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Commercial Buildings

Big Pipes, Small Pumps: Interface, Inc. Factor Ten Engineering Case Study

This story of Interface Inc.’s Shanghai plant illustrates the pitfalls of the conventional design process—and the remarkable gains that are possible by rethinking basic assumptions. This paper describes how the lead designer Jan Schilham created a radical new layout with shorter, fatter pipes and smaller pumps to save nearly 90…

Green Footstep: Calculations and Data Sources

Green Footstep is an online assessment tool for reducing carbon emissions from building construction projects and is publicly available at greenfootstep.org. The Green Footstep tool guides the user through the process of life cycle carbon assessment, and then reveals how users can theoretically reduce the net carbon emissions. Some description…

Deep Energy Retrofit of Commercial Buildings: A Key Pathway Toward Low-Carbon Cities

Energy efficiency of commercial buildings is a fundamental part of the solution for developing low carbon cities worldwide. Existing commercial buildings consume significant energy, as well as presenting great requirements and opportunities for energy-efficient retrofits. This article introduces an approach tocommercial building retrofits that achieve large energy savings with attractive…

Retrofit Industry Needs Assessment Study

The Retrofit Industry Needs Assessment Study is a part of RMI’s RetroFit Depot. Over the next 3–5 years, the RMI RetroFit team will create and execute new approaches to accelerating deep retrofits in commercial buildings. The project aims to retrofit at least 500 buildings within three years and stimulate far…

Whole-Building Retrofits: A Gateway to Climate Stabilization

This paper discusses creative elements of deep whole-building retrofits. It discusses process and technique, how to select suitable buildings, the key players that must be involved, project development tasks the design team must complete, and tools and skills that engineers will need to acquire to comprehensively and cost-effectively retrofit the…