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Eneref Institute examines how a thrift shop employed color-shifted daylighting to enhance their office“In a retrofit project, tubular devices just make sense. They work, and they get you natural light.”
Eneref Institute examines how a polished concrete floor reduces maintenance costs for a performing arts school.“It’s an all-around perfect fit for any school.”
Eneref Institute examines how the number of patrons using the library increases with the installation of skylights.“Having beautiful spaces was really important and a large part of that was having daylight available...
Eneref Institute examines how a college apartment complex reduced their energy load with inverter-driven air conditioners.“I was perfectly happy with the way it ended up. You can call it the ‘wow’ factor. ”
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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.