Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space

"A community’s physical form, rather than its land uses, is its most intrinsic and enduring characteristic." [Katz, EPA] This blog focuses on place and placemaking and all that makes it work--historic preservation, urban design, transportation, asset-based community development, arts & cultural development, commercial district revitalization, tourism & destination development, and quality of life advocacy--along with doses of civic engagement and good governance watchdogging.

Thursday, March 01, 2012

Presentation tonight: Making Performance Public: Mandatory Disclosure of Energy Use in Buildings

First image: Kiosk at the University of Richmond displaying the Lucid Building Dashboard.

Second image from the article "US DOE Innovation Ecosystem Initiative Catalyzes Growth, VC Funding for FirstFuel Software" from the Fraunhofer Institute USA CleanTech Notes blog.

Thursday March 1, 2012
6:30pm - 8:30 pm
National Building Museum
401 F Street NW
Washington, DC

Nearly a dozen municipalities across the country have passed new laws mandating property owners to measure and publicly release the energy use of their buildings. City representatives from Seattle, New York City and San Francisco will discuss the challenges of implementing new reporting requirements and the impact this information is having on local real estate markets. This program is presented in collaboration with the Urban Land Institute.

Participants include:

• Jayson Antonoff, Energy and Climate Change Policy Advisor, City of Seattle
• Barry Hooper, Private Sector Green Building Specialist, San Francisco Department of Environment, City and County of San Francisco
• Laurie Kerr, Senior Policy Advisor, New York City Mayor’s Office of Long Term Planning and Sustainability
• Charles Leitner, Chairman, Greenprint Center for Building Performance, Urban Land Institute
• Matthew Wald, Journalist, New York Times (moderator)

- webpage for the presentation

This is an extension of the idea of "what gets measured gets done" the point from the book In Search of Excellence. But I'd argue it's not just the measurement but the display of the measurement that makes a big difference too.

At building management issues on this topic, every presenter pretty much says that the building is its most efficient at the moment it is delivered (opened for use) and that it declines significantly from that point.

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