Alert Notice #90
Green Building & Energy Efficiency

Latest Industry News, Events, Issues, Products, And Resources
December 8, 2013


1. Industry Issues, Forecasts & Trends
2. Business Management
3. Building Design & Trends
4. Codes Standards & Regulations
5. Building Science & Technology
6. Building Performance Issues
7. Products & Suppliers
8. Installation & Procedures
9. Fuels, Energy & Transportation
10. Information Sources
11. Conferences & Shows
12. Education & Training
13. Costs & Savings
14. Incentives, Financing & Programs

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1. Industry Issues, Forecasts & Trends

KB Home’s A Green Building Machine
TecHome Builder says homebuilding giant KB Home has responded to buyers' desire for green and energy efficiency, taking it all the way to energy management and Net Zero.

Green Home Buyers Not Willing To Give Up Comfort, Convenience
US National Association of Home Builders Home Innovation Research Labs describes some recurring performance issues buyers of green homes experience that may negatively impact the long-term health and growth of the green building industry.

Talking a Big Game About Energy Efficiency
Eco Building says American homeowners talk a big game about energy efficiency, saying they value and prioritize those improvements. However, their actions show otherwise.

Study Shows Human Beings Are Too Selfish To Fix Climate Change
Time magazine says barring a species-wide personality change, few of us will be willing to endure present pain so that our grandchildren won’t have to endure an unlivable climate. We’re likely better off tailoring solutions that work with our selfishness and brief attention span, rather than hoping we suddenly become better, more farsighted people.

IPD Index Proves Advantages Of Going Green In Commercial Real Estate
Real Property Association of Canada says Canadian green commercial real estate delivered a total return of 13.3% for the year ending Sept. 30, versus a 12.7% total return from the REALpac/IPD Canada Quarterly Property Index for the same period. (PDF)

Getting To Zero, Notes From 2013 NASEO National Forum
State Energy Report online report Getting To Zero provides summary notes, presentations, and key observations from the 2013 NASEO Getting To Zero National Forum. (PDF)

Realizing The True Value Of Solar
Canadian Solar Industries Association slide show presentation Realizing the True Value of Solar discusses three critical steps to realizing the true value of solar: quantifying benefits, overcoming barriers and making it happen. (PDF)

The “Science” Of Global Warming?
Fraser Institute suggests that decent journalists should know better: the Summary for Policymakers (SPM) is, and always has been, a document intended to tell the narrative that the United Nations and other groups who promote catastrophic climate change have wanted it to tell. Nothing more, and nothing less. (PDF)

Mitigation Versus Adaptation, Where To Invest?
Globe Net says while many continue to argue over the relationship between extreme weather events and climate change the costs of these events have been staggering, driving debate over where investments should be made to best protect people and assets in the future.

Stakeholder Councils Are Model For Efficiency Excellence
Energy Efficiency Markets says three states at the top of the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy’s national scorecard (Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island) have in common an important policy model that has been one of the keys to their success in leveraging energy efficiency as a resource. Stakeholder councils make the efficiency procurement process streamlined, fair and politically and economically sustainable.

2. Business Management

Marketing That Solves Your Customers Problem
Indoor Environment & Energy Efficiency says if you always look to solve the customers' problems and then focus on solution-based marketing, you will see overwhelming success every time.

7 Things Really Persuasive People Do
Inc magazine summarizes some of the key principles in effective persuasion.

Is There A Zero Net Energy Home In Your Future
Zerohomes online video Is There a Zero Energy Home in Your Future? is for use by builders, designers, realtors and educators to show home buyers the benefits of buying or building a Zero Net Energy Home.

Canadians See Benefits Of Green Home Renos
Business in Vancouver says two-thirds of Canadians say they are likely to consider making green renovations to their homes in order to make them more energy efficient or environmentally friendly, according to the results of a Scotiabank home renovations poll.

BOMA BC Has Hired Business Energy Advisor
BOMA has hired a Business Energy Advisor whose role is to provide assistance to qualifying BOMA member organizations with the implementation of energy efficient projects.

Life Cycle Cost Analysis Of Non-Residential Buildings
Dovetail report Life Cycle Cost Analysis of Non-Residential Buildings purpose is to clarify the differences between Life Cycle Cost Analysis (LCCA) and Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), summarize what is known about the life cycle costs of non-residential wood construction, compare the life cycle costs of wood structures to those of other materials, and review processes for conducting life cycle cost analyses on structural systems or whole buildings. (PDF)

Canadian Solar Industry Market Intelligence
Canadian Solar Industries Association provides market intelligence information for photovoltaics, solar thermal, Ontario solar PV sector, and Solar Vision 2025.

