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REALIZE

REALIZE aims to catalyze the zero carbon residential revolution. Together, we’ll make better performing, safer, and more comfortable homes for all American families while spurring wealth and job creation in communities across the country, especially those that have been economically left behind.

What Is REALIZE?

REALIZE is a market facilitation platform that seeks to establish high volume net zero carbon retrofit delivery programs across the US. Market facilitation activities include aggregating retrofit demand while coordinating the supply chain to deploy high-quality, prefabricated retrofit packages that are easy to install and are financed through utility cost savings.

Our vision is a future where buildings are heated, cooled, and powered using renewable, non-greenhouse gas emitting resources and where historically disenfranchised communities are fully included in the benefits and can take part in the new workforce it will take to get there.

Why It Matters

Buildings are the largest contributor to greenhouse gas emissions globally. Building construction and operations are responsible for 40 percent of emissions, totaling 14 gigatons of CO2 per year. At the same time, buildings are the number one source of air-pollution-related premature deaths in the United States.

In order to reverse both these trends we must eliminate 50 percent of building-related emissions by 2030. Retrofits are an important part of the solution!

Inspiration

REALIZE is inspired by Energiesprong, an innovative model from the Netherlands. A public-private partnership, Energiesprong has implemented zero-energy retrofits to the tune of almost 5,000 units of multifamily housing over the past five years, with another 100,000 planned across Europe.

What We're Doing

Regional Market Facilitation

REALIZE works with local stakeholders and suppliers to establish regional project delivery platforms for building decarbonization retrofit packages, with REALIZE-CA (California) as our flagship program. The goal is for the delivery platform to streamline everything from financing, to permitting, to the installation process for a set of turnkey net-zero retrofit solutions.

R&D and Demonstrations

Supported by awards from the U.S. Department of Energy and the California Energy Commission, REALIZE is launching several pilots to demonstrate Energiesprong-like retrofit packages. These projects seek to test the efficacy of these solutions while organizing the supply chain to develop more integrated retrofit systems for deployment across the multifamily housing market.

Advanced Building Construction Collaborative

REALIZE is a member of the Advanced Building Construction (ABC) Collaborative. REALIZE supports the ABC Collaborative’s mission to coordinate various market actors to accelerate the research and development and deployment of high-performance building systems into the U.S. construction sector for new buildings and retrofits.

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Zero Over Time

REALIZE offers the zero-over-time approach for multifamily portfolio owners to improve their existing building stock. The approach offers a portfolio-wide roadmap for undertaking projects in deep energy and water efficiency, electrification, renewable energy, and energy storage that are timed with major building life-cycle events, or triggers.

Inclusive Economy

REALIZE supports partners such as the Emerald Cities Collaborative to recruit and train people of color and women contractors, connecting them to project opportunities and readying them for taking on bigger and more complex projects.

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Policy

Although technology and financing solutions will play a large role in scaling zero-carbon retrofits, addressing institutional barriers and creating conducive market conditions will be just as critical. The REALIZE policy team works with federal and state policymakers, agencies, and community organizations to support market-enabling policies and regulatory environments.

Partners

Department of Energy

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California Energy Commission

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New York State Energy Research and Development Authority

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Energiesprong

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Passive House Institute US

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Emerald Cities Collaborative

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The Levy Partnership

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Re:Vision Architecture

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Staengl Engineering

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Association for Energy Affordability

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University of California Davis

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San Francisco Department of Environment

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Prospect Silicon Valley

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Integral Group

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David Baker Architects

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Stone Energy Associates

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Our Team

James Mandel

Martha Campbell
Principal

maura mooney

Maura Mooney
Program Coordinator

Amy Egerter

Amy Egerter
Manager

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Lucas Toffoli
Manager

Brett Webster
Manager

Adam Parker
REALIZE Market Consultant

Maggie Huang
Senior Associate

Request for Proposals

REALIZE regularly leads demonstration projects that require design, engineering, manufacturing, and monitoring services.

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Regional Programs

REALIZE-CA

Learn more about REALIZE's California program.

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Resources

ABC Collaborative Report: Market Opportunities and Challenges for Decarbonizing US Buildings

This report provides a synthesis of technologies and approaches that can help to implement new construction and building retrofits.

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Prefabricated Zero Energy Retrofit Technologies

A Market Assessment

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Zero Over Time Brochure

REALIZE: Catalyzing a Zero-Carbon Residential Revolution

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Energiesprong Monitoring and Performance Webinar

Factory Zero tells us more about their monitoring systems and performance monitoring to manage maintenance needs, tenant behavior, and to ensure savings in retrofit buildings.

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Energiesprong Dutch Field Trip Webinar

REALIZE observations from an August 2018 field trip to Energiesprong projects in the Netherlands

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MEP Insight Brief

Sizing the market for integrated, all-electric mechanical systems, 2018

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Feasibility Resource

Techno Economic Study: How To Guide

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Blogs, Videos and Articles

Entire Buildings Can Be Wrapped in Jackets to Save Energy

Scientific American

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Strategic Tax Credits to Decarbonize Buildings

RMI 2021

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The Many-Armed Reach of REALIZE

Passive House Accelerator 2021

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Northeast Multifamily Retrofit

Passive House Accelerator 2021

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REALIZE-CA: Retrofit Solutions in California

Passive House Accelerator 2021

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New York’s Real Climate Challenge: Its Aging Buildings

The New York Times

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Prefab Needs to be Fixed Before It Can Save Housing

Forbes

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Social Equity, Affordable Housing, and the Net-Zero Energy Opportunity

RMI 2018

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Getting to Net-Zero Carbon in Multifamily Homes

RMI 2016

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Energiesprong Scaling in Europe

The Guardian

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Get Involved

We are seeking partners interested in bringing the clean industrial revolution to U.S. homes. Is that you?

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