Free energy efficiency tools from Johnson Controls
June 5, 2012 - On World Environment Day, Johnson Controls launches Driving Transformation to Energy Efficient Buildings: Policies and Actions . This toolkit aims to help the estimated 6.5 billion people who will live and work in urban buildings by 2050 breathe cleaner air, be more comfortable, save money and reduce carbon emissions.
By Anthony Capkun
“We are launching a step-by-step process for countries to follow to help increase the rate of energy efficiency improvement in buildings,” said Iain Campbell, VP and GM, Global Energy and WorkPlace Solutions, Building Efficiency, Johnson Controls. “Today, buildings consume 40% of the world’s energy. The program outlined in this free toolkit will help businesses and governments move rapidly to adopt policies and programs that will make a positive impact on the environment while reducing costs.”
The toolkit aims to help countries address six categories of government policies and actions needed to improve building efficiency:
• Building efficiency codes and standards: Decrease long-term costs with well-designed buildings.
• Energy efficiency improvement targets: Motivate countries and cities to act.
• Policies and actions that increase awareness: Encourage better energy management among owners, operators, and tenants.
• Financial incentives: Help overcome energy efficiency project cost barriers.
• Utility programs: Encourage utility customers to be more energy efficient.
• Human and technical capacity: Support workforce training and technical assistance.
The toolkit includes a workshop facilitator’s guide, templates and analysis tools. The workshop is designed to help stakeholders collaborate, using visual tools to set priorities.
According to the International Energy Agency, says Johnson Controls, energy efficiency measures could deliver two-thirds of the energy-related carbon dioxide emission reductions needed to maintain climate protection. Efficient buildings will do more to reduce carbon emissions quickly and at a lower cost than any other strategy.