RMI Outlet, Rocky Mountain Institute’s blog, explores topics critical to RMI’s mission to transform global energy use to create a clean, prosperous, and secure low-carbon future.
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Building energy modeling has enjoyed a steep adoption and market uptake curve in the last decade. However, the two biggest drivers of today’s modeling demand—the building owner’s need to comply with regulations and codes, and the owner’s desire to comply with voluntary programs like LEED, tax incentives and utility incentives—do not necessarily best support the objective of widespread low-energy building design and operation.
Imagine a world where oil and coal and nuclear energy have all been phased out, all vanquished by the competitors whose lower costs and risks have already enabled them to capture most of the world’s market for new electrical services—energy efficiency, distributed renewables, combined-heat-and-power—and optionally by small amounts of advanced biofuels that use no cropland and move car¬bon from air to tilth; where resilient, right-sized energy systems make major fail¬ures impossible, not inevitable;... Watch Amory deliver the full commencement address or read the full transcript of the address.
Reliable and consistent whole-building energy analysis is necessary to achieve increasingly aggressive performance targets in the buildings sector, and to motivate building owners to invest in energy efficiency.
RMI’s Project Get Ready is focused on preparing cities around the country for the arrival and growth of the electric vehicle (EV) industry. Watch Ben Holland, PGR project manager, explain more about the way PGR convenes everyone from government leaders to electrical contractors in cities around the country to tackle some of the thorny questions around EV infrastructure...
Within any given city, many well-established sectors must change to accommodate plug-ins, and diverse players must build a new system of connectivity in order to coordinate charging times, billing, consumer preferences, and other factors.