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Rocky Mountain Institute’s SuperEfficient+ Initiative is driving the adoption of superefficient (buildings that are at least 50% more efficient than a code-compliant building) and net-zero energy buildings in new and existing building portfolios and at the district level, impacting 1 billion square feet of space and 8 million metric tonnes of Co2 by 2021.


New and existing buildings can be better for owners, occupants, communities, and the environment.

Existing Buildings: According to RMI’s analysis, over eighty 80% of today’s institutional and commercial buildings will be standing and operating beyond 2030, and could provide positive financial by becoming superefficient with thoughtfully-timed energy retrofits. Reducing the energy loads from these buildings would make them more productive, provide value to tenant and building owners beyond energy cost savings, and bring societal benefit through a lowered cost of transitioning to a clean energy supply.

New Buildings: Almost 20 percent of the 2030 U.S. building stock has yet to be built. In this sector we are seeing an emerging market desire to move towards net-zero energy buildings, developments, and communities. To meet this growing demand, the market needs guidance to determine the right balance between building energy efficiency and on-site renewables in addition to the mechanisms and business models that can ensure that a superefficient building is both competitive at first cost and wins over its life cycle.

That’s where RMI comes in.

Our Approach

SuperEfficient+ is driving massive market growth for superefficient and net-zero energy buildings and districts that are more productive, instrumented, and interactive—and dramatically more productive for the people that own and occupy them.

How: We work with owners, investors, and developers to show that pursuing superefficient buildings, net-zero energy buildings and districts, or beyond net-zero energy is a good business decision that not only helps boost productivity and value, but also helps decarbonize the electric grid. Learn more about our service offerings.

Where: RMI works on “district-level” projects (such as corporate campuses, college or university campuses, or large private sector developments) because they provide ripe proving grounds for superefficient, leading-edge buildings that operate as grid assets and are enabled by  innovative business models. Learn more about our demonstration projects.


U.S. General Services Administration (GSA): RMI is working with the GSA--the nation’s biggest landlord--to address barriers and capture opportunities that accelerate investments in net zero buildings and energy retrofits. Learn more

The Heinz Endowments: RMI is helping Heinz ensure a 180-acre new development can achieve ambitious net zero energy goals with a strong business plan. Learn more

New Buildings Institute (NBI): Together, RMI and NBI are driving greater industry collaboration and demand for net zero buildings and districts. One way is through the annual Getting to Zero National Forum. Learn more

Get Involved

SuperEfficient+ is currently accepting new clients to demonstrate innovative, valuable approaches to superefficient and net-zero energy buildings and districts that move the market forward. Contact us


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