The monthly update of the Institute for Market Transformation

July 2015
NASEO Supports Energy Benchmarking and Data Access

On July 22, the National Association of State Energy Officials' (NASEO) Board of Directors voted to support building energy benchmarking and whole-building energy data access—a key factor for building owners and managers to measure, track, and report their buildings' energy usage.  

The resolution, recommended by the NASEO Buildings Committee, was passed unanimously by the Board of Directors at their summer meeting. It supports the benchmarking policies that have already been adopted in several states across the country. States with building energy benchmarking and transparency policies include Alabama, Alaska, California, Connecticut, Kansas, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Utah, and Washington.

The resolution will assist other states, including NASEO members, in their pursuit of building energy performance policies. “Energy benchmarking is a powerful tool for comparative assessment of existing buildings," said Andrew McAllister of the California Energy Commission and a NASEO Board member. "It helps owners and operators manage their buildings effectively, in the process mobilizing cost-effective investments in energy efficiency. Indeed, as a policy matter California supports pervasive use of Energy Star Portfolio Manager. I applaud NASEO and my fellow Board members for encouraging our states' utility partners to provide the data necessary for effective benchmarking programs."

NASEO’s resolution supports similar efforts by the National Association of Regulatory Commissioners (NARUC), the National Association of State Utility Consumer Advocates (NASUCA), and the Data Access and Transparency Alliance (DATA), of which IMT is a co-organizer.

How Do You Make Energy Decisions for Your Multifamily Building?

IMT and the DC Sustainable Energy Utility (DCSEU) are looking to interview apartment owners and managers about management and investment decisions that affect their Washington, DC multifamily portfolio's energy performance. IMT's Megan Houston, Senior Program Associate for Multifamily Finance, will be conducting 30-minute interviews over the coming weeks.

Participants will receive a $50 Amazon gift card and could receive additional assistance in an upcoming pilot program. Please click here to sign up.

Boston New Lead City of C40’s Sustainable Infrastructure Finance Network

The C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group recently announced Boston as the new leader of its Sustainable Infrastructure Finance Network. Building on Chicago’s leadership since the Network’s launch in 2012, Boston will take up the lead city role with the City of Basel remaining as co-chair.

The Sustainable Infrastructure Finance Network is one of C40’s longest-standing and most active networks, with a history of promoting relationship-building, knowledge exchange, and collaboration among C40 cities on the major challenges of financing sustainable urban infrastructure.

“As a coastal city, Boston is vulnerable to climate change, and has an immediate need to begin designing, improving and financing our buildings and infrastructure in new ways. Renew Boston Trust is one of the City’s responses to that challenge,” said Austin Blackmon, Chief of Environment, Energy, and Open Space, for Boston. “Our vision for the C40 Sustainable Infrastructure Finance Network is to explore how cities can attract investment that will help improve the bankability and sustainability of building and infrastructure projects."

Read more on C40's blog about Sustainable Infrastructure Finance Network and the role Boston will play as its new leader.

INFOGRAPHIC: Bringing Landlords and Tenants Together on Energy Efficiency

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IMT and the Council of Smaller Enterprises (COSE) are currently working together in the City of Cleveland to help commercial buildings save money and energy by connecting landlords and tenants around energy efficiency—particularly when it comes to the lease. As part of this effort, IMT and COSE collaborated with Cleveland marketing studio Kiwi Creative to develop a new infographic that shows the transformation of an average building into a high-performing one resulting from green leasing language put into action.

The infographic highlights some key examples of energy-saving clauses that are typically included in a green lease, including regularly commissioning building systems, installing advanced lighting controls and motion sensors, submetering spaces, and training asset and leasing managers about green building benefits and strategies.

For a better look, download the infographic.

IMT in the News

The New Capital of Energy Conservation
USGBC+ 07/24/15

Seven Keys to Alleviating Permitting Pain
Builder Magazine 07/23/15

Washington DC MLS to Add High Performance Home Information 07/21/15

City Announces Project Skyline Challenge Award Winners 07/16/15

From Energy Star to Tenant Star: The Next Frontier in Building Efficiency 07/10/15

TIAA-CREF: Financial Provider Recognized as 2015 Green Lease Leader by IMT and DOE Better Buildings 07/10/15

Local Realty Firm Wins National Recognition as 2015 Green Lease Leader
Fresh Water Cleveland 07/06/15

McMahon Recognized as a 2015 Green Lease Leader by IMT & DOE Better Buildings Alliance
Mid Atlantic Real Estate Journal 07/02/15

The Greening of Leasing
National Real Estate Investor 07/02/15

WEBINAR: 2015 Inspiring Efficiency Award Winners

The Inspiring Efficiency Awards, presented by the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (MEEA), recognize Midwest leaders who deliver groundbreaking advancements in energy efficiency. Join MEEA on August 11 at 3pm EST as they kick off a three-part webinar series featuring this year’s winners.

The City Energy Project’s Amy Jewel, Senior City Advisor for Chicago, will present on Retrofit Chicago and how through sector-specific partnerships, ambitious goals, and a data-driven approach, the program’s participants are increasing energy efficiency, reducing operating costs, creating local 21st century jobs, and avoiding greenhouse gas emissions.

Other speakers will include:

Karen Weigert – Chief Sustainability Officer, City of Chicago
Jamie Ponce – Chicago City Director, C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group
Kate Brown – Program Director, IL PHA Efficient Living

*Register for the webinar here.*

Register Today for VERGE 2015 

IMT is pleased to once again be a media partner for VERGE, an annual conference consisting of four days of focus on efficiency and resilience for companies and cities: including sessions on technologies, strategies, and systems aimed at lowering carbon emissions.

Register before tomorrow,  7/31 & save up to $900 plus10 off with the code: V15IMT.
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