Small commercial buildings represent a massive and largely untapped opportunity for new energy savings. A breakthrough study provides analysis and guidance on how these savings can be realized.
A new study produced by the Preservation Green Lab, a project of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, finds that an array of energy savings in small commercial buildings could profitably yield more than $30 billion in annual cost savings and improved financial performance. Summarizing three years of PGL research into the energy performance of small commercial buildings, Realizing the Energy Efficiency Potential of Small Buildings was developed in support of the U.S. Department of Energy’s national roadmap for energy efficiency in the Small Buildings and Small Portfolio (SBSP) sector. The report defines elements and recommends key actions needed to realize energy savings across seven million business establishments operating in 4.4 million small buildings nationally.
The report was produced in partnership with the New Buildings Institute and funded jointly by The National Renewable Energy Laboratory and the U.S. Department of Energy. The market analysis and characterization of the small building sector and many of the recommendations presented in the report are based on research and analysis that were conducted by PGL between 2009 and 2012.
Key research findings include:
Key Recommendations include:
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