All of IMT's work involves many collaborators as we seek to reach a wide range of stakeholders in both the public and private sectors. Given our relatively small staff, organizational leverage is essential as we identify and tap the most promising opportunities to promote energy efficiency in the built environment.
Through effective partnerships with organizations and public agencies across the U.S. and around the world, we and our collaborators avoid redundancy, exploit a broad range of strengths, and achieve far greater impact than we would working separately.
The partnerships that we engage in most often address the following needs:
Overcoming Broad Barriers to Energy Efficiency
IMT takes an active role in forming cross-sector coalitions to address national barriers to improving the energy efficiency of our building stock. Examples of such barriers include current mortgage underwriting practices that don't account for energy costs (addressed by the SAVE Act) and the difficulty faced by building owners and operators when trying to obtain utility data on whole-building energy consumption (addressed by the DATA alliance). Our partners in these coalitions span industry, trade associations, and environmental groups.
We work frequently with environmental, building science, and economic research organizations, as well as expert consultants and trade associations, to research best practices for policies, provide technical recommendations, and perform economic analyses. Recent examples include our amendments to the International Green Construction Code, which results from research by consultant Gary Klein; our analysis of the job-creation and energy-saving potential of the SAVE Act, undertaken with the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE); and our support of COMNET, a leading initiative to standardize building energy modeling through consistent baselines relative to various energy codes and standards.
Outreach & Education
Once we've researched best practices, it's essential to get them in front of the people on the ground: for building codes and policy, those people are policymakers and local officials; for energy efficiency finance and leasing, they're members of the real estate community. Outreach often takes the form of webinars, training sessions, or presentations, and frequent collaborators include organizations that represent local and state governments; environmental and green-building groups; and real estate organizations, including real estate services firms.
In Washington, DC, we provide outreach and education through our role in the DC Sustainable Energy Utility (DCSEU), liaising with building owners and operators, real estate brokers, appraisers, energy services providers, and other stakeholders.