HARC's Gavin Dillingham, Program Director, Clean Energy Policy, participated on a panel for Smart Building Technologies at the Third Annual UT Energy Week in Austin on February 8th.
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:
Austin: City Park Water Reclamation Project - Texas City Efficiency Leadership Council Best Practice
The Energy Efficiency Incentive Program, an initiative recently launched by the Green Office Challenge, will demonstrate the utility cost savings achievable from the use of energy saving retrofits and/or operating methods in Houston’s commercial office buildings.
HARC will partner with Lime Energy Co. to launch an energy efficiency program, "Achieving Energy Efficiency in Small Businesses in Low-Income Areas", in the Houston area.
HARC and the State Energy Conservation Office (SECO) will present the Community Efficiency Leaders Workshop - Water & Energy Best Practices at Houston-Galveston Area Council on July 21, 2016.
HARC partners with the Texas Property Assessed Clean Energy Authority to track energy and water savings and emission reductions for Texas projects.
HARC, as the lead for the World Business Council for Sustainable Development Energy Efficient Building Houston Project, was featured in the Buildings Day at the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 21) with the City of Houston.
Electric power resilience—or keeping the lights on and more importantly, keeping the air conditioning on—is one of the more important areas to focus on in Texas.
A new group of real estate and energy experts is setting out to show Houston’s building owners, occupiers, and investors how to add value by subtracting energy.
As the city efficiency leaders retrofit public buildings, create innovative financing, benchmark and collect energy data, implement building codes, and initiate other new programs, HARC, SECO, and SPEER are producing a series of case studies documenting their best practices.
The TX-PACE Energy and Emissions Tracker was created in partnership with the Texas PACE Authority, the state-wide administrator of TX-PACE. This interactive tool allows viewers to see how TX-PACE projects are reducing energy and water consumption, lowering emissions, and providing significant economic benefits. The status of TX-PACE can be reviewed for each region or at the state-wide level.
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.
In partnership with the State Energy Conservation Office (SECO), HARC is launching the Department of Energy’s State Energy Program Texas Industrial Energy Efficiency and Combined Heat and Power (CHP) grant.