Milwaukee-based Johnson Controls has launched a free report designed to help governments improve the air quality and efficiency of commercial buildings, while saving companies money and helping them reduce carbon emissions.
The Driving Transformation to Energy Efficient Buildings: Policies and Actions tool kit outlines a framework governments can follow to help increase the rate of energy efficiency improvement in buildings. The tool kit is specifically targeted at developing countries.
Buildings consume nearly 40 percent of energy globally, Johnson Controls said. Increasing energy productivity through building efficiency and other measures has the potential to slow the growth of energy demand in developing countries by more than half (of current figures) by 2020.
The tool kit provides governments with a number of options that can be taken including the adoption of building efficiency codes and standards; improvement targets; policies that increase awareness, information and market transparency such as rating and certification programs; financial incentives; utility programs; and workforce training programs.
The report was completed over the past 13 months with help from the Business Council for Sustainable Energy, the Center for Clean Air Policy, the World Green Building Council and the US Green Building Council. The tool kit includes a workshop facilitator’s guide, templates and analysis tools.
Separately, the National Demand Response Directory, owned by energy consulting company Skipping Stone, announced it has added more than 400 demand response programs to its national database. The NDRD system now has more than 1,700 C&I demand response program reports. The additional programs include all the major system operators such as CAISO, ERCOT, ISONE, MISO, NYISO, PJ and SPP.
During this database project, NDRD staff also updated a significant portion of the existing program listings. The number of new programs, updated older programs and a flood of new market participants and technologies all attest to how robust the demand response market is today, Skipping Stone CEO and NDRD Owner Peter Weigand said.
In related news, the US Energy Department and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory have launched the Utility Data Access Map. The online tool was design to allow residential and commercial customers in the US search for data from their electric utilities. The data aims to help consumers make informed decisions about energy efficiency measures to save money.
The Open Energy Information project provides crowdsourced maps in easy-to-use formats based on information gathered from electricity providers nationwide. OpenEI is sponsored by the DOE and developed by NREL in support of the Open Government Initiative to make energy data transparent.