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#NetZeroReady
Encouraging Communities to Prepare for 100% Renewables

The Eneref “Net Zero Ready” Campaign urges communities to prepare for a future that runs 100% on renewable energy.

Eneref Institute calls for maximizing energy reduction through the implementation of efficiency technologies, to ready communities’ conversion to 100% renewable energy. By diminishing the energy consumption of homes, industry, transportation and infrastructure, we could substantially reduce our carbon emissions and approach the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement.  

The efficient technology that we need is already within our reach.

Communities can prepare to run on renewable energy by implementing already-available energy-efficient technologies, including extra insulation for homes and buildings, high-quality windows, skylights, LED lighting, solar-powered street lighting, low-flow water fixtures, heat-reflecting roof tiles and energy-efficient appliances. These technologies shrink energy consumption and reduce operating costs.

4040% of Paris Agreement goals

If we implement already-available energy-efficient technologies

Maximizing Energy Reduction

By implementing already-available energy-efficient technologies we could deliver 40% of the emissions reduction needed to meet the Paris Climate Agreement goals.

Efficiency is Indispensable to Reduce Global Warming.

Eneref Institute Announces Collaboration With SolarOne Lighting for Net Zero Ready Campaign.

“We’re working with SolarOne Lighting to help communities prepare for operating entirely on 100% renewable energy,” says Seth Warren Rose, Founding Director of Eneref Institute.”

Leaders Making an Impact

Eneref builds confidence for solutions through testimonials of industry leaders and early adaptors.

Eneref’s solutions need to align with our mission of to encourage socially responsible, earth-friendly actions.

Polyiso is definitely the preferred choice for the roof, so why wouldn’t you use it to insulate the rest of your building, too?

Eric Rexrode - R&D Manager of Rigid Raw Materials, Covestro > View Eneref Report

When you don't control outside air in buildings, it leads to significant temperature and humidity control problems for guests and increases the chance of bacterial growth.

Terry Smith - VP of Engineering Global Design Strategies at Marriott International > View Eneref Report

If the costs were the same, then I would hope we would all have inverter-driven variable speed technology systems because we’d save energy and operating cost.

William Goetzler - Partner at Guidehouse > View Eneref Report

I would absolutely do what we’ve done here again in a new facility.

Malcolm Nightingale - Operations Manager, Rooms To Go > View Eneref Report

We looked for opportunities to leverage best practices within budget that are environmentally conscious.

Bill Anderson - VP Operations, Karndean Flooring > View Eneref Report

In all the buildings I’ve ever designed, they always have had a daylight component, because it just makes sense

Gerard Lee - Architect with Harley Ellis Devereaux > View Eneref Report

It’s a really well built, well detailed, high thermal performance skylight. It’s super cost-affordable because it’s modular.

Andrew Feuerstein - Architect with Leven Betts > View Eneref Report

I was totally shocked at the size of the rebate. But I was happy for it. It really made the payback pretty decent.

Gary Wood - Renewable Energy Program Manager for the Southern Nevada Water Utility > View Eneref Report

What Actions Can We Take to Make a Difference?

What to Do
What to Say

Right now, we need to make unprecedented changes to ensure a sustainable and equitable society. Countries should create energy performance targets with three goals: achieving universal access to energy, reducing impacts of air pollution and mitigating climate change.

Eneref Institute is encouraging communities to be Net Zero Ready and prepare to run 100% on renewables by implementing already-available efficient technologies. This energy optimization is essential to avert the worst consequences of climate change.

You can contact your governing agencies and demand that the installation of technology that exceeds efficiency standards, including windows, insulation, HVAC systems, and skylights, among others, be incentivized in the building industry. Governments need incentive programs to stimulate infrastructure efficiency in hospitals, schools, street lights and housing — programs that maximize long-term benefits, raise efficiency standards and even develop new markets for energy-efficient technology.

  1. HIGH-PERFORMANCE BUILDINGS ARE ONLY A SMALL PORTION OF GLOBAL CONSTRUCTION.

    Communities need to be built more efficiently. High-performance, near-zero-energy buildings make up only 5% of global construction. And as of  2018, two-thirds of countries still lacked mandatory building energy codes.

  2. ELECTRICITY DEMAND IS OUTPACING EFFICIENCY GAINS.

    Renewables alone are not keeping up with energy demand. Electricity demand in communities is increasing significantly faster than the emissions reductions achieved by power generation due to factors such as greater device usage and larger homes.

  3. ENERGY EFFICIENCY IS CRUCIAL TO MEETING ENERGY DEMANDS.

    Everything we use should be as energy-efficient as possible. Maximized investments in energy efficiency — the demand side — offers a faster, lower-cost model to reduce carbon emissions than investing in renewables alone.

  4. THE EFFICIENT TECHNOLOGY WE NEED IS ALREADY AVAILABLE.

    Most companies promote their inefficient items because they are cheaper to make. We could deliver 40% of the emissions reduction needed to meet the Paris Climate Agreement goals  — even before any renewables are counted — by implementing energy-efficient technologies that are already available.

  5. MAXIMIZING ENERGY EFFICIENCY LEADS TO ECONOMIC BENEFITS.

    Efficiency is actually profitable. Lower energy consumption increases property values and reduces operating costs for homeowners and businesses.