.
As the U.S. green building movement enters its third decade, the market has reached a tipping point.
The 2013 global Energy Efficiency Indicator [PDF] research study of 3,000 facility management executives indicates that only 5 percent had certified a green building before 2012. Yet 29 percent plan to certify a least one facility in 2013.
Most buildings in the U.S. don’t perform as energy-efficiently as they could simply because energy-using equipment in the building have never been set up to maximize energy performance. Thermostat setpoints are too low or too high, so rooftop units (RTUs) cool buildings down below recommended temperatures, or keep them too warm (or both).
Recently, communication between utilities and their customers mostly revolved around charges listed on customers’ monthly bills. Engaging customers across entire service territories was challenging and limited in its perceived value. Catalyzed partly by technological advancements in the smart grid and broader digital economy, however, customers across the nation recently have come to expect increasingly better service and proactive engagement from their utilities.
A unique software application created by the Energy Department’sNational Renewable Energy Laboratory(NREL) could improve the efficiency of commercial buildings by allowing occupants to interact with buildings more directly.