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Resource Hub For Building Systems Efficiency

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A lot of energy consumption happens indoors, making buildings an important target for energy efficiency. And the energy efficiency toolkit is getting smarter: emerging innovations around building systems and grid-interactive technologies are combining with proven solutions like high-efficiency windows and insulation to make the promise of decarbonization a reality in the buildings sector. But to get there, we need to do more to push energy efficiency into the market.


Resource Hub For Building Systems Efficiency

Want to learn more about building systems efficiency opportunities and ongoing efforts? You’re in the right place: this resource hub is a growing platform of case studies, program guidance, tools, and consensus reports that build on the Going Beyond Zero report’s recommendations for moving the market toward a systems approach. Click on the links below to learn more about these projects or reach out to the Alliance

Case Studies of Utility-Led Energy Efficiency Programs that Encourage Systems-Level Approaches to Energy Savings

The Alliance developed a series of case studies on utility energy efficiency programs across the United States that incentivize electric and/or gas customers to take a comprehensive approach to energy management and invest in systems-level efficiency improvements. Meeting their increasingly ambitious energy efficiency and pollution emissions targets will require many utilities to move beyond traditional efficiency programs – such as providing rebates for upgrading specific equipment – and carry out programs that achieve deeper savings by focusing on building systems. The highlighted programs demonstrate that system-level optimization of building efficiency can help achieve significant untapped potential for energy savings.

Commercial & Industrial Lighting Lifetime and Peak Demand Savings Analysis

This 2019 report finds that state efficiency policies routinely understate energy savings potential of lighting systems, leaving substantial savings on the table. Key recommendations of the report include shifting energy efficiency programs toward incentive strategies that promote LED lighting and networked lighting controls (NLC) as a system, which could increase recognized NLC lifetime savings by 22% and help shave peak demand. The report was prepared by the Energy Futures Group and published jointly by the Alliance (funded by GE Current, a Daintree company) and the DesignLights Consortium (DLC). Learn more.

ESCO-Utility Dialogue to Explore a New Generation of Energy Efficiency Programs

The Alliance and the National Association of Energy Service Companies hosted a dialogue in October 2019 among utilities and energy service companies (ESCOs) to explore opportunities to collaborate on a new generation of energy efficiency programs focused on whole building system improvements. Since both ESCOs and utilities eye the same energy efficiency and distributed energy resource markets for growth, attendees at the October dialogue agreed that a future built on cooperation can benefit both industries. Learn more about the Active Efficiency Collaborative's work in this area. 

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