The monthly update of the Institute for Market Transformation

August 2016
New NYC Buildings Report Shows Progress On Efficiency

 On August 24, the New York City Mayor's Office, along with the Urban Green Council and New York University's Center for Urban Science and Progress released "New York City’s Energy and Water Use 2013 Report,a comprehensive analysis of data which focuses on 2013 energy and water usage of buildings in New York City reported in 2014.

The analysis in the report finds that between 2010 and 2013, greenhouse gas emissions from 3,000 consistently benchmarked properties with a 100 percent compliance rate
which includes zero gaps between benchmarking periodsdropped by eight percent, while energy use decreased six percent.

To continue progress on these encouraging data findings, the report identifies several opportunities for energy savings and builds upon the findings of the City’s One City: Built to Last Technical Working Group Report released in April
which include improving heating system efficiency, preventing energy losses from window and wall air-conditioning units, and updating lighting and installing lighting controls.

"New York City’s Energy and Water Use Report represents another significant step forward in using rigorous data analytics to yield actionable insight that supports urban sustainability and long-term energy efficiency,” said Professor Constantine E. Kontokosta, Lead Researcher for the Data Analysis at NYU’s Center for Urban Science and Progress and Tandon School of Engineering. “The Mayor’s Office of Sustainability has once again demonstrated the value of a data-driven approach to reducing energy use and carbon emissions from buildings, and the potential for innovative, evidenced-based policies to drive real change."

For more information, read the NYC Mayor's Office press release and download the report on the Urban Green Council's website


IMT and DCSEU Release Plug Load Management Study

As an environmentally conscious landlord, The Tower Companies (Tower) implemented a number of energy conservation measures at The Millennium Building, a multi-tenant office building in Washington, D.C. To go beyond base building improvements and further reduce energy in tenant spaces, Tower sought plug load management expertise from IMT and the Waypoint Building Group, a software and analytics provider for commercial real estate. Plug and process loads (PPLs) such as electronic devices, appliances, and office equipment consume about one-third of primary energy in U.S. commercial buildings, equating to approximately $56 billion dollars in energy expenditures per year

With funding from the DC Sustainable Energy Utility, IMT and Waypoint conducted research at The Millennium Building to assess the cost and impact on energy usage from PPL management strategies over a 105-day period. Aquicore sub-metered and provided energy management software to monitor plug loads, and TrickleStar provided advanced power strips for the experiments. 

For the commercial real estate market, the resulting study, "Increasing Tenant Engagement Through Plug Load Management," presents PPL strategies and their associated energy savings, while also exploring the most cost-effective pathways to implementation. The study is meant to highlight the process and opportunities of PPL management rather than define a standard economic outcome, as several variables could affect the outcome on a case-by-case basis. 

New Recording: Running an Energy Benchmarking Help Center

In August, IMT hosted "Benchmarking Help Centers: Case Studies of Successful City and Third Party Partnerships," in an effort to share best practices with cities designing and implementing benchmarking and other similar energy efficiency policies and programs. IMT is exploring what the appropriate role is for benchmarking help centers, what resources are needed, and how cities can operate them to get the best results. For those who missed it, the full recording is now available on IMT's YouTube channel

During this webinar, Jayson Antonoff, IMT's Associate Technical Director of Building Performance Policy, led a discussion on how some cities have served outreach and end-user support needs by relying strictly on internal staff, while others have chosen to work with an outside third party, to gain additional support and analytical capabilities. Other presenters included three cities and their partner organizations:

Each pair of presenters provided insights on how responsibilities have been divided up between the participating organizations, lessons learned through their experience, and potential future directions to maximize the impact of these programs while controlling costs. View the webinar.

EPA Adds Waste and Materials Tracking to Portfolio Manager

On August 8, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the addition of waste and materials tracking to Portfolio Manager. EPA’s Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery and ENERGY STAR programs worked together to identify and develop metrics to make it easy for building owners and managers to track waste and materials. 

Portfolio Manager now tracks 29 different types of Waste/Materials, everything from basic trash to cooking grease to appliances. Users can track each of these items according to one of four different “Waste Management Methods”:

  • Recycled
  • Composted
  • Donated/Reused
  • Disposed. (Users can further categorize Disposed Waste [trash] according to one of four “Disposed Waste Destinations: landfill; incineration; waste to energy; and other/unknown)

Users may also track the waste or material according to whether it is picked up on a regular basis (like trash or recycling), or if pick up is “intermittent” or one-time only (like a one-time donation of old office furniture).