Green Insurance Market Is Competitive & Growing
Insurance Journal article says as the insurance market for green buildings grows, so too does an emerging industry.

Replace Is The Missing R In Waste Management Hierarchy
Dovetail report says the fourth “R” (Replace) suggests that wherever possible people should replace the use of finite, energy-intensive materials with renewable, low-energy biomaterials. Thus the modified hierarchy would be Reduce, Replace, Reuse, and Recycle. (PDF)

3. Building Design & Trends

Online Videos Of 2013 Demonstration Houses
US Department of Energy online 2013 Solar Decathlon videos highlight the various demonstration homes that were part of this years competition. They feature projects that include everything from solar electric power, solar hot water, radiant heating, reclaimed wood and steel materials, living roofs and gardens, and cool designs for any environment.

8 Green Principles For Residential Design
Whole Building Design Guide describes eight design objectives which are all, to some greater or lesser degree, important to any green residential project.

Keeping Green On Right Track
Green Building Advisor describes how project information creep can waylay a designer’s original vision.

Designing For Resilience
Custom Home magazine summarizes the Residential Architects 2013 annual conference keynote on designing for community bonding and the ability to bounce back from disaster.

Greenbuild 2013 Report On Industry Trends
Building Design & Construction provides special report on the latest green building trends across nine key market sectors.

Making Sense Of Smart Home For Home Performance
National Home Performance Council report Making Sense of the Smart Home: Applications of Smart Grid and Smart Home Technologies for the Home Performance Industry discusses evolution and future prospects of smart technology to enhance energy efficiency and home performance. (PDF)

Partnering To Build Net-Zero Energy Houses In Massachusetts
Building America report Partnering To Build Net-Zero Energy Houses in Massachusetts describes Transformations projects, a residential development and building company that has partnered with Building Science Corporation to build new construction net-zero energy houses in Massachusetts under the Building America program. (PDF)

Sustainable Historic Preservation
Whole Building Design Guide describes how sustainable technology can supplement inherent sustainable features of a building without compromising unique historic character.

2013 BC Land Awards
Real Estate Foundation of BC 2013 Land Awards Winners, one each from the private, non-profit and government sectors, were chosen for their demonstrations of innovation, leadership and collaboration in sustainable land use in BC.

Planning Framework For Sustainable Land Development
Dovetail report A Planning Framework for Sustainable Land Development addresses efficient, integrated land use from the perspective of urban development.

4. Codes Standards & Regulations

Updates To Built Green Checklists
Built Green Canada describes recent updates to checklists, single family verifications, profiles, websites and more.

Canadian Codes & Standards Relating To Solar Energy
Canadian Solar Industries Association provides information on Canadian codes and standards relating to solar energy including product standards, building codes, and plumbing codes.

IAPMO/ANSI S1001.1, Design & Installation Of Solar Water Heating Systems
IAPMO standard IAPMO/ANSI S1001.1, Design and Installation of Solar Water Heating Systems, has been approved as an American National Standard. (PDF)

Is Energy Star New Homes Program Dying?
Energy Vanguard describes why it's too bad that Energy Star vacated the entry-level program realm because their brand is so well known. Maybe they'll come back to their senses and reclaim this market.

Can Standard For LEDs Prevent Another Lighting Debacle?
Building Green says LED light quality is still not very good, but a new California standard could change that, and prevent another CFL-style consumer rejection.

Energy Efficiency Standards Correct Market Failures & Save Money
Consumer Federation of America report Energy Efficiency Performance Standards: The Cornerstone of Consumer-Friendly Energy Policy, shows consumers could save about a thousand dollars on annual household energy costs if energy-efficiency performance standards were more prevalent and better understood. (PDF)

Vancouver Large Building Energy Requirements, Forms, Checklists
City of Vancouver site centralizes information pertaining to energy requirements for large buildings, typically Part 3 and Part 9 (non-residential), including dates for the phased implementation of the 2014 Vancouver Building By-Law.

