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Policy Advocacy & Consulting

IMT advises local, state, and federal policymakers on improving the energy efficiency of existing buildings. Our goal is to advance scalable policies that increase private-sector investment in energy efficiency.

In particular, IMT is considered a national leader on building energy benchmarking policy (sometimes called energy reporting or energy disclosure). We have advised cities and states across the country on the design, adoption, and implementation of such policies, and on technical research and data accessibility.

We often facilitate collaboration between the public and private sectors to advance policy, working closely with government leaders, regional and national energy efficiency organizations, foundations, industry associations, and the real estate and utility sectors.

IMT's staff includes experts in public policy, real estate, advocacy, and government operations. Our experts have spoken at national conventions of the U.S. Green Building Council (Greenbuild) and the National League of Cities, and at events hosted by the White House Council on Environmental Quality; the U.S. Department of Energy; the New York Academy of Sciences; the Wharton School; and Bloomberg New Energy Finance, among many others.

We have published numerous research reports and best-practice guides, including the first national survey of energy benchmarking policies, Building Energy Transparency.

Shown above: IMT co-hosted a meeting of city sustainability officials at the Energy Efficient Buildings Hub (EEB Hub) in Philadelphia in May 2013. Photo courtesy EEB Hub.

IMT Report | Building Energy Transparency

IMT Report | Building Energy Transparency

The most comprehensive review to date of commercial building energy benchmarking and disclosure policies in the United States, Building Energy Transparency (July 2011) creates the first blueprint that policymakers can use to identify challenges and apply best practices piloted by leading jurisdictions: Austin, Texas; California; the District of Columbia; Massachusetts; New York City; Portland, Ore.; San Francisco, Calif.; Seattle, Wash.; and Washington state.