To help communities reduce energy use by up to 50 percent and CO2 emissions by up to 80 percent (versus standard developments), Owens Corning formed a strategic alliance focused on developers, campuses and entire communities.
The alliance includes Owens Corning, MVV decon GmbH – an international consulting subsidiary of the German company MVV Energiedienstleistungen GmbH – and energy productivity solutions provider Garforth International.Initiatives range from college campuses in Ohio to a community in Urumqi, China, with the primary focus on new and renovated communities in North America. The Integrated Energy Master Plan that serves as the basis for the initiatives has the the following goals:
- Reduce energy demand, ranging from 25 to 50 percent, compared to the typical building-by-building approach to improving energy efficiency.
- Use smaller equipment to heat or cool the buildings, thus reducing cost and waste in the project.
- Reduce the need for each building to operate as an island, allowing peak loading for the system to be distributed among all the buildings and reducing the overall peak loads and energy waste.
- Decrease greenhouse gas emissions of up to 80 percent compared to business as usual energy use and delivery approaches.