Deep retrofits, or those aimed to cut a building’s energy usage by 50 percent or more, can not only make “old buildings better than new,” according to the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI), but also cut costs, boost marketing efforts, and increase competition for building owners. A collaborative approach between landlords, local and federal government, architects, and energy service providers is key to such retrofits.
Highly efficient buildings are more comfortable, healthier, enable higher productivity and generally entice people to say in them longer. Employees and institutions that choose retrofits to eliminate the wasted energy of a building can be proud to occupy high-quality, green buildings that perform both financially and environmentally – a new and powerful competitive dimension to commercial buildings.
RMI’s Retrofit Examples:
Since 2009, RMI has been working to help make commercial buildings better than new (ones) through deep energy retrofits.
RMI shares five examples of how they’ve worked to advance energy retrofits on individual buildings, along with the expected results of each of these projects.
- Empire State Building (New York City)
- City-County Building (Indianapolis)
- IMF Headquarters 1 (Washington, D.C.)
- Byron Rogers Federal Building (Denver)
- The Clark Museum (Williamston, MA)
The Empire State Building is expected to save more energy than the 41 percent modeled from its deep retrofit, and has inspired deep retrofit replications in close to 100 large buildings across the country.
The government office building in Indianapolis was expected to reduce energy consumption 35 percent annually. By 2012, the City-County Building had reduced its annual energy usage by 46 percent and earned ENERGY STAR certification.
The average projected energy savings for the Byron Rogers program has more than doubled from 18 percent to 39 percent.
The International Monetary Fund is expected to save approximately between $2 million and $2.5 million per year on energy bills. The project is currently under construction, to be completed in 2016.
The Clark Museum experienced energy savings through recommended opportunities from RMI to double HVAC energy savings.
Though the results are impressive, the real goal is to share the lessons learned and the deep retrofit ideas to other buildings owners. To help spread the word RMI has created the RetroFit Depot, an online resource for building owners and professional considering energy retrofits.
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