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

    Meeting Announcements

    HARC's Gavin Dillingham will present in WBCSD Buildings Energy Efficiency in Buildings Platforms - US/Houston and Poland "Learning by Sharing" Webinar on November 16, 2015.

    Publications, Lectures & Presentations

    Gavin Dillingham presented on public-private partnerships in energy efficiency at the Texas Gulf Coast 2015 USGBC Energy Summit on October 20, 2015 in Houston.

    Researcher Announcement

    HARC's Gavin Dillingham will serve on Clean Air Through Energy Efficiency (CATEE) Conference steering committee. The conference will be held at the Hotel Galvez & Spa in Galveston, Texas December 1-3, 2015.

    Publications, Lectures & Presentations

    HARC's Gavin Dillingham will present at the Association of Energy Engineers Lone Star Chapter Meeting at the Green Building Resource Center on September 8, 2015.


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