Resources

The City Energy Project makes available the following resources to any city wishing to improve the performance of its built environment. While the following documents each focus on a particular type of policy or program—and certainly don’t cover all policies and programs—we remind you that successful approaches involve suites of customized policies and programs that are responsive to local economic and market needs. Click on the title to download a PDF of the City Energy Project resource. All documents © 2016 The Institute for Market Transformation and Natural Resources Defense Council.

Benchmarking and Transparency: Frequently Asked Questions
Benchmarking—measuring a building’s energy use and using that data to compare its performance over time as well as to compare it to that of similar buildings—allows owners and occupants to understand their building’s relative energy performance. In conjunction, transparency of building performance allows the market to better understand how buildings are performing and recognize and reward high-performing buildings. This guide examines many of the common questions that arise about benchmarking and transparency programs and policies and highlights the benefits for various parties.
Building Operator Training Certification: Frequently Asked Questions
This series of FAQs provides an overview of various operator “certifications” that currently exist—from national level certifications to city-level programs.  We discuss how a city could establish a Building Operator Certification program and what benefits will flow.
CEP Energy Code Assessment Methodology
This methodology helps cities identify residential and commercial energy code compliance issues—providing an informal energy code compliance rate that can feed into larger statewide compliance studies. Strategies to increase compliance are contained in Establishing a Plan to Achieve Energy Code Compliance in Cities.
Energy and Water Audits: Frequently Asked Questions
This guide covers the basics of energy and water audits, explaining the complementarity as well as the differences between audits and other policies.  The widespread benefits of audits are detailed, as well as practical implementation considerations such as disruption to tenants.
Establishing a Plan to Achieve Energy Code Compliance
Building on the CEP Assessment Methodology, this document guides city leadership and their buildings departments on working together to achieve energy code compliance for new and renovated buildings. We discuss factors for low compliance rates, processes for implementing an improvement plan, common challenges, and strategies for overcoming them.
Retrocommissioning: Frequently Asked Questions
Retrocommissioning, also called building re-tuning, is a one-time building “tune-up” that does not require capital upgrades. It seeks to improve a building’s operations and maintenance procedures to enhance overall performance without any capital improvements. This guide examines many of the common questions that arise about retrocommissioning and highlights the benefits for various parties.