Overview

The US BCSD and World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) launched the Energy Efficiency in Buildings Houston initiative in 2014 to support the development of ambitious and practical strategies for reducing building energy consumption by 30% or more in the Houston market. This initiative is also joined by the City Energy Project, which is supporting the City of Houston, along with nine other cities, to help cut energy waste in large buildings, make them healthier environments and more profitable investments through energy efficiency.

Process

In early October 2014, the WBCSD and US BCSD hosted a deep-dive workshop to convene various stakeholders in Houston’s commercial building sector to diagnose and tackle key barriers to energy efficiency, recommend practical action plans for achieving market transformation to improve energy efficiency, and establish clearly defined stakeholder commitments. Results from this workshop led to the formation of this Energy Efficiency in Buildings – Houston platform and the ongoing efforts.

Path to Scale

Idea (2006 to 2010): The WBCSD’s EEB project looked into the building sector’s role within the international energy efficiency landscape.

Action (2010 to 2015): WBCSD launches the EEB 2.0 project in cities around the world to develop action plans and establish stakeholder commitments on EEB.

Scale (present): multiple market engagements have taken place around the world, each pushing forward action plans to reduce building energy consumption.

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KEY ACTION AREAS & ONGOING WORK in Houston

Communications

Objective: ensure the opportunities and benefits of EEB are appropriately communicated to all stakeholders, with the right message for the right audience.

Finance

Objective: identify EEB financing options and tools; and to develop strategies to promote, pilot and scale their use with building owners in the Houston area.

Operations

Objective: develop the capacity of building operators by ensuring they are appropriately trained and understand how to build an EEB business case to drive owners to action.

Policy

Objective: develop appropriate policies and regulation that can be effectively implemented in a non-regulated market to maintain competitiveness, and promote transparency and market activity.


Scaling Beyond Houston

The stakeholder engagement process used in Houston would work well in a number of other US cities, and presents a strong scale-up opportunity in the buildings sector. Get in touch with us if you're interested in seeing this type of project in your city.