Tools and Resources
This 12-page report summarizes the findings from a study on the financial benefits of energy efficiency in commercial office buildings. The study provides a detailed analysis of the benefits of using ENERGY STAR to achieve a high level of energy performance in commercial buildings. The benefits analyzed include significant direct financial savings from reduced energy use, persistent savings from improvements in energy performance, improved building occupancy, and higher building asset value.
This paper from the Institute of Business and Economic Research explores the effect that sustainability improvements in buildings have on the economy. The paper discusses the measurements and data sources documenting the energy efficiency of U.S. buildings, analyzes short-run price dynamics based on a panel of green commercial buildings, and presents new evidence on the economic returns to the investments in green buildings.
According to this landmark study by McKinsey & Company, energy efficiency is a huge untapped energy resource in the United States. How big? They estimate the country could reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 23 percent through cost-effective investments in energy efficiency. This is like taking the entire U.S. fleet of passenger vehicles and light trucks off the roads. The study also highlights the important role benchmarking plays in unlocking the barriers to efficiency.
This white paper from the Green Building Finance Consortium examines the untapped energy efficiency potential held by commercial buildings in the state of California. It analyzes obstacles to achieving widespread adoption of building efficiencies and explores approaches to removing these barriers.