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Tapping Deep Retrofit Value

Fact-sheet or One-pager, 2014

To assess a deep retrofit project, a professional must evaluate the outcomes of a deep energy retrofit on a given value element and then address how the outcomes create business value. But professionals need not evaluate and present each of the nine value elements. It may make most sense to select the most promising value elements for initial analysis and then proceed to the others, if possible, for a more complete analysis.


Request for Proposal for Building Energy Modeling Services

Guide, 2013

This document serves as a template and comprehensive example of a request for proposal for securing building simulation performance modeling services for a fictional building. It is designed to help a building owner articulate the services they desire. It also directs the response format to facilitate proposal comparison to reveal distinguishing features. The template content can also be added to more broadly focused RFPs to address modeling service considerations.


Building Energy Modeling for Owners and Managers: A guide to Specifying and Securing Services

Report or White Paper, 2013

Building Energy Modeling for Owners and Managers : A Guide to Specifying and Securing Services was developed to help owners and managers define and procure modeling services in commercial new construction, renovation, or operation improvement projects. The topics and examples focus on issues relevant to the owner, including the value of modeling, types of services, and solicitation. The BEM concepts developed within this guide yield tips and resources to support successful application.


GSA Net Zero Renovation Challenge Charrette

Report or White Paper, 2011

The 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. Attendees examined ways to modify and expand the ESPC process to attain deeper energy savings during comprehensive retrofits of existing buildings. This report summarizes the discussion in and outcomes of the workshop. Read our 2013 GSA Charrette Report here.


Reinventing Fire Buildings Sector Methodology

Report or White Paper, 2011
This document provides RMI's methodology for the analysis of the buildings sector in Reinventing Fire.


Collaborate and Capitalize: Post-Report from the BEM Innovation Summit

Report or White Paper, 2011

In 2011, RMI convened an invited group of key stakeholders within the building energy modeling (BEM) community to increase collaboration and develop implementation plans to address key barriers. This report describes the motivation for convening the BEM Innovation Summit; provides a recap of the group events and discussions; provides a detailed summary from each breakout group; and presents implementation plans for some key action items and projects that came out of the 2 day summit.


BEM Summit Pre-read

Report or White Paper, 2011

This document was written as preparatory material for all Building Energy Modeling (BEM) Innovation Summit attendees prior to the actual event.  The purpose of this document was to provide all attendees with an understanding of the history and current state of the energy modeling industry within the United States. Specifically, this Pre-Read document: - Begins to identify a vision for the future of energy modeling and identify gaps between that vision and the current state; - Identifies gaps and barriers within the energy modeling sector to support the development of the agenda for the summit; and - Saved time at the summit by getting everyone on the same page in terms of background knowledge and serving as an information source during the breakout groups.


Life Cycle Cost Analysis: Is it Worth the Effort?

Journal or Magazine Article, 2010
Life cycle cost analysis (LCCA) is often considered important for both new and retrofit building construction projects but is rarely implemented, often because it is perceived to be “not worth the effort.” This paper addresses the question of whether an LCCA is worth the effort. This paper also provides an overview of how to do an LCCA including establishing the baseline and bundling measures. A case study is also provided.


Pulling the Levers on Existing Buildings: A Simple Method for Calibrating Hourly Energy Models

Conference Proceedings, 2010
Comprehensive building retrofits require an investment grade audit in conjunction with a calibrated hourly energy model. Even with the most thorough audit processes, uncertainty still remains when identifying and modeling building parameters. This uncertainty propagates throughout the final calibrated model and affects the quality of the energy saving estimates. This paper, geared towards the typical energy analyst, provides a step-by-step process for achieving more reliable results by calibrating an energy model based on actual utility data.


Energy Modeling at Each Design Phase: Strategies to Minimize Design Energy Use

Journal or Magazine Article, 2010
Design teams often use energy modeling as an accounting or code compliance tool to establish that minimum requirements are met. Used in this way, significant opportunities to inform and improve building design are overlooked. Properly used, energy modeling can provide outputs that optimize a building’s energy consumption, reduce life cycle costs, and even reduce first cost. This paper will review how and when design teams typically use energy modeling in each design phase (concept phase, schematic design, design development, and construction documentation) and describe strategies for each phase that can lead to lower energy use buildings.


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