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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 combining demand aggregation, using a "zero over time" approach, and supply chain coordination to deploy high-quality, prefabricated mass-scale 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.

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 over the past five years, with another 100,000 planned across Europe.

Why It Matters

America’s 125 million residential units account for approximately 20% of the country’s total carbon emissions, but less than a tenth of a percent are operating at net zero energy, according to the Net Zero Energy Coalition’s 2017 inventory. Progress continues to be hindered in large part by the disaggregation of both supply and demand―today, every retrofit is a custom job, involving significant time, complexity and cost. At the same time, nearly 50 million Americans are living at or below the federal poverty line, with many struggling to pay for their utilities versus other basic needs. While low-income families stand to benefit the most from high-performing buildings, they also face the greatest barriers in accessing them, spending up to 20% of their income on energy, compared to just 4% for the average US household.

Who’s Involved?

We are working with leading partners and innovators on the supply and demand sides of multifamily home retrofits, including municipalities and government housing agencies, building owners and developers, manufacturers, and financiers.

What We're Doing

Retrofit Package Demonstrations

Supported by awards from the US 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 solutions while organizing the supply chain to develop more integrated retrofit systems for deployment across the multifamily housing market.

Market Facilitation

Supported by a California Energy Commission award, REALIZE will organize the market in California to provide zero-net-energy retrofits at scale for disadvantaged communities across the state. The team will look to streamline everything from financing, to permitting, to the installation process for sets of turnkey net-zero retrofit solutions.

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Manufacturers Consortium

RetrofitNY, an Energiesprong program in the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, and REALIZE are collaborating to work with manufacturers to accelerate the development of a robust supply chain for net-zero retrofit packages. The team is especially focused on bundled solutions consisting of components such as envelope panelization systems and modular, prefabricated, integrated mechanical system units. These pre-designed and prefabricated packages will result in enhanced quality assurance, and will streamline production and installation, making high performance building design and construction more efficient and cost competitive.

Inclusive Economy

REALIZE is partnering with the Emerald Cities Collaborative and local entities to recruit and train minority, veteran, and women contractors, connecting them to project opportunities and readying them for taking on bigger and more complex projects.

Funding Partners

Department of Energy

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California Energy Commission

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Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance

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Noorda Foundation

Partner

Project Partners and Collaborators

New York State Energy Research and Development Authority

Partner

Energiesprong

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Net Zero Energy Coalition

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Passive House Institute US

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Prospect Silicon Valley

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Association for Energy Affordability

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University of California Davis

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California Housing Partnership Corporation

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San Francisco Department of Environment

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The Levy Partnership

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Re:Vision Architecture

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Staengl Engineering

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Integral Group

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David Baker Architects

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Stone Energy Associates

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Pembina Institute

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Natural Resources Canada

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Industry Partners

Mitsubishi Electric

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Goodman Manufacturing

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RenewAire

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PowerWise

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Our Team

James Mandel
Managing Director

Cara Carmichael
Principal

Martha Campbell
Manager

Rebecca Cole
Program Marketing Director

Madeline Cook
Market Consultant

Adam Parker
Market Consultant

Brett Webster
Senior Associate

Maggie Huang
Associate

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Resources

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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Blog

Social Equity, Affordable Housing, and the Net-Zero Energy Opportunity, 2018

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Summary

REALIZE New York Supply-Side Convening—2016

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Summary

REALIZE San Francisco Demand-Side Convening—2017

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Feasibility Study

San Francisco Techno Economic Study

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Feasibility Resource

Techno Economic Study: How To Guide

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Blog

Getting to Net-Zero Carbon in Multifamily Homes, 2016

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Video

Net-Zero Housing: The Energiesprong Model

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Article

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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