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Is the A/E/C industry ready for a social platform to ” lead transformative and perhaps disruptive change” by increasing the transparency of the $15 B HVAC market?  With the launch of recool, Roger Chang and Westlake Reed Leskosky think so.

Welcome to recool, a new platform for the exploration and discussion of design and technology solutions for the built environment. recool: solutions for a warming planet.

The term “recool” is inspired by the heating, ventilation, and cooling (HVAC) term, “reheat.” Reheat coils are commonly used in HVAC systems to prevent overcooling of spaces for temperature and humidity control. On a global scale, we view our impact on climate change as a form of reheat. recool is intended to counteract this global issue, through open and candid discussion of design and product applications.

The site launched over the past few weeks and is definitely worth a look. 


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A few more suggestions:

Clean Energy Solutions for America’s Cities, The United States Conference of Mayors

Show Me the Money: Energy Efficiency Financing Barriers and Opportunities, Environmental Defense Fund (via greenbiz.com)

Environmental Leader’s 2011 Insider Knowledge Report, Lessons Learned from Corporate Environmental, Sustainability and Energy Decision-Makers, Environmental Leader and Sponsor: Pew Center on Global Climate Change






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Over the course of 2011, we will see numerous cities and states beginning to require energy report cards for commercial properties.  For years, certain energy data has been required to receive incentives, meet certification requirements or provide marketing fodder for properties but with these new reporting mechanisms, transparency in energy performance will become the norm.

In the July 2011 issue of Green Source, Nadav Malin’s article, Let There Be Data, he describes the two major distinctions in these new energy report cards:

New York isn’t the only place where energy reporting is now the law. Washington, D.C., Seattle, San Francisco, and the state of Washington also have requirements kicking in this year, according to BuildingRating.org, a website that tracks this trend. Mandates in California and Austin, Texas, go into effect in 2012. There are many variations on these mandates, but they tend to fall into two main categories: 1) annual reporting to the government and 2) disclosure to the other parties (and to the government) in conjunction with a sale or lease. Both types of programs depend on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Portfolio Manager, because it has a track record as a tool for collecting energy numbers and key property characteristics in a consistent and manageable way.

While it is too early to tell how the data for the privately owned buildings will be managed and communicated.  The potential to access real performance data could significantly increase the stories we tell about energy efficiency and the opportunity for return on investment.  The momentum in the reporting landscape will also soon be spurred on by the recent partnership between the Department of Energy and The Appraisal Foundation.  This collaboration will focus on linking energy performance and building appraisals.

As part of the Obama Administration’s efforts to improve commercial building efficiency 20 percent by 2020, U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu today announced a partnership with The Appraisal Foundation that will help expand access to energy efficiency and building performance information for commercial buildings and help American businesses to reduce energy waste.  Under the new partnership, the Department of Energy and The Appraisal Foundation will work to ensure that appraisers nationwide have the information, practical guidelines, and professional resources they need to evaluate energy performance when conducting commercial building appraisals. This will help enable investors, building owners and operators, and others to accurately assess the value of energy efficiency as part of the building’s overall appraisal.

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