In 2011 the European Commission issued the Energy Efficiency Plan 2011 (March), the proposal for an Energy Efficiency Directive (June) and an Energy Roadmap 2050 (December). Arguably the most important of these is the proposal for an Energy Efficiency Directive, which includes the following provisions:
A building doesn’t have to be new to be efficient. Today’s leading building owners are retrofitting buildings, converting existing buildings into models of sustainability. Building energy retrofits are investments in efficient technology during building renovation. While most building owners still pursue single technology improvements, market leaders bundle together energy saving technologies to get deeper savings in a more comprehensive approach. Energy performance contracting is one business model that enables building owners to implement whole building retrofits and significantly lower energy consumption and operating costs. Essentially, the upgrades are paid for through energy savings over time. Photo credit: Jack Amick/Flickr.
Two new reports from international organizations explore how the public and private sectors can work together to encourage energy efficiency investments in private business. The International Energy Agency (IEA) and the Institute for Industrial Productivity (IIP) produced a November 2011 report, “The Boardroom Perspective: How Does Energy Efficiency Policy Influence Decision Making in...
Building Efficiency: A Solution to Climate Change At the 17th Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP-17) in Durban, South Africa, Nov. 28-Dec. 9, 182 countries met to negotiate approaches to reducing global carbon emissions. With colleagues from across Johnson Controls, the Institute for Building Efficiency participated as a business observer.
As India pursues ambitious plans for sustainable development and equitable growth, energy efficiency is an important, low-cost resource. New and existing buildings provide opportunities to implement energy- and cost-saving measures, but the market for building efficiency remains relatively small. Energy performance contracting (EPC) is a proven and internationally recognized method for reducing...
When you buy a car, you know about how much fuel it will use – the window sticker shows the EPA miles-per-gallon rating. But it’s not the same when you buy or lease a commercial building: There is no publicly available, credible, universal energy performance measurement. That is changing as cities, states and countries around the world make strides toward energy usage ratings and...
To effectively accelerate investment in the transformation to a more energy efficient and sustainable built environment, it is critical for the Institute for Building Efficiency to keep a pulse on the true priorities, practices, and challenges encountered by practitioners and decision-makers on the ground. What are the attitudes, priorities and concerns of people at the front lines of energy...
- Healthcare sector more likely to value and to invest in energy efficiency compared to other sectors
According to new research from the Johnson Controls Institute for Building Efficiency, investment in building energy efficiency remains strong in the North American healthcare industry, a leader among other sectors.
The 2011 Energy Efficiency Indicator Survey drew responses from 632 members of the International Facility Management Association (IFMA). In general, energy was strongly on the minds of IFMA members:
The Buildings Performance Institute Europe (BPIE) has filled a substantial part of the long-standing data gap on European buildings with a new report, “Europe’s Buildings Under the Microscope,” published in Brussels on Oct. 14, 2011.