Eneref Institute Impact Campaigns

Eneref campaigns are organized efforts to influence decision making toward socially responsible sustainable development.

Eneref Impact Campaigns look to cast issues in a different light. We encourage the understanding of measures required for conservation, as well as the propagation of important information through the media. Eneref uses campaigns to cooperate with state agencies and international organizations in developing educational and public awareness programs.

Eneref impact campaigns are designed to make headlines, create a common understanding of how to think about an issue and get people to take action. A group becomes much more likely to act when each individual member knows that every other member also knows about a crucial topic. The information may already be known, but their needs to be a common understanding of how to receive the information.

The Right To Daylight Campaign encourages homeowners, architects, and building owners to use daylight as a primary light source. Natural interior daylight offers a multitude of benefits beyond energy savings. It is the highest quality light source available for interior environments and provides excellent color rendering and color balance.

In commercial buildings, natural interior daylight is one of the fastest greenhouse gas reducing paybacks you can buy, because it shrinks both energy bills and re-lamping maintenance costs. The fact is, introducing daylight into buildings provides energy savings, excellent lighting quality and more beautiful interior spaces.

The Code for Climate campaign calls for stronger enforcement of existing mandatory building codes as well as more robust codes for manufacturers and specifiers of building enclosure components (including windows, doors, walls, roofs, framing, cladding, insulation and foundations), in order to strengthen the entire building envelope against climate change catastrophes.  

The growing number of property and casualty insurance claims evidences our changing weather. Compliance with existing mandatory building codes and above-code construction are the first steps towards limiting the damage caused by severe weather events. The goal of this campaign is to speed up recovery after natural disasters, prevent disruption to families and businesses, ease pressure on insurance companies and reduce the need for disaster assistance.

The roadmap to more efficient residential air conditioners should begin at the state level. Inverter-driven technology is more efficient under real-world conditions, rebates based on EER score alone unfairly penalize inverter technology. Unlike single- or multi-stage technology, inverter-driven technology adjusts compressor speed, and thus how much electricity is needed. VRV systems can operate at partial load, whereas single- and multistage units only operate under high-speed operating conditions.

Our goal of this Constellation Networking Group is to help overcome the market obstacles to increasing the use of natural interior daylight in school facilities. The use of natural interior daylight, or “daylighting,” increases student performance, a key finding in the 1999 Heschong Mahone report “Daylighting in Schools: An Investigation into the Relationship Between Daylighting and Human Performance.”

We invite school administrators to work one-on-one with daylighting industry executives. Eneref Constellation network groups streamline the adoption of new ideas and technologies by providing test beds, encouraging communication between companies and end-users, and leverage expertise so that stakeholders can share solutions.

Erongi People

Already, anthropogenic global change has nearly bankrupted our ecosystems demolished the planet’s biodiversity, devoured our natural resources and perpetrated unprecedented degradation on our environment. The influence of human behavior on Earth’s atmosphere is so significant it constitutes a new geological epoch. Throughout the world, much of today’s social upheaval is a result of climate change, turmoil that will grow more severe with a swelling population and diminishing natural resources.

Eneref Institute developed Erongi People as an emblem of environmental engagement to embolden and empower a crusade for a sustainable society. The Erongi People insignia is an icon for anyone who wants to constructively impact the planet.

Build. Don’t Burn.

Eneref’s “Build. Don’t Burn.” initiative is an incremental two-pronged approach to reduce global warming: mitigating the need for metal mining while at the same time, providing the petroleum industry with earth-friendly options for revenue. Working together, two giant industries — petroleum and plastics — can help to cool the planet while building more sustainable communities.

Oil combustion is the primary driver of global warming. Transitioning hydrocarbon resources to building materials, instead of burning oil, is just one additional tool to minimize the cataclysmic results of adding yet more carbon into the atmosphere, already at 410 ppm, up from 310 ppm in 1958.

Reinvent Workplace

Reinvent Workplace Initiative encourages people and organizations to use the cloud in a way that allows more employees to work nearer to their home. A national commitment to encourage more cloud commuting will grow our economy and global competitiveness, increase our national security and significantly reduce our carbon emissions. While technology is already moving us toward cloud commuting, getting more people there sooner will also reduce our energy needs while unburdening our tired and congested infrastructure.

Cradle to Cradle

The goal of the Eneref Lighting Constellation Roundtable is to help overcome the market obstacles to sustainable development and corporate social responsibility within the lighting manufacturing industry.

We aim help manufacturing companies conduct their business in a way that is socially and environmentally impactful. The stakeholders include architects and lighting designers, who demand manufacturers to be more open in their business practice. That said, the stakeholders envision our Constellation Roundtable as an important step to increase competitive advantage, protect and raise brand awareness and build trust with customers and employees.

Solar Thermal Advantage

Solar heating uses the sun’s energy directly to heat water much the way a car gets hot while sitting under the sun. Often providing up to the majority of a building’s hot water needs, solar water heating, or solar thermal, systems are a perfect fit for such a hot-water- intensive industry. Solar hot water for food production applications, such as beer brewing, are designated by the solar industry as solar heat for industrial processes (SHIP), or simply process heating.

One of the most effective uses of process heating is in the food and beverage industry. Once a solar heating system is installed it begins to save on the cost of energy right away. And once the energy savings pay for the installation, the thermal energy created by the system is free. Research by Eneref Institute has found a well-designed solar heating system can operate successfully for 30 years–well beyond the time needed to pay for the system.

Water and Women

Eneref Institute’s Women and Water initiative seeks to develop workable, immediate and site-specific solutions to the issue of water and the gendered roles associated with it. In the immediate aftermath of a disaster, access to a clean and reliable source of water is one of the key priorities for survivors. However and as this report will explore, women and girls are often faced with greater challenges in securing such a resource than those of men and boys. Water and Women is a global initiative to find solutions, as advocates for the world’s water carriers, to the problems we face in supplying clean water to everyone.