BC Position Statement On Water Metering
BC Water & Waste Association provides their position statement on water metering. (PDF)

BCBC Comments On BC Water Sustainability Act Legislative Proposal
Business Council of BC outlines their position on the Ministry of Environment’s 2013 Water Sustainability Act for British Columbia. (PDF)

Cost Optimized 50% IECC Prescriptive Analysis
US National Association of Home Builders Home Innovation Research Labs report Cost Optimized 50% IECC Prescriptive Analysis quantified incremental construction cost and energy cost savings associated with constructing a house 50% more energy efficient than a 2006 IECC baseline (50% Savings). Free site registration required.

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5. Building Science & Technology

Online Video On Building Smart With Roofs
BC Building Envelope Council online video covers the half-day industry workshop on Building Smart With Roofs.

All About Attic Venting
Green Building Advisor says we vent attics for four reasons, and all four goals can be better achieved by adopting measures other than attic venting.

Measuring Benefits Of Insulation Strategy & Roofing Colours
RDH Building Engineering report Monitored Field Performance of Conventional Roofing Assemblies: Measuring the Benefits of Insulation Strategy, summarizes a field-monitoring study measuring impacts and benefits of membrane color (white, gray, and black) and the insulation strategy used within these roof assemblies. (PDF)

Industry Discussion On Ventilation Rates
Building Science industry experts online discussion covers what ventilation rates should be for buildings, but realize effective ventilation is not all about the rates.

Overview Of LED Light
Healthy Heating describes features and considerations for LED lighting for residential applications.

Sub-Slab Heat Exchange Loop Performance In Cold Climate
US Department of Energy report Ground Source Heat Pump Sub-Slab Heat Exchange Loop Performance in a Cold Climate examines an alternative approach to ground source heat pump ground loop design. The innovative ground loop design is an attempt to reduce the installed cost of the ground loop heat exchange portion of the system by containing the entire ground loop within the excavated location beneath the basement slab. (PDF)

Heating With A Minisplit Heat Pump
Green Building Advisor describes how to plan to heat your energy efficient house with a single air-source heat pump and a wood stove.

Deep Energy Retrofit Of Historic Home
Building Science online slide show presentation Preservation Meets Building Science: The Mallett Deep Energy Retrofit, gives descriptions of issues and solutions to energy efficiency, durability, and constructability. (PDF)

Home Performance Testing Procedures
Green Dream online video describes procedures and considerations for home performance testing.

Living Walls Have Growing List Of Benefits
Real Estate Management Industry news says indoor plant systems can improve air quality and require minimal maintenance.

6. Building Performance Issues

Surprisingly Common Cause For High Energy Bills
Energy Vanguard describes a surprisingly common cause for high energy bills, a thermostat wired incorrectly so that the HVAC system kicks on the strip heat when it shouldn't.

Moisture Management For High R-Value Walls
US Department of Energy online report Moisture Management For High R-Value Walls explains the moisture-related concerns for high R-value wall assemblies. (PDF)

Health Effects & Indoor Environmental Quality
Healthy Heating reviews recent advances in source characterization, exposure assessment, health effects associated with indoor exposures, and intervention research related to indoor environments.

WELL Building Standard For Human Health
The WELL Building Standard was created to address the need for a simple, comprehensive performance-based standard for protecting human health.

New Evidence That Green Buildings Have Better Indoor Environments
Canadian National Research Council report Do Green Buildings Have Better Indoor Environments? New Evidence describes a post-occupancy evaluation of 12 green and 12 conventional office buildings across Canada and the northern United States. Occupants completed an online questionnaire related to environmental satisfaction, job satisfaction and organizational commitment, health and well-being, environmental attitudes, and commuting.

Method To Estimate Chronic Health Impact Of Air Pollutants In US Residences
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory report A Method to Estimate the Chronic Health Impact of Air Pollutants in US Residences describes a methodology to quantify and compare health impacts from Indoor air pollutants. (PDF)

Energy Use In Mid To High-Rise Multi-Unit Residential Buildings
BC Homeowner Protection Office bulletin Energy Use in Mid to High-Rise Multi-Unit Residential Buildings describes how energy is used in MURBs. (PDF)

Reducing Energy Use In Multi-Unit Residential Buildings
HPO bulletin Reducing Energy Use In Multi-Unit Residential Buildings provides an overview of where energy is consumed, and what can be done to reduce the energy consumption and lower monthly energy bills for owners, occupants and strata corporations. (PDF)

Life Cycle Analysis & Environmental Product Declarations
Light House Sustainable Building Centre report Life Cycle Analysis and Environmental Product Declarations: North American Market Analysis describes what they are, identifies their impact on building design, and their current North American market uptake. (PDF)

Is Green Bandwagon Clashing With Health & Safety?
Plumbing Engineer describes how the green bandwagon may be clashing with health and safety, based on a few green washing trends in the plumbing industry.

