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Provided below are select resources and reports from NCBPA and industry organizations containing market research and trends on the benefits of home and building performance, the importance of key policies and more.
Coming Soon! NCBPA’s 2017 Annual Energy Efficient, Green and High Performance Home and Building Inventory Report
Check back in mid-February, 2018 for the official release of this important report!
Coming Soon! NCBPA’s 2018-2024-2030 High Performance Home and Building Design & Feature Forecast
Click here for more information on this report, coming soon!
The Business Case for Energy Efficiency: How Investing in Less Creates More for North Carolina
Publish Date: October 17, 2017
This report provides recommendations for North Carolina policy makers, regulators and utilities to enable economic development, job creation and building infrastructure resiliency through new and increased investment in energy efficiency. The seven recommendations are:
Utility and Regulatory Environment: Expand and modernize utility energy efficiency programs and the regulatory environment that regulates them to achieve at least 1% net utility energy efficiency savings by 2023.
Building and Energy Codes: Adopt and provide education on improved building and energy codes, add an energy seat to the NC Building Code Council and promote above-code utility energy efficiency incentive programs.
Reduce Market and Regulatory Barriers to Entry: Support increased consumer education, decreased regulatory hurdles and offer public/private consumer financing programs to enable increased participation in energy efficient construction.
Energy, Water and Performance Benchmarking: Create and implement a statewide plan that establishes voluntary and mandatory energy, water and performance benchmarking in homes and buildings.
Multifamily and Low-Income Financial Barriers: Reduce the financial barriers that prevent builders, owners, occupants and federally-funded programs from participating in energy efficient construction in multifamily and low-income homes and buildings.
Strategic State Support and Resources: Reinforce and increase the current low-level of state support for public entities involved with energy efficiency and establish an energy roadmap that prioritizes using less before creating new
Workforce Development: Expand state and local support for workforce development programs that train students and displaced workers to fill the vital need for more skilled workers in the state’s energy efficiency trades
Increasing Homeowner Demand for Energy Efficiency Retrofits: Recommendations
Author: Duke University, Nicholas School of the Environment, Masters Program Students
Publish Date: April 26, 2017
NCBPA worked with students from Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment on this valuable report completed on April 26, 2017. Click here to access the report.
Abstract: With rising concern aimed at energy consumption and its environmental impacts, efforts are being made to conserve energy across the United States. Nearly half of all domestic energy use is dedicated to homes and buildings. Despite significant strides by the homebuilding industry to design new energy efficient structures, a significant portion of the current housing stock includes inefficient, poor-performing homes. The North Carolina Building Performance Association (NCBPA) tasked us with identifying the barriers preventing homeowners from investing in home energy retrofits and offering pertinent recommendations to address these roadblocks. Through an exhaustive review of current literature and key insight from industry leaders, we distilled the many barriers into four areas: consumer education, home valuation, financing, and marketing. Our recommendations include building-out NCBPA consumer education website, hiring of a full-time data manager to create an inventory focused on capturing metrics surrounding home valuation, developing a conjoint marketing plan to target specific audiences, and continuing to push for commercial PACE and on-bill financing in North Carolina.
2016 Annual Energy Efficient, Green and High Performance Home and Building Inventory Report
Publish Date: December 4, 2016
NCBPA’s 2016 study identified 180,640 energy efficient, green and high performance homes and buildings as being built or retrofitted in the state from 2007 to 2015. In the second year of this first-of-a-kind study, the association believes that this volume places North Carolina in the top five states nationally for energy efficient, green and high performance construction volume and saturation.
The study’s 2015 results demonstrate that North Carolina remains a national leader in the construction of energy efficient, green and high performance homes and buildings:
The study identified 39,110 units as being built or retrofitted in 2015, which equates to nearly 63% of the roughly 62,000 new and existing units built or retrofitted in the state during the year.
Beginning in 2007, North Carolina has experienced an annual increase in the number of units reported. However, 2015 was the first year of lower total units reported, down 1,354 (~3%) from the 2014 peak of 40,464 units.
2015 Annual Energy Efficient, Green and High Performance Home and Building Inventory Report
Author: UNC Charlotte EPIC, NCBPA
Publish Date: September 18, 2015
In 2015, NCBPA completed a first-of-its-kind market study to inventory as many of a state’s energy efficient, green and high performance homes and buildings as possible for the purposes of better understanding the quantity of units in North Carolina, defining areas of strong and weak saturation, and increasing engagement from industry stakeholders seeking to increase the number of units being built and retrofitted in the state.
Results from the 2015 study, performed with UNC Charlotte’s Energy Production and Infrastructure Center (EPIC) resulted in the identification of more than 122,000 North Carolina homes and buildings built or retrofitted since 2007 as being energy efficient, green or high performance through primarily third party energy efficiency and green building certification programs and rating systems.
Here are links to additional helpful resources, reports and research:
- Guide for Benchmarking Residential Energy Efficiency Program Progress with Examples (Better Buildings, 2015).
- Green and Healthier Homes: Engaging Consumers of all Ages in Sustainable Living (Dodge Data & Analytics, 2015).
- EE design helps school in Hoke County NC save $35M over 40 years (USGBC).
- 2013 study on the impact of EE certified homes in NC (NCEEA).
- Energy efficiency trends in residential and commercial buildings (DOE).
- 121,000+ energy efficient homes and buildings built in NC since ‘07 (NCBPA).
- Report outlines why your NC electric bill is increasing (NCSEA).
- EE as a low-cost resource for achieving carbon emissions reductions (EPA).
- A Policymaker’s Guide to Scaling Home Energy Upgrades (SEE Action, 2015).
- Lessons from the History of Efforts to Value Green and High-Performance Home Attributes in the United States(Lawrence Berkley National Laboratory, 2015).
- How Energy Efficiency Progams Can Help Capture Efficiency in Real Estate Transactions (Better Buildings, 2015).
- 2011 study on the increased value of EE homes in NC and US (NCEEA).
- Enhancing Community Resilience through Energy Efficiency (ACEEE, 2015).
- Report: Energy Efficiency Program Provides Big Boost to Minnesota’s Economy (Electric Energy Online, 2015).
- Economics, employees and environment keys to EE buildings in NC (USGBC).