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

    Publications, Lectures & Presentations

    Gavin Dillinham wrote an article on connections between building efficiency and improved air quality in Air Alliance Houston: airCurrent News.

    Satish Ravindran will be a team member of Houston's Building Capacity Committee for the Energy Efficiency in Buildings Laboratory (EEB) held jointly by WBCSD and USBCSD.

    Press Releases

    An action plan designed to significantly improve the market competitiveness of Houston’s buildings and attract investments in energy efficiency, was released today by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and the United States Business Council for Sustainable Development (US BCSD) at a ceremony at Rice University.

    Publications, Lectures & Presentations

    Gavin Dillingham and Satish Ravindran spearheaded a webinar on Combined Heat and Power related to air permitting and power export on February 15, 2015.


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