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RMI Outlet

Commercial Buildings

Systems Thinking for Radically Efficient and Profitable Data Centers

This presentation shows how to apply a whole-system approach to the energy use in data centers in order to provide 95–99% energy savings. The authors present strategies for saving energy that have been applied effectively to new and existing data centers. For example, using a centralized cooling system can cut…

The Energy Challenge: A New Agenda for Corporate Real Estate

From June of 2006 to April of 2007, the RMI and CoreNet Global team carried out research focused on identifying barriers, documenting successes, and outlining recommendations for the increased incorporation of energy efficiency in corporate real estate. The research included an online survey administered to over 240 real estate professionals…

Why Build Green?

This guide describes the benefits of green building and dismisses the notion that building using green methods is more expensive than traditional methods. The goal of green building is to coordinate such interconnected issues as site and building design, energy and water efficiency, resource-efficient construction, lighting and mechanical design, and…

Design for Health: Summit for Massachusetts Health Care Decision Makers

This report describes the Design for Health: Summit for Massachusetts Health Care Decision Makers, which was held in Massachusetts in 2004. The primary goal of the summit was to bring together leading healthcare facility decision makers, discuss the arguments for and evidence supporting “healthy design,” and brainstorm initiatives and implementation…

Energy Performance Contracting for New Buildings

This guide describes energy performance contracts and performance-based fees for new buildings. Performance contracting provides an incentive for architects to design and construct efficient buildings and promotes better integration between architects, engineers, builders, owners, and operations and maintenance staff. The contracts provide an incentive to the design and construction community…