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The Superefficient Passive Building Frontier

This article suggests that integrated whole-building design can yield superior comfort with about three to 30 times less mechanical energy and often with lower capital costs, but that achieving this poses fundamental challenges to professional education and practice and to compensation structure. The article provides a case study of the…

Greening the White House: a Comprehensive Energy and Environmental Retrofit

This report describes RMI’s experience with the “Greening the White House” project. In this initiative, the Clinton administration analyzed, designed, and implemented a program to improve the energy use in the building. The White House has had a long tradition of demonstrating technological innovation. In keeping with that tradition, the…

Greening the Building and the Bottom Line

This paper, which was written jointly by RMI and the Department of Energy, describes the energy efficiency measures undertaken by eight organizations. In each of the cases presented, improved efficiency in lighting, heating, and cooling increased worker productivity, decreased absenteeism, and sometimes improved the quality of the work being performed.

Negawatts for Buildings

Growing concern about energy and the environment is increasing the pressure on developers and property managers. This paper argues that cutting energy use is the best way to yield significant savings both in energy costs and user experience. State of the art lighting retrofits, effective daylighting, superwindows, office equipment, motor…

Energy Efficient Buildings: Institutional Barriers and Opportunities

In this 1992 paper, Amory Lovins explains that buildings are rarely built to use energy efficiently, despite the sizeable costs that inefficient designs impose on building owners, occupants, and the utility companies that serve them. The reasons for this massive market failure have to do with the institutional framework within…