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

    Researcher Announcement

    Gavin Dillingham lead a working group for the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) Energy Efficiency in Buildings (EEB) Lab on February 16, 2015 in Houston, Texas.

    Publications, Lectures & Presentations

    Gavin Dillingham presented on energy efficiency policy at the Gulf Coast Finance Officers Meeting on Thursday, February 16, 2015 in Houston, Texas.

    Researcher Announcement

    Gavin Dillingham, Research Scientist, Clean Energy Policy, was quoted in Platts Energy Weekly on Wednesday, February 4, 2015.

    Publications, Lectures & Presentations

    Gavin Dillingham, Research Scientist, Clean Energy Policy, presented sustainability initiatives with City of Houston representatives at the Texas Medical Center Council Meeting on February 4, 2015.


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