We've always felt that energy efficiency is a crucially important, yet undervalued, resource. That's why we're so happy to see the inaugural edition of the Building Efficiency Initiative newsletter, a joint effort of the World Resources Institute and Johnson Controls. To register for the newsletter, which will provide "global updates on innovative policies, projects and partnerships to improve energy and water efficiency in buildings, with a particular focus on activities in cities in rapidly emerging economies," click here.
Also, check out the above video, included in this month's newsletter, in which Building Efficiency Initiative Director Jennifer Layke "presents WRI’s effort in the building efficiency space." A few key points by Layke are:
- 70% of the world's population will live in cities by 2030;
- "The buildings that form these urban environments need to be sustainable to safeguard the health of these modern cities, their people and the planet";
- "Buildings consume 40% of the world's energy;"
- "We can reduce their energy demand by 30% by improving the design, construction and operation practices, as well as using energy efficiency technologies that are available today."
How can all this be accomplished? Layke lays out a four-phase approach: 1) "helping markets have information on building performance;" 2) "helping governments lead by example;" 3) "enabling finance to enter the building sector;" and 4) "helping buildings become consumers and producers." That includes a new partnership to improve building energy efficiency and reduce pollution in Mexico City. To read more about that, click here. Finally, click here to register for a webinar which "will provide an introduction to the Building Efficiency Accelerator (BEA) and its approach to working with local governments to improve the efficiency of buildings in their communities." Good stuff.