The monthly update of the Institute for Market Transformation

July 2013
Achieving Scale With Energy Efficiency in the U.S.

On June 12, the Global Buildings Performance Network (GBPN) and the Johnson Controls Institute for Building Efficiency (IBE) hosted a roundtable dialogue in Washington, "Insights, Indicators and Interest in Achieving Scale With Energy Efficiency in the United States."

The event brought together leaders from the public and private sectors to discuss trends in the energy efficiency market. Jennifer Layke, director of IBE, presented top-level findings from the institute's annual Energy Efficiency Indicator study, while the GBPN's Jayson Antonoff unveiled the highlights of the new Economist Intelligence Unit briefing paper, Achieving Scale in the US, commissioned by the GBPN.

A wide-ranging conversation followed, focusing on the importance of energy benchmarking and disclosure to drive market transformation; the need for analysis and standardization as well as collection of building energy data; the value of co-benefits of efficiency; and whether lack of financing is as significant a barrier as many people assume.

See the GBPN's new video on Achieving Scale in the US, featuring roundtable attendees including Maria Vargas (U.S. Department of Energy) and Alex Dews (Philadelphia Mayor's Office of Sustainability).

Green Lease Primer Helps Retailers Be Sustainable

This week, the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) and IMT released the Retail Green Lease Primer, a first-of-its-kind document that helps retailers and retail owners improve the efficiency of their facilities.

The document was developed with significant input from national owners and retailers to educate real estate and leasing agents on key retail lease provisions necessary for achieving reductions in energy, waste,water use—and cost.

Retailers and landlords have identified the lease as a significant mechanism to promote sustainability. This document will be crucial in starting the efficiency conversation, as well as facilitating internal conversations and negotiations during the leasing process.

The resource includes the 13 most important lease topics in a clear and simple format. To view it, click here.

Apply Now: Standard Bearers Award

For the second year, IMT and GBPN will recognize jurisdictions and code officials using strategies that have improved building energy code compliance and energy reduction in a cost-effective manner.

Winners of the Standard Bearers award will be featured on IMT’s website, publicized in a press release, and announced at IMT’s booth at the International Code Council 2013 Annual Conference in Atlantic City, N.J.

To be considered, complete an application form and email it to Ryan Meres at as a PDF file. Attach supporting materials as appropriate. Applications are due August 30, 2013.

Bob Sahadi: Energy Efficiency Is Ready for the Mainstream

As the U.S. housing market continues its slow climb out of the recession, investment in the nation’s existing housing inventory remains well below historical levels. However, recent studies have shown that households are notably increasing spending in one important area—energy efficiency...

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Webinar on 8/6: Commercial Building Energy Data Access

The Better Buildings Initiative and the SEE Action Network are hosting a webinar on the underlying barriers affecting access to building energy data, and the solutions currently underway. The upcoming webinar will highlight the successful collaboration between building owners, utilities, regulators, and policymakers in Philadelphia.
  • Date: Tuesday, August 6, 2013
  • Time: 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. EDT
  • Registration:
  • Presenters: Laurie Actman (Energy Efficient Buildings Hub), Tom Bonner (PECO), Jim Gallagher (SEE Action, New York State Smart Grid Consortium), Darren Gill (Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission), Marla Thalheimer (Liberty Property Trust)
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