7. Products & Suppliers

Top 10 Green Products for 2014
Building Green, publisher of the GreenSpec Directory and Environmental Building News displays their picks for the Top 10 Green Building Products of 2014.

Six New Products From Greenbuild
Eco Building Pulse describes some new products on display at this year’s Greenbuild expo showcase.

Resource Site On Healthy Building Products
Healthy Building Network site provides the latest information and resources on healthy and sustainable building materials.

Green Building Databases & Design Resources
Sustainable Sources provides green building databases & design resources to help you find sustainable products, materials, and design assistance.

21 Green Symbols You Should Recognize
Mother Nature Network describes 21 symbols you should recognize, for green product certifications found on everything from paper to light bulbs.

Health Product Declaration
Health Product Declaration is the industry standard for communicating building product contents and related chemical hazards information.

Colour Chart For 2lb. Medium Density Sprayed Polyurethane Foam
Canadian Urethane Foam Contractors Association colour chart for 2lb. medium density sprayed polyurethane foam provides a visual reference of all the approved colours of these products to identify what product is being installed in a building. (PDF)

Overview Of Caulking Materials
US Department of Energy describes features and benefits of various types of caulking materials.

Is There A Place For Vacuum Insulation In Our Buildings?
Building Green says for insulating our buildings, vacuum insulation panels may not be cost-effective, but they will become common in other applications.

Reflective Insulation In Cold Climates
Cold Climate Housing Research Center report Reflective Insulation in Cold Climates concludes that for well-insulated buildings in cold climates, the use of reflective insulation adds very little to the overall R-value of the building envelope. (PDF)

All About Embodied Energy
Green Building Advisor says for ordinary buildings embodied energy isn’t very important, but that may be different for superinsulated buildings.

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8. Installation & Procedures

How To Insulate A Room Over The Garage
Green Building Advisor gives description of how to turn an uninsulated space over the garage into a comfortable office.

Cladding Attachment Over Thick Exterior Insulating Sheathing
Building Science report Cladding Attachment Over Thick Exterior Insulating Sheathing helps develop a better understanding of the system mechanics involved and the potential for environmental exposure induced movement between the furring strip and the framing. (PDF)

Spray Foam Insulation Is Not A Cure-All
Green Building Advisor says poor installation can negate the benefits of spray foam insulation.

Exterior Insulation Retrofit Strategy For Residential Masonry Buildings
Building Science project examines implementation of an exterior insulation and over-clad strategy for brick masonry buildings in Chicago.

Cut & Cobble Rigid Insulation Between Studs
Green Building Advisor describes how to cut rigid foam into strips and insert the strips between your studs or rafters.

When Fixing An Old House Follow Einstein's Advice
Energy Vanguard describes some important questions to ask in the planning and assessment phase of fixing up an old house.

Window Sash Retrofit With Sealed Unit
Building America Solution Center describes how to modify the existing sash to accept new double or triple, low-E coated, insulated glass units.

Getting The Air Out
Plumbing Engineer says air is the enemy of any closed loop hydronic plumbing system, and this is especially true for closed loop solar heating systems where air and glycol don’t mix.

Designing Balance Of Solar System Temperature Versus Energy Output
Plumbing & Hydronic Contractor describes how the success of any solar hydronic home heating installation depends on the often-conflicting balance between temperature versus energy output.

Heat Transfer Fluids For Solar Water Heating Systems
US Department of Energy describes options of fluids for solar water heating systems.

9. Fuels, Energy & Transportation

Adjustments To BC Natural Gas & Propane Rates
FortisBC says beginning January 1, 2014 customers will see varying changes to their bill depending on where they live.

Building New Energy Advantages For BC
Business Council of BC white paper Building New Energy Advantages for BC: Understanding and Benefiting from the Transformation of BC's Energy Marketplaces, is designed to advance the energy dialogue by providing both a solid base of factual information on the energy sector (Part I), and a focused assessment of challenges and a high level set of recommendations to move the province’s energy sector forward (Part 2).