Save the Dates: IMT and NASEO to host Webinars on Major 2018 IECC Code Change Proposals

In September, IMT and the National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO) will kick off a five-part webinar series examining proposed changes to the 2018 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC). The webinars will take place every Thursday at 2 pm EDT starting September 15.

The first webinar in the series will focus on two important proposals related to multifamily buildings and agricultural lighting. Applying the provisions of the IECC to multifamily buildings has long been a source of confusion. Depending on the number of stories, the building may have to comply with the residential or commercial provisions, neither of which adequately address multifamily construction. Proposal CE-272 provides a solution to the longstanding confusion by creating a separate chapter in the IECC to address multifamily construction. The second proposal to be discussed is CE-200 which addresses agricultural lighting. In some states, agricultural lighting is one of the fastest growing energy end-uses. Proposal CE-200 will provide clarity around the use of lighting for plant growth and maintenance. Finally, the webinar will conclude with an overview of the IECC development process and upcoming key dates. 


  • Sean Denniston, Sr. Project Manager, New Buildings Institute
  • Jim Edelson, Director-Codes and Policy, New Buildings Institute 
  • Ryan Meres, Sr. Code Compliance Specialist, Institute for Market Transformation 

Click here to register for the first webinar. If you'd like to receive notices for future webinars, please email IMT's Senior Code Complaince Specialist Ryan Meres.

We're Hiring!

IMT has the following position open:

Chief Financial and Administrative Officer

IMT Releases Energy-Efficient Lighting Resource

Designed to help home builders promote their investment in energy-efficient lighting, this resource from IMT highlights the benefits offered to homeowners from market offerings. It is designed to be used as part of a home builder's collateral set in marketing new homes to potential buyers.

Developed as part of the organization's work on code development, adoption, and enforcement, this resource is also available in a customizable version for home builders.

Download the resource for free, and for more information on accessing the customizable version of this document, please contact IMT's Senior Code Compliance Specialist Ryan Meres.

IMT in the News

How to find energy-efficient commercial space 08/26/16

5 Environmentally Safe Actions That Will Increase Your Home’s Value
The Huffington Post 08/17/16

Can Zero-Energy Buildings Become the Norm?, 08/17/16

Mortgage Underwriters Should Take Energy Consumption into Account, says RMI
ProBuilder, 08/16/16

Massachusetts Debates the Value of Energy Efficient Homes
Zondits 08/08/16

IMT and RMI's New Green Lease Tools Help Tenants Compare Building Performance
RMI Outlet, 08/08/16
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For Freddie Mac, Energy Data Matters

The multifamily building sector in the U.S. has an untapped potential energy savings of $9 billion. So it was welcome news when earlier this month Freddie Mac, the mortgage financier, launched the Freddie Mac Multifamily Green Advantage, a suite of financial offerings to encourage multifamily rental building owners to invest in energy and water efficiency.

In IMT's latest blog post, Senior Program Associate Megan Houston, who leads IMT’s multifamily finance work, takes a look at Freddie Mac's  Green Up and Green Up Plus programs that give preferential financing for borrowers making energy and water efficiency investments, and what it means for borrowers seeking energy efficiency financing.

In exchange for a loan, borrowers must provide their energy and water benchmarking data to Freddie Mac. More in The Current

Retrofit Chicago Expands

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced on July 28 that 12 additional buildings have joined the Retrofit Chicago Energy Challenge, expanding the program to 62 buildings and 43 million square feet, and making it one of the largest voluntary efficiency programs in the country.

Current participants are already generating more than $6.4 million in annual savings through a commitment to improve whole-building energy efficiency by at least 20 percent within five years of joining.

To build on this success, Mayor Emanuel has committed to expanding the total number of Chicago Energy Challenge building participants to 80 by mid 2017.  View the press release for more details.

Houston Launches PACE Program

On August 3, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and the Texas PACE Authority announced the launch of a commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy or PACE program, providing an additional tool for Houston property owners to finance energy efficiency, renewable energy, and water conservation projects.

The State of Texas authorized municipal and county PACE Programs in 2013. Houston City Council adopted a resolution establishing a Houston PACE program on November 4, 2015.  To learn more about Houston’s PACE program, visit


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