The monthly update of the Institute for Market Transformation

April 2012
Enterprise Community Partners and Natural Resources Defense Council Join DATA Alliance

The Data Access and Transparency Alliance (DATA), a national partnership of real estate and green building organizations that seeks to provide building operators with whole-building energy consumption data in order to advance energy efficiency in buildings, announces the addition of Enterprise Community Partners and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) as alliance members.

Their involvement will help DATA promote the role of data accessibility in driving energy efficiency gains in the built environment. The owners and operators of many commercial and multifamily buildings cannot access energy consumption data for tenant spaces within their buildings without approval from each tenant, presenting significant challenges to measuring whole-building energy consumption and implementing energy efficiency measures.

DATA was formed in 2011 by IMT, the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International, the Real Estate Roundtable, and the U.S. Green Building Council. It educates the utility sector about data accessibility issues and promotes regulatory and programmatic solutions.

For more information, please view the full announcement on DATA’s website,

IMT Releases Two Reports on Building Energy Transparency & Job Creation

IMT recently published two reports on the job creation potential of building energy rating and disclosure policies. These policies, already in effect in five major U.S. cities and two states, require building owners to measure and disclose the energy performance of their properties. This gives owners and consumers better information on energy efficiency, unlocking market demand for more efficient buildings.
Businesses that help building owners benchmark and improve their buildings are already experiencing considerable job growth, IMT has found. Many such businesses are profiled in our report Energy Disclosure and the New Frontier for American Jobs.

According to an economic analysis that IMT conducted with the Political Economy Research Institute (PERI), a national building energy rating and disclosure policy would create more than 23,000 net new jobs in 2015 and more than 59,000 jobs in 2020.

We encourage you to view the reports online here.

IMT Releases IECC Compliance Brochures and Code Compliance Case Studies

IMT code experts recently created five brochures explaining how the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) applies to additions, alterations, renovations, and repairs to buildings. The brochures explain IECC compliance requirements and provide project checklists for both commercial and residential buildings. Brochures include; commercial buildings, commercial lighting, residential buildings, residential HVAC, and residential insulation & air leakage.

We encourage builders and building officials to download and share them. If you would like a customized brochure with the logo and contact information for your jurisdiction, please contact:

Ryan Meres
202-525-2883 x314

Additionally, five case studies have now been published in our series investigating effective code compliance strategies. Of the two latest installments, one takes an in-depth look at residential performance testing in Georgia, while the other investigates how streamlining regulatory processes can improve compliance with building energy codes. Please visit to access the case studies for free.

Final SAVE Act Webinar in Green Builder Media’s 2012 Impact Series

The webinar, “SAVE Act: Financial Options & Real Estate Ramifications” (part of the Gamechangers in Sustainability series) will be the third in a series of talks examining the SAVE Act and is produced by Green Builder Magazine. It will feature IMT’s Bob Sahadi and John Beldock, Executive Director of EcoBroker, and  is scheduled for May 1st from 12pm to 1pm ET.

To join this free seminar, please visit:

If you would like to review the previous webinar, “SAVE Act: How It Affects Builders/Remodelers” please visit

Image courtesy of Flickr user whoswho.
Image courtesy of Flickr user whoswho.

ANSI Energy Efficiency Standards Panel

On April 25 IMT’s Cliff Majersik will participate in an exploratory meeting for the American National Standards Institute in which he will deliver a presentation on existing building energy rating systems, market acceptance, and laws mandating reporting of building ratings, among other pressing issues in building energy efficiency.

Registration is free and open to all interested stakeholders. A draft agenda is available here.

Image courtesy of Niklas Bildhauer via Wikimedia Commons

May 17 Webinar: "Streamlining Code Compliance Processes"

This webinar will focus on ways to improve or streamline building regulatory processes to drive code compliance. 

Sponsored by IMT, the National League of Cities (NLC), and the International Code Council (ICC).

IMT’s Code Compliance Specialist Ryan Meres will be speaking, along with Jim Brown, Deputy Building Official for the City of Gillette, Wyo., and other building officials.

To register, please contact Ryan Meres at

If You Missed Us the First Time Around...

Earlier this month, several IMT staffers presented at the 2012 Market Transformation Symposium in Washington, D.C., organized by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy.
Presentations from the two-day event can be accessed here.

On March 22, IMT's Cliff Majersik presented to Mid-Atlantic utility commissioners at a Greater Philadelphia Innovation Cluster event. The slides from his talk, on the role of data in transforming the market for energy efficiency and retrofits, can be seen here.
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