Canadian Solar Policies & Research
Canadian Solar Industries Association provides information on Canadian solar policies and research including federal and provincial.

Shocking Average Residential Electricity Bills In US
Builder Magazine says the rise of average monthly electricity bills in the past 10 years increases the incentive for home buyers and renters to opt for energy-efficient options when choosing a place to live.

Battery-Stored Solar Power Sparks Backlash From Utilities
Bloomberg says California's three largest utilities are opposed to systems that store solar energy. Edison International, PG&E and Sempra Energy said they're putting up hurdles to some battery backups wired to solar panels because they can't be certain the power flowing back to the grid from the units is actually clean energy.

How 5 Billionaires Are Betting On Electricity
Utility Dive takes a look at how five mega-rich billionaires, including four of the richest men in America, are investing in electric power.

2014 Fuel Economy Guide For Vehicles
US Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Energy online 2014 Fuel Economy Guide helps car buyers choose vehicles that are the most fuel-efficient and emit the lowest amount of greenhouse gases. (PDF)

Overview Of Biodiesel & Petroleum Diesel Life Cycles
US National Renewable Energy Laboratory report Overview of Biodiesel and Petroleum Diesel Life Cycles describes how bio-diesel can offer tremendous potential as one component of a strategy for reducing petroleum oil dependence and minimizing fossil fuel consumption. (PDF)

10. Information Sources

Purchasable BC Little Green Site Book
Vancouver Regional Construction Association sells The Little Green Site Book, a handy pocket guide to green building. Designed for contractors and tradespeople, this recently updated reference manual is your source for green building information and on-site responsibilities. $25 CDN

Information & Resources On Green Roofs
Minnesota Government online manual on stormwater management describes features, benefits, and considerations for planning green roofs, and provides links to other industry information and resources on green roofs.

Increasing Energy Efficiency With Sustainable Landscaping
American Society of Landscape Architects provides information and resources for a comprehensive approach to sustainable building and site design that can not only improve the environment, but also increase energy efficiency.

Presentations From EEBA Conference & Expo
Energy and Environmental Building Alliance provides access to presentations from their previous EEBA Conference & Expo.

Online Presentations From 2013 Affordable Comfort Conference
Affordable Comfort offers free access to their online presentations from the recent 2013 conference. They cover a very wide range of topics related to energy efficiency for new and existing homes.

Presentations From 2013 Conference On Energy Efficiency As A Resource
American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy provides access to presentations from their 2013 National Conference on Energy Efficiency as a Resource.

HPO Building BC Newsletter Fall 2013 Issue
Homeowner Protection Office online Building BC newsletter provides the latest HPO news as well as links to seminars and helpful resources for the residential construction industry.

EQuilibrium Communities Insights
CMHC online EQuilibrium Communities InSights highlight examples of innovative strategies implemented to address key indicators of sustainable community planning and design.

Helping Cities With Low Carbon Energy Initiatives
Sustainable Cities International has developed SCI Energy Lab, a solution that helps cities break down the barriers that continue to cause them to rely on carbon intensive energy sources. It is a program that focuses on accelerating and up-scaling sustainable low carbon energy initiatives by building city-to-city exchanges that engage key players in active dialogues on urban energy system technologies and implementation.

11. Conferences & Shows

Living Future: Net Positive Energy + Water Conference
International Living Future Institute presents The Net Positive Energy + Water Conference in San Francisco, February 4-5th. It will address the latest in zero energy and water ideas, technologies and applications, presented by a select group of leading-edge experts from around the world.

GreenBiz Forum 2014
The 2014 GreenBiz Forum, held in Phoenix, February 18-20, defines the trends, challenges and opportunities in sustainable business today.

2014 RESNET Building Performance Conference
US Residential Energy Services Network 2014 RESNET Building Performance Conference is the premier national forum on home energy ratings, existing home retrofits, building codes and energy policy. It will take place in Atlanta, February 24-26.

2014 ACI National Home Performance Conference
2014 Affordable Comfort conference for the home performance industry covers a wide range of building science topics, mostly relating to energy efficiency of existing houses and buildings. It will be held in Detroit, April 29 to May 1.

12. Education & Training

Building Envelope Thermal Performance & Building Energy Standard
BC Hydro and FortisBC free session Building Envelope Thermal Performance & Building Energy Standard Workdhop will be held in Burnaby on January 23rd, 2014. It is intended for architects, energy modellers, building envelope consultants and mechanical engineers who make use of building envelope thermal performance data to design new and major retrofit commercial and multi-unit residential buildings. (PDF)

15-Hour Online LEED Continuing Education Course
Canada Green Building Council 15 hour online course provides self-directed learning, allowing you to work from anywhere, at any time and set your own pace. Individuals with a LEED Green Associate credential can use this package to meet all credential maintenance requirements. LEED APs with specialty, who are required to earn 30 CE hours, will find this an ideal way to supplement other credential maintenance activities.

Free Online Green Building & Design Courses
Green Expo 365 online community offers access to current and past free webinars from many of the top thought leaders to builders and architects in the field doing it every day. Free registration required.

Certifications For Advanced Home Energy Professionals
Building Performance Institute advanced Home Energy Professional certifications covering Energy Auditor, Retrofit Installer Technician, Crew Leader and Quality Control Inspector demonstrate advanced competency through work experience prerequisites, as well as written and field exams.

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13. Costs & Savings

BC Briefing On BC Hydro Rate Increases
Central 1 says the era of ultra-low electricity rates is over, and electricity rates could be 25 to 30 per cent higher by 2018. (PDF)

When You’re Financing A Green Home, Payback Is Irrelevant
Green Building Advisor says monthly cash flow is a better metric than payback for cost-effectiveness.

Energy-Efficiency Paying Off For Commercial Building Owners
Building Design & Construction says a BOMA study shows the commercial real estate industry's ongoing focus on energy efficiency has resulted in a downward trend in total operating expenses. Analysis reveals that properties in the US reduced total operating expenses from $8.18 to $7.86 per square foot on average from 2011 to 2012.

Green Building & Property Value
Institute for Market Transformation online guide Green Building and Property Value: A Primer For Building Owners & Developers helps understand the appraisal process and how green, high performance characteristics and data can be used by appraisers to help fully maximize valuation. (PDF)

Making Energy Efficiency Visible With Circuit Level Metering
Energy Efficiency Markets says most of the time, energy efficiency is invisible, but now circuit-level metering can prove it.

14. Incentives, Financing & Programs

New Westminster Community Energy Challenge Prize Opportunities
City of New Westminster residential Energy Save New West initiative is offering participants a chance to win the grand prize of $3,500 worth of Energy Star appliances or 10 secondary prizes of $150 VISA gift certificates.

Canadian National Zero Waste Council
Canada’s National Zero Waste Council is a cross-sectoral leadership initiative to advance a national waste prevention and reduction agenda. Founded by Metro Vancouver in collaboration with the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, focuses efforts to reduce waste generation by influencing the design of products and packaging, and encouraging behaviour change. (PDF)

Energy Efficiency Is Not Technology, It's Financing, Not Subsidies
Energy Efficient Markets online podcast with Jigar Shah, author of Creating Climate Wealth says we’ve got much of the technology needed to solve the climate crisis, and what we need now is financing innovation. Listen to learn what smart money is, why many energy efficiency subsidies should be eliminated and why Shah’s plan would create wealth.

New Energy Efficiency Financing Tool
Energy Efficient Markets describes a solution from CapX Partners called the online Energy Conservation and Performance (E-Cap) Platform. E-CAP essentially matches energy efficiency providers with energy savings insurance and financing.

Solar & Energy Efficiency Securitization Emerge
Energy Efficiency Markets says organizations are beginning to securitize solar and energy efficiency loans to allow greater levels of investment. Securitization involves pooling loans to create consolidated securities that investors can purchase.

Getting Biggest Bang For Buck: Design Options for Energy Efficiency Financing
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory report Getting the Biggest Bang for the Buck: Exploring the Rationales and Design Options for Energy Efficiency Financing Programs, provides an overview of the fundamentals of EE financing program planning and design and provides tools for deciding the objectives and mechanics of EE financing initiatives. It walks policymakers and program administrators through key questions that must be resolved to better understand what efficiency financing can be reasonably expected to achieve, and for whom. (PDF)

Key Features Of Residential Energy Retrofit Financing Programs
Sustainable Prosperity brief Financing Residential Energy Savings: Assessing Key Features of Residential Energy Retrofit Financing Programs explores the case for using financing programs to promote energy efficiency actions in residential applications, and experience with these programs to date. (PDF)

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