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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.


Deep Energy Retrofits Using Energy Savings Performance Contracts: Success Stories

Report or White Paper, 2015

Energy savings performance contracts (ESPCs) have become a key mechanism for energy efficiency upgrades in recent years, with the federal market now exceeding $1 billion in gross annual revenue. ESPCs allow federal agencies to partner with an energy service company (ESCO) in order to complete energy savings projects without upfront capital costs or Congressional appropriations.

This report showcases eight case studies that highlight best practices in federal ESPCs. Highlighted projects— including seven federal and one municipal project— cumulatively exceed 600 billion BTUs in energy savings, with an average 58% energy use reduction.


The Economics of Demand Flexibility: How "Flexiwatts" Create Quantifiable Value for Customers and the Grid

Report or White Paper, 2015

Here, we analyze demand flexibility’s economic opportunity. In the residential sector alone, widespread implementation of demand flexibility can save 10–15% of potential grid costs, and customers can cut their electric bills 10–40% with rates and technologies that exist today. Roughly 65 million customers already have potentially appropriate opt-in rates available, so the aggregate market is large and will only grow with further rollout of granular retail pricing.


Working Together for Sustainability: The RMI-BOMA Guide for Landlords and Tenants

Report or White Paper, 2012

This guide is the result of a 2011 workshop put on by RMI and BOMA International to address some of the nontechnical barriers to energy efficiency in commercial buildings, especially those barriers related to split incentives between building landlords and tenants. This guide provides a framework for instituting cooperative and productive relationships between building landlords and tenants and seeks to address some of the non-technological barriers to energy efficiency, such as split incentives, tenant behavior, and transparency. Five actionable steps that are outlined in the guide are: make energy use and costs more transparent; engage building occupants in saving energy; incorporate energy efficiency in tenant fit-outs; plan ahead for deep energy retrofits; and structure agreements to benefit both parties.


Barriers and Breakthroughs for Multi-tenant Developments

Report or White Paper, 2008
This paper reports on the complex issues surrounding multi-tenant developments by analyzing current industry practices and the perceived hurdles associated with them. Key financial benefits of high-performance multi-tenant buildings are presented. A selection of structural solutions that distribute these financial benefits to tenants and owners so as to accelerate the adoption of high-performance building in the multi-tenant industry is provided.


The Energy Challenge: A New Agenda for Corporate Real Estate

Report or White Paper, 2007
From June of 2006 to April of 2007, the RMI and CoreNet Global team carried out research focused on identifying barriers, documenting successes, and outlining recommendations for the increased incorporation of energy efficiency in corporate real estate. The research included an online survey administered to over 240 real estate professionals as well as analysis of more than 15 corporations successfully incorporating energy efficiency measures and programs. The report concludes that corporations think about energy efficiency and believe it is growing in importance, yet they don’t have the management structures in place to realize improvements effectively.


Lightfair: Economics of Daylighting and Occupant Productivity

Presentation, 2004
This presentation makes the case that workers are more productive in buildings that provide daylighting. The presentation provides several examples of office buildings, stores, and manufacturing facilities with ample outdoor light.


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