Achieving Scale with Energy Efficiency
If interest is high in building energy efficiency in the U.S., why aren’t investments in efficiency growing? Experts from local and federal governments, the private sector, and non-government organizations explored that question at a Roundtable Dialogue in Washington, D.C., convened by the Johnson Controls Institute for Building Efficiency and the Institute for Market Transformation, the U.S. hub of the Global Building Performance Network.
They discussed results from two research studies on opportunities and challenges to wider adoption of energy efficiency and explored issues around financing, government policies and organizational practices. Among the key take-aways:
The key challenge is to convince decision-makers to make energy efficiency a priority and create a strategic plan for continuous improvement.
Benchmarking and disclosure laws are important, but they need complementary policies to be effective in driving efficiency.
Stakeholders need to know what data from benchmarking means and how to use it.
Skepticism around co-benefits of efficiency (those beyond cost savings) needs to be dispelled, and the value of those benefits needs to be quantified.
Confusion in the market creates inaction: Messages need to be clear and policies concise and accessible.
Read the Roundtable Dialogue Report in its entirety: Achieving Scale with Energy Efficiency
Figure 1: Funding remains key barrier identified in U.S. market
Bradford H. Dockser