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Commercial Building Retrofit Roadmap (British Columbia)

March 28, 2017

Charting a Path Toward Widespread Electrical Savings Integral Group developed a “Commercial Building Retrofit Roadmap” for British Columbia’s provincial utility, BC Hydro and Power Authority. The roadmap is designed to achieve deep electrical energy savings for BC Hydro by laying out a logic map of policies, programs, and education and training between now and 2030. The…

City of Richmond Stretch Energy Code

Imagining Richmond’s Energy Future The City of Richmond’s Department of District Energy and Sustainability retained our Integral Group team to develop a set of energy and carbon emissions targets for buildings. This included: Making recommendations for greenhouse gas intensity (GHGI), total energy use intensity (TEUI) and thermal energy demand intensity (TEDI) targets for key building…

Smith College Zero Emissions Campus Plan

A Path to Zero at the Campus-Scale Integral conducted a full campus energy system analysis and options assessment to support Smith College in transitioning to a zero emissions energy system by 2030. The project began with a collaborative effort to develop and refine a set of principles and criteria to drive energy system analysis and…

Sapperton District Energy Bylaw

Supporting the Development of Low-Carbon Infrastructure Our team assisted the City of New Westminster in the establishment of the new Sapperton District Energy System Service Area. This work included the delineation of the service area boundary and a phase-in approach for district energy connection. We developed a Service Area Bylaw that defined specific connection requirements,…

City of Vancouver Zero Emissions Building Policy

Moving Towards Carbon Neutral New Construction in Vancouver Our research and planning and energy modeling teams supported the City of Vancouver’s Carbon Neutral Buildings Strategy by modeling a path toward achieving carbon neutral building construction. This included researching best practices, analyzing passive and active strategies to achieve increasingly high performance buildings, identifying interim performance targets…

CaGBC National Energy Benchmarking Framework Whitepaper

Advocating for energy transparency in buildings across Canada We’ve been working alongside CaGBC, consulting stakeholders and developing a white paper as the first steps toward creating a National Energy Benchmarking Framework. The framework, focused on consistency, effectiveness, transparency, and capacity building, will provide a means to simplify and streamline policy implementation for governments and support…

City of Toronto Zero Emissions Building Framework

Toronto’s push toward a net zero future We developed a framework for the new version of the Toronto Green Standard (TGS), the city’s energy efficiency building design standard. Toronto’s objective in updating the TGS was to: require higher performance levels in new construction to reduce the GHG impact of population growth and densification, replace poorer-performing…

DOEE Comprehensive Energy Plan

Mapping the District of Columbia’s Energy Future Our team developed the District of Columbia’s Comprehensive Energy Plan (CEP), Clean Energy DC, for the District’s Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE). The District has ambitious energy use reduction, GHG reduction, and renewable energy utilization targets that require significant improvements in energy efficiency, shifts to clean energy,…

Energy System Transformation Playbook

Helping cities break dependency on fossil fuels Working with the cities of Boulder, Minneapolis and Seattle, our Integral team developed the Energy System Transformation Playbook. The project was supported by a grant from the Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance, a collaboration of cities committed to achieving aggressive long-term carbon reduction goals. The Playbook is a tool…

Integrated Climate and Energy Strategy

October 18, 2016

UCSC is trying to achieve two climate goals: (1) reduce Scope 1 on-site emissions to 15% below California Cap & Trade thresholds by 12/31/20, and (2) achieve carbon neutrality of scope 1 & 2 greenhouse gas emissions 2025. To achieve this, the campus is developing an integrated climate and energy strategy that evaluates building energy…

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