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Energy Efficiency : The Rest of the Iceberg

Report or White Paper, 2016
In 2014, Shell commissioned Amory Lovins to write a paper for its book The Colors of Energy www.shell.com/colours] commemorating the centenary of Shell’s Amsterdam Technical Centre, then to present its thesis at the ceremony, where it was warmly received. Its thesis: energy efficiency is a huge, cheap, often expanding-returns, and widely underestimated resource. The resulting risk: suppliers can run their supertanker into the iceberg of efficiency and sink without even knowing what they hit, because they weren’t properly tracking it and it wasn’t on their chart.


Energy Retrofit Guide for Caribbean Hospitals: A reference guide on deep energy retrofits for Caribbean hospital administrators

Report or White Paper, 2015

This guide was developed to provide healthcare administrators in the Caribbean islands the resources necessary to find energy savings for their facilities, finance those savings, and follow through with the activities necessary to realize those savings.

The guide has an accompanying website (www.hospitalretrofits.org) that serves as an easy-to-use tool to break through the barriers of complex engineering and financing models; and gets to real and actionable savings that can be tailored to a specific facility.

Authored jointly by Arup, Carbon War Room, the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre, and Rocky Mountain Institute, the guide supports the mission to accelerate the adoption of busi- ness solutions that reduce carbon emissions and advance the low-carbon economy. It should be noted this work would not be possible without a number excellent industry texts that set out clear processes for implementation and wider guidance. A full list of references is outlined in Appendix B.


Energy Savings from Window Shades

Report or White Paper

Windows are a primary contributor to heating and cooling loads in U.S. residences, due to conductive heat loss in the heating season and unwanted conductive and solar heat gain in cooling season. Insulating window shades, can reduce window heat transfer, and if used effectively, reduce unwanted solar heat gain without reducing useful winter solar heat gain. Using test data provided by Hunter Douglas, RMI evaluated the potential energy savings of three Hunter Douglas products in representative new and existing houses in the US, through detailed whole building energy simulation. In addition, using the energy simulation model, we quantified several other benefits, including thermal comfort, potential for HVAC equipment downsizing, and electricity demand reductions.


Deep Energy Retrofits in GSA Buildings

Report or White Paper, 2013

GSA, DOE, FEMP, and Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) convened a charrette at GSA offices in Washington, D.C. on March 4, 2013 to explore opportunities for deep energy retrofit ESPCs. The goals of the charrette were to: 1. Solicit input from energy service companies (ESCOs) on achieving deep retrofits and provide an opportunity for open discussion, continuing the process that began at the 2011 Boulder charrette; 2. Discuss barriers and solutions to “raise the bar” on energy savings provided through ESPCs; 3. Develop a list of lessons learned and best practices to increase the potential cost savings across the GSA portfolio; 4. Renew enthusiasm at the agency and ESCOs.


Using Contracting to Improve Building Project Delivery and Achieve Sustainability Goals

Report or White Paper, 2013

Several interrelated problems with traditional building project delivery inhibit building project teams from achieving aggressive sustainability goals. This document will describe how contracting can address these problems and help teams achieve goals.


Comment on "Opportunities and challenges for a sustainable energy future" on Nature.com

Letter, 2012

This comment was posted on Nature.com in response to “Opportunties and challenges for a sustainable energy future” by Steven Chu and Arun Mujumdar. In it, Amory Lovins argues that integrating the Department of Energy's technological solutions with innovative design, strategy, and public policy could solve many energy problems.


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.


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.


Going Deeper: A New Approach for Encouraging Retrofits

Report or White Paper, 2011
This paper describes a new approach to demand-side management that promotes whole-building projects and encourages owners, energy service providers, and utilities to work together for significant energy savings.


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