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.
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% of carbon dioxide emissions, totaling 14 gigatons per year. Indoor pollutant levels may be 2 to 5 and as much as 100 times higher indoors, where people spend 90% of their lives.
The U.S. buildings sector is the #1 source of air-pollution-related premature deaths. In order to reverse this trend of unhealthy air, we must eliminate 50% of buildings-related emissions by 2030. Retrofits are an important part of the solution to reduce these emissions.
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..
What We're Doing
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.
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.
Passive House Institute US (PHIUS) is a core partner of REALIZE and the ABC Collaborative. PHIUS is focused on optimizing performance standards and establishing design guidelines for more industrialized approaches to implementing retrofit technologies. Guidelines and performance standards will be published on an ongoing basis as they are made available regionally.
REALIZE offers an innovative approach for multifamily portfolio owners to improve their existing building stock and set building portfolios on a financially viable path to achieve zero-energy and zero-carbon emissions. The zero-over-time approach provides a portfolio-wide roadmap for undertaking deep energy and water efficiency, electrification, renewable energy, and energy storage projects that are timed with major building life-cycle events, or triggers.
The 2019 Boston Contractor Academy begins October 24.
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.
Department of Energy
California Energy Commission
New York State Energy Research and Development Authority
Passive House Institute US
Emerald Cities Collaborative
The Levy Partnership
Association for Energy Affordability
University of California Davis
San Francisco Department of Environment
Prospect Silicon Valley
David Baker Architects
Stone Energy Associates
Request for Proposals
REALIZE regularly leads demonstration projects that require design, engineering, manufacturing, and monitoring services.
A Market Assessment
REALIZE: Catalyzing a Zero-Carbon Residential Revolution
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.
REALIZE observations from an August 2018 field trip to Energiesprong projects in the Netherlands
Sizing the market for integrated, all-electric mechanical systems, 2018
Techno Economic Study: How To Guide
Blogs, Videos and Articles
The New York Times
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