Advanced Commercial Buildings Initiative Introduction and Overview
The Advanced Commercial Buildings Initiative (ACBI) approach is in formatted in the following four processes, they are: MEASURING, ASSESSING, IMPLEMENTING and NEXT STEPS. The introductory section has a tutorial that is an overview of these processes and provides direction for utilizing the toolkits and calculators. Case studies, factsheets, worksheets, guides and related resource links are included in the process sections to illustrate these processes.
ACBI builds on the success of local and Southeast regional energy efficiency deployment programs for commercial buildings, including:
- Grants to Green — Assessment and retrofit implementation program for local nonprofit
- Boys & Girls Clubs of America Energy & Water Efficiency Program — Assessment and implementation of energy and water efficiency upgrades in Boys & Girls Club facilities
- EarthCraft Light Commercial — Affordable green certification program that focuses on small commercial buildings
- City of Atlanta Loan Fund —for efficiency improvements to municipal facilities
- Atlanta Better Buildings Challenge —Atlanta leads the nation in commercial real estate committed to reducing energy and water use by 20 percent by 2020
The Advanced Commercial Buildings Initiative will enable Southface and its partners to develop research-driven protocols for:
- Building specific solutions for both existing buildings and new construction
- Data collection, analysis and feedback to facilities staff, owners and program managers
- Education and training for building owners, facilities staff, code officials and others
- Innovative approaches for financing and program delivery
ACBI addresses the following critical technical and business market challenges for small commercial buildings:
- Insufficient building assessment tools and protocols
- Inadequate data collection and feedback
- Lack of technical knowledge and skills
- Perceived value of third party energy efficiency experts
- Limited access to financing
Buildings accounted for 41 percent (40 quadrillion BTU/year) of the primary energy consumption in the USA in 2010, representing a cost of approximately $400 billion in 2010. Buildings consumed 74 percent of the electricity generated in the U.S. and 34 percent of the natural gas production.
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