Many people understand from their own experience that cities are often hotter than rural areas. Research suggests a difference of 6 to 8ºF. As cities develop, trees and vegetated areas are reduced, natural surfaces are paved, and buildings constructed.
Energy Efficiency in Buildings (EEB) Houston
HARC has partnered with the World Business Council for Sustainable Development and the US Business Council for Sustainable Development to implement a private led initiative to drive investment in energy efficiency in the Houston market. This initiative kicked-off in 2014 with the expectation of reducing energy building consumption by 30% or more in the Houston market through smart, innovative programs and initiatives. The program engages both the public and private leaders across the energy efficiency ecosystem which includes building owners and operators, public agencies, energy consultants and equipment vendors. By bringing together all of these primary actors, silos can be removed and a dialogue can begin to work toward greater energy efficiency investment in Houston. The expected outcome is not only the economic benefits to buildings from reduction in energy costs, but also overall environmental improvements and job creation across the Houston region.
The EEB Houston group is made up of all volunteers that meet together on a monthly basis to work through four specific areas, financing, communication, building operations and policy. These four areas were identified during the EEB Houston Lab held in 2014 where specific obstacles to investment were identified. HARC leads this private sector led initiative with the assistance of a large number of public and private sector volunteers. You can learn more about this group at www.eebhouston.org. You can also follow this project at @EEB_Houston on Twitter and on Linkedin Groups.
- EEB Laboratory Houston
- EEB Manifesto
- Energy Efficiency in Buildings 2.0 - Houston Laboratory : Rice University Shell Center for Sustainability