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We’re catalyzing massive market growth for buildings that are more productive, valuable, healthy, and safe for the people who occupy them, society, and the planet. In the U.S. alone, we aim to reduce 390 trillion BTU’s for 4 billion square feet of space. This is the equivalent of decommissioning 17 coal-power plants.

90
%
of time the average American spends indoors
35
%
energy consumed globally by buildings
60
%
generated electricity consumed by buildings
39
%
of U.S. carbon emissions come from buildings
WHY

The buildings in which we work, live, learn, and play threaten our climate, our economy, and our health while also posing an increasing financial risk to owners and investors. As the biggest consumers of power, buildings can literally make or break the critical transition to a low-carbon energy future.

HOW

Pathways to Zero

We're setting the building industry on a path to, or beyond, net-zero energy in new and existing building portfolios and at the district level.

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Portfolio Energy Optimization

We're bringing building efficiency into the age of the portfolio owner with an innovative, hands-on, mass-customized approach to commercial retrofits.

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Residential Energy+

We're unlocking U.S. homeowner investment in energy efficiency and renewable energy to create better homes for our families, our pocketbooks, and the environment.

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REALIZE

We’re catalyzing the development of a speedy and scalable process for zero-carbon residential energy retrofits.

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The RMI Difference

We work in both developed and developing markets to increase demand for more productive buildings by demonstrating exceptional value—beyond energy cost savings—to owners, occupants, and the environment. We are shifting the paradigm of building energy use from one focused on cost reduction, to one focused on energy productivity; supporting the global transition to a clean, cost-effective, renewably-powered electricity system.

Features and News

Electric Vehicle in Park Charging station in UK Street

Report

Energy Efficiency and Electric Vehicles: How Buildings Can Pave the Way for the Global EV Revolution

The electric vehicle (EV) revolution is here, and countries around the world have set aggressive EV goals and targets as a means to cut carbon, improve air quality, and accelerate a renewably powered electricity grid. The cheapest and quickest way to free up electricity for EVs is to save it in our buildings.

Report Release

Lumens as a Service

A new approach to delivering advanced lighting systems to the commercial building sector can tap a $63 billion LED and advanced controls market, and unlocking opportunities for additional growth by 2035.

News

We Need to Enhance PACE Instead of Bringing It to a Standstill

The unique characteristics of Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) make it an important market enabler for home performance solutions that deliver myriad homeowner and broader societal and economic benefits.

Photo courtesy of Morgan Creek Ventures

Project Update

Boulder Commons Sets New Standard for Net-Zero Leases

A first-of-its-kind lease structure builds a strong business case for both tenants and landlords to actively contribute to meet a commercial development’s net-zero energy goals. The groundbreaking lease also serves as a model for other multitenant projects.