At a Glance
In early October 2014, the WBCSD and US BCSD hosted a deep-dive workshop to support the development and implementation of ambitious, practical strategies for reducing building energy consumption by 30% or more in the Houston market. To achieve that goal, various stakeholders in Houston’s commercial building sector convened to diagnose and tackle key barriers to energy efficiency, recommend practical action plans for achieving market transformation to improve energy efficiency, and establish clearly defined stakeholder commitments. Results from this workshop led to the formation of this Energy Efficiency in Buildings – Houston platform and the ongoing efforts described on this site.
About the Lab
The Houston EEB Laboratory took place on 8-10 October 2014 at the conference center of Thompson & Knight LLP in Three Allen Center and Rice University’s prestigious James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy. The Laboratory brought together key building decision makers and a variety of important stakeholders to facilitate dialogue, definition of action, and commitments on the subject of energy efficiency in buildings.
Key Action Areas
Actions identified from the lab are grouped into four themes, and are targeted primarily at Class B and C building owners, who have less history of making EEB investments. All EEB Lab participants agreed that this market is a priority action area. Implementation of these actions is being driven by the finance, policy, communications and operations committees described in this website.
- Raising awareness of the multiple benefits of Energy Efficiency in Buildings (EEB) – Targeted communications to emphasize the benefits of EEB, with the aim of motivating regional real estate professionals to take action on energy efficiency.
- Financing EEB Solutions – The coordination, promotion and development of energy efficiency financing options and tools, in tandem with improving access to these solutions. All financial tools, such as utility on-bill financing, energy service agreements, and Keeping PACE in Texas, will be presented under an energy efficiency financing umbrella.
- Building Capacity to deliver EEB Solutions – Identification of industry best practice and allocation of EEB training resources to scale up energy efficiency projects in Houston. Training will address the nature of energy efficiency investments, achieving maximum value and realizing energy savings that can be sustained.
- Increasing Houston’s real estate market competitiveness with EEB Solutions – Public policy development to improve the long-term competitiveness of Houston’s buildings. The implementation team will serve as a sounding board for proposed policy and regulatory action.
The Lab Report
This comprehensive report summarizes all information uncovered during the three-day stakeholder engagement laboratory, and is the foundation for the Energy Efficiency in Buildings – Houston platform. It contains background information on the project, general findings, summaries of stakeholder interviews, analysis and recommendations, and critical actions and next steps. Click the cover image to the left to download the report.
“EEB Laboratories foster a shared understanding of the specific barriers a building market is facing. Most importantly, they allow the creation of partnerships that are necessary to drive action to overcome these market barriers.” Roland Hunziker, Director Sustainable Buildings at WBCSD