Market Transformation Project Team

Members of the Market Transformation Project Team gain the ability to share information with a broad network of peers across the building owner and manager community. As a group, members collaborate with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the wider commercial building marketplace to help target and develop resources for overcoming non-technical barriers to deploying energy efficiency in their building stock, quickly and at scale.

These barriers may include, but are not limited to:

  • Split incentives
  • Financing
  • Building staff training and improved operations
  • Lack of available and transparent building data

Members also gain access to the Project Team's wider network of partners, including:

  • Research organizations/academia
  • Financial allies
  • Trade Association partners

Team Goals:

  1. Collaborate with cutting-edge research institutions to develop new energy-efficiency deployment models.
  2. Pilot models in real world settings to help commercialize them.
  3. Develop solutions for scaling commercially viable models across building portfolios at a national level.
  4. Share results with the wider marketplace through webinars, forums, and other industry events (and adapt results into web-content that can be viewed by all).

In addition, individual team members set goals to:

  1. Adopt one or more of the solutions developed by the team per year.
  2. Share individual organizational targets and desired outcomes across the team.

If you would like to work on the Market Transformation Project Team and are a CBEA member, email the CBEA coordinator. If you are not a member, learn more about joining CBEA.

Current Project Team Initiatives

  • Leasing and the Split Incentive
    The objective of this Market Transformation Project Team activity is to develop resources for commercial building stakeholders to overcome the "split-incentive" barrier to energy efficiency. This occurs when building leases are not structured in a way that promotes energy savings.

    • Under most gross leases, for example, tenants have no incentive to save energy in their leased premises because energy costs are based on tenant square footage.
    • Under most net leases, building owners have no incentive to invest in efficiency for their building systems because the operating expenses are passed through to tenants, who therefore receive all the energy cost savings.

    Green leases (also known as energy-aligned leases, high-performance leases, or energy-efficient leases) align the financial and energy incentives of building owners and tenants so they can work together to save money, conserve resources, and ensure the efficient operation of buildings.

  • Building Re-Tuning
    Building re-tuning is a low-cost form of retro-commissioning that can be implemented by existing building facility staff to improve the operations of a building, saving energy and money. Re-tuning buildings can reduce energy use of HVAC systems by 5–20%. The Market Transformation Project Team is promoting increased adoption of commercial building re-tuning to scale this best practice in the market.

    Re-Tuning Training feedback: "Thank you for the great opportunity…I have been to a lot of seminars and training in my day and I will say the re-tuning training really focused on actionable steps the operating engineer can take to capture energy savings while maintaining occupant comfort." — CBEA member

  • Financing
    The Market Transformation Project Team has hosted two Energy Efficiency Investment Roundtables in the past year. The team is currently evaluating financing partnership opportunities.

  • Data Aggregation and Analysis
    The federal government has a wide array of programs aimed at facilitating the aggregation and analysis of building performance data. Market Transformation Project Team members collaborate with many of the programs outlined below to benchmark member buildings.

    • Building Performance Database (BPD):
      • Audience: Building owners/managers; investment community
      • Purpose: Actuarial measurement of building performance and evaluation of upgrade options
    • ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager:
      • Audience: Building owners/managers
      • Purpose: Peer benchmarking of building energy use
    • DOE Asset Rating Program:
      • Audience: Building owners/managers
      • Purpose: Detailed benchmarking of building systems to help identify opportunities for improvement

Resources and Past Initiatives

  • The Green Lease Library, a one-stop-shop to improve access to resources, is a collaboration between the CBEA and seven partner organizations to aggregate and organize green leasing resources in the marketplace.
  • The DOE Building Technologies Program hosted a webinar to discuss tools and best practices for implementing green leasing in commercial buildings.
  • DOE is working with leasing experts to create case studies that demonstrate how market actors are overcoming barriers and implementing green leases in their organizations.
  • DOE's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory developed a series of building re-tuning training programs and an online interactive curriculum.
  • The Market Transformation Project Team is working with CBEA members to develop additional resources and materials to help make the business case for building owners and operators to adopt this training as standard operating practice in their portfolios. Check back for updates.

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