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Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2013
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships
Policy Areas Energy, Community Development, Public Spaces, Environment & Natural Resources
As states and cities seek to meet their energy savings and carbon emissions reduction goals, new and innovative solutions are needed to improve energy efficiency in the stock of existing homes and buildings. One key tool-building energy rating and disclosure (BER&D) -seeks...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2012
Level City or Town, State
State(s) All States
Source Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships
Policy Areas Energy, Environment & Natural Resources
This report provides recommendations to help states in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions implement efficient building energy codes. Recommendations include regularly updating the state building energy code, establishing a pathway to zero net energy buildings, implementing mandatory...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2021
Level State
State(s) All States
Source Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships
Policy Areas Energy, Environment & Natural Resources
Strategic Energy Management (SEM) is a tool to engage businesses in energy management. It leverages data-driven learning and behavioral science to teach to create and perpetuate a workplace culture that supports energy reduction. This report presents six strategies states can use...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2016
Level State
State(s) All States
Source Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships
Policy Areas Data & Technology, Energy, Environment & Natural Resources, Housing
Home Energy Management Systems (HEMS) are hardware or software systems that can monitor and provide feedback about a home's energy usage and enable advanced control of energy-using systems in a home. HEMS, along with smart technology, present unique opportunities for energy conservation....

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2017
Level State
State(s) All States
Source Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships
Policy Areas Data & Technology, Energy, Environment & Natural Resources
This report examines the current state of electrification in Northeastern states, examining technology and policies that support the development of electrification and reduce emissions. Further, this report identifies the actions necessary to reduce regional emissions 80 percent by...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2017
Level State
State(s) All States
Source Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships
Policy Areas Energy, