Our Work

City of Houston Energy Efficiency Projects

HARC works with the City of Houston on a wide range of energy efficiency projects. Through its partnership with the City of Houston, HARC works with commercial building managers, residential builders, and homeowners to demonstrate leadership in energy efficiency and environmental performance.

Energy efficiency projects have included:

  • Working with building contractors provide energy efficiency upgrades with guaranteed energy savings for City of Houston-owned buildings;
  • Partnering with SmarteBuilding, a company that installed real-time energy monitoring devices and data collection systems to provide 3 City of Houston-owned buildings with detailed energy use data. The data was used to drive behavior-based energy reductions and provide information to building managers so that they could reduce demand charges;
  • Collaborating on the 5-Star Program, an incentive program for home builders to construct highly energy-efficient homes (often with solar) in low income neighborhoods in the City; and
  • Working on the Energy Efficiency Incentive Program with which provided incentives to commercial building owners to install energy efficiency upgrades to their properties.

  • Project Announcements

    Project Announcements

    The City of Houston partnered with HARC/GTRI to commission the design and an initial look at the feasibility of urban rooftop food production for downtown city-owned properties. A final report was published on November 25, 2013.

    Publications, Lectures & Presentations

    Jennifer Ronk, HARC's Program Director of Environmental Science and Energy Efficiency, provided an update on solar energy and how it can be used in The Woodlands. The lecture was held at the George and Cynthia Woods Mitchell Library on November 19, 2013 at 7:00 p.m.

    Publications, Lectures & Presentations

    HARC Researcher, Gavin Dillingham spoke at the Houston Green Office Challenge Peer Workshop on Energy Efficiency Financing. The event was held on October 30, 2013, 1:30 p.m. at the Green Building Resource Center.


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