[Report] Achieving Scale With Energy Efficiency in the U.S.: New Video

19-07-2013 | United States

On June 12, the GBPN and the Johnson Controls Institute for Building Efficiency (IBE) hosted a roundtable dialogue in Washington, "Insights, Indicators and Interest in Achieving Scale With Energy Efficiency in the United States." See the GBPN's new video featuring roundtable attendees!

The event brought together leaders from the public and private sectors to discuss trends in the energy efficiency market. Jennifer Layke, director of IBE, presented top-level findings from the institute's annual Energy Efficiency Indicator study, while the GBPN's Jayson Antonoff unveiled the highlights of the new Economist Intelligence Unit paper, Achieving Scale in the US, commissioned by the GBPN.
 
A wide-ranging conversation followed, focusing on the importance of energy benchmarking and disclosure to drive market transformation; the need for analysis and standardization as well as collection of building energy data; the value of co-benefits of efficiency; and whether lack of financing is as significant a barrier as many people assume.
                                                                       
 
Watch the video featuring roundtable attendees including Maria Vargas (U.S. Department of Energy) and Alex Dews (Philadelphia Mayor's Office of Sustainability): 
 

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The building energy consumption is the amount of energy consumed in the form in which the user acquires it. The term excludes electrical generation and distribution losses. [Source: BPIE Glossary]

Deep Refurbishment or Deep Energy Refurbishment means to bring something back from a state of reduced efficiency to a better state with ‘deep’ indicating a very substantial improvement of the energy use. [Source: GBPN, 2012]

Deep Renovation or Deep Energy Renovation is a term for a building renovation that captures the full economic energy efficiency potential of improvements. This typically includes a focus on the building shell of existing buildings in order to achieve very high-energy performance. The renovated building consumes 75% less primary energy compared to the status of the existing building before the renovation. The energy consumption after renovation for heating, cooling, ventilation, hot water and lighting, is less than 60 kWh/m2/yr. (Definition often used in Europe) [Source: GBPN, 2012]

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