After nearly a year’s worth of meetings, surveys and analysis, last week Duke University’s Nicholas Institute released its final North Carolina Energy Efficiency Roadmap in partnership with North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (NCDEQ). The report will help North Carolina advocates, policymakers, and key stakeholders implement new solutions, remove barriers, and achieve its energy efficiency potential.
NCBPA staff, members and partners were active participants in the report’s development with NCBPA’s Executive Director Ryan Miller participating on the Steering Committee. Member professionals Tim Gasper of Siemens, Kimberly Conley of the North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center, and others led task groups that developed the 32 recommendations over 10 focus areas.
Several recommendations of interest to NCBPA members are included in the report. A few highlights include:
- Establish a pathway to net zero energy-ready new buildings by 2042.
- Establish an Energy Efficiency Advisory Council to oversee the implementation of the EE Roadmap recommendations.
- Collaborate with ApprenticeshipNC to launch an EE Apprenticeship program.
- Increase energy awareness and action on NC Building Code Council.
- Commence a cost-effectiveness study to include evaluation of non-energy benefits.
A key next step for the Roadmap includes finalizing the recommendations that will be included in the state’s new Clean Energy Plan, which has recently been open for public comment. Click here to view NCBPA’s recommendations for public comments regarding this plan.
Click here to view the Roadmap and a wealth of related resources created during the project.
NCBPA would like to thank Jen Weiss of the Nicholas Institute for leading this project and all of our member professionals that participated. Click here for a list of participants.
Contact NCBPA’s Ryan Miller at Ryan@BuildingNC.org or 919-841-6207 with questions and comments about the association’s work on the Roadmap and how your company can get involved in our efforts to implement it.