Six philanthropies (Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Energy Foundation, Kresge Foundation, Living Cities, MacArthur Foundation and Rockefeller Foundation) examined the necessary steps needed to increase and scale the energy efficiency retrofit market as well as achieve “deep” retrofits for building in the United States. This report gives insight into the philanthropies’ definition of “deep energy retrofit” as well as the needs and approaches for the building markets.
“The New York City Local Law 84 Benchmarking Report (August 2012) is the first analysis of New York City benchmarking data collected as part of Local Law 84, which requires all privately-owned properties with individual buildings over 50,000 square feet or with multiple buildings with a combined square footage over 100,000 square feet to annually measure and report their energy and water use.”
May 2012 | Source: Institute for Market Transformation
This paper gives insight to the increased credibility and reliability of property valuation. It explores the importance of energy consumption as a factor of property income and investment potential and assesses energy performance in buildings, comparing energy performance, technical qualification, and the market values of energy efficiency.
This paper explains and details appropriate underwriting practices for energy efficiency loans in the commercial real estate market. It explores market-ready, commercially-attractive mechanisms (such as energy service agreements and credit enhancement) and best practices for financing and catalyzing the deep energy efficiency retrofit market.
This study is a comprehensive literature review that identifies the viable, existing, and potential strategies to scale energy efficiency financing. It draws from and builds upon the work and analysis of banks, national laboratories, NGOs, government agencies, think tanks, and others.
February 2012 | Source: American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy
This paper describes the characteristics and potential contributions of both local actors and utilities as they relate to implementing energy efficiency. It also discusses the roles of local governments and civil society in implementing energy efficiency enabling policies and program partnerships as well as the trends and challenges in local implementation of energy efficiency.
This paper presents certain federal and state tax incentives that promote the renewable energy and energy efficiency industries. It outlines the basic features and regulatory requirements for a tax program that provides financial incentives for clean technology development through renewable energy and energy efficiency projects.
January 2012 | Source: Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation
This collaborative study examines a dataset of 231 energy efficiency retrofit projects for multifamily buildings in New York City. It assesses trends in pre- and post-retrofit building performance, analyzes the reliability of energy savings projections, and frames an approach for incorporating these projections into underwriting and financing of energy efficiency projects.
September 2011 | Source: American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy
This report is written for energy efficiency program planners and implementers, and it summarizes the results and lessons learned from energy efficiency finance programs that have moved beyond the initial start-up phase. The report is part of a series aimed at providing a set of tools that make it easier for states, municipalities, utilities, and private lenders to learn from past experience and offer effective energy efficiency programs going forward.
This paper analyzes the potential for a self-sustaining growth market in energy efficiency and discusses the essential improvements in the business environment that are required for clear, prioritized action from businesses and governments.
This paper identifies the major utility usage databases in use or under development for multifamily rental housing and explores how these databases and associated analytic tools interact with the simulation models most commonly used to predict energy usage for retrofits, as well as the intersection of national green building standards and usage data. It also analyzes the desirability, feasibility, and key obstacles to creating a more conducive environment for the collection, use, and leveraging of multifamily utility usage data.
This study examines the rental rate dynamics of green commercial office properties in the San Francisco and Washington DC metropolitan areas. It analyzes the difference and dynamics of rental rate premiums in green properties and non-green properties.
October 2010 | Source: Climate Strategy & Partners
This paper discusses cost effective opportunities to improve the energy efficiency of residential and commercial buildings and, therefore, improve living quality and greenhouse gas levels. It identifies engaging adequate financing, supportive policy, and broad-scale education initiatives as keys to unlocking this largely untapped global opportunity.
This paper analyzes the barriers to energy efficiency retrofit projects, including the lack of capital availability, and describes the various measures and financing mechanisms that mitigate these challenges and support a changing energy efficiency retrofit landscape.
This report expands the global standards for measuring and benchmarking energy and emissions across the global property industry with a transparent, accessible, and robust dataset of commercial property energy and emissions performance.
This study compares data from energy star and LEED certified buildings to that of non-energy star or Non-LEED certified office property and calls for further research on the subject. It analyzes the results of this data comparison and examines the benefits of profit-motivated investments in sustainable real estate.
This report builds upon prior research by the McKinsey Global Institute and McKinsey’s Global Energy and Materials Practice. It examines the microeconomic underpinnings of global energy demand and assesses the additional investment and key actions needed to capture the potential to boost energy productivity.
This extensive analysis of the financial cost and benefits of green building examines payback rate of energy efficiency investments. It also tracks the both predictable and unpredictable sources of financial benefits, which range from energy, waste, and water savings to productivity and health benefits.