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Retrofit Community


Retrofit Resources are offered to catalyze deeper energy savings in commercial buildings. There are several other initiatives and resources around the country and world with similar objectives.

Below see a list of organizations and initiatives that share our mission of deep energy savings. We strive for greater integration and coordination among these initiatives to drive greater overall effectiveness.


Green Building Finance Consortium

The Green Building Finance Consortium (GBFC) is a research and education initiative founded in 2006 by Scott Muldavin, President of The Muldavin Company, Inc. to assist private sector investors underwrite sustainable property investments from a financial perspective. Visit

U.S. General Services Administration Net Zero Renovation Challenge

The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA), Office of Federal High Performance Green Buildings (OFHPGB) and the Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) have launched an effort to enhance and increase the usage of Energy Savings Performance Contracts (ESPCs) on GSA buildings. Rocky Mountain Institute and GSA convened a workshop in 2011 in order to examine the existing ESPC structure and process, and identify improvements to unlock the possibility of deep savings and eventual net zero ESPCs. Visit

New Buildings Institute

New Buildings Institute (NBI) is working collaboratively with commercial building stakeholders—building professionals, utilities, and governments—to overcome barriers to energy efficiency, including promoting technologies, design practices, public policies and programs that improve energy efficiency. A current NBI focus is on enabling deep energy savings in commercial buildings that are less than 50 thousand square feet. Visit

Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance

The Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance is developing an Existing Building Renewal initiative to help building tenants, managers, and owners conduct whole-building deep energy efficiency retrofits of existing buildings. Visit

Natural Resources Defense Council Tenant Demonstration Project

The Natural Resources Defense Council is driving a tenant demonstration project with support from Johnson Controls Inc., Jones Lang LaSalle, and Goldman Sachs. The three-year project, which is part of the Clinton Global Initiative Commitment Program, is expected to grow demand for tenant improvement projects that are more sustainable. Visit

Institute for Building Efficiency

The Institute for Building Efficiency is an initiative of Johnson Controls Inc. providing analysis of practices, policies, and technologies for low-energy buildings around the world. Visit

LessEn Initiative

LessEn is an Urban Land Institute (ULI) initiative to encourage better energy efficiency in commercial buildings, with a focus on driving demand among tenants and occupants. Visit

Preservation Green Lab

Part of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Preservation Green Lab explores and analyzes the value that older and historic buildings bring to communities, and provides policy advice for capturing that value. Visit

U.S. Department of Energy Better Buildings Program

The Better Buildings Initiative is to accelerate investment in energy efficiency in the private sector and make commercial and industrial buildings 20% more energy efficient by 2020. Visit

2030 Districts

2030 Districts are collaborative efforts to meet the energy, water and vehicle emissions targets called for by Architecture 2030, a non-profit organization driven to achieve a dramatic reduction in the climate-change-causing greenhouse gas emissions of the Building Sector. Taking shape across the United States, the 2030 Districts represent property owners and managers coming together with local governments, businesses, and community stakeholders to provide a business model for urban sustainability. Visit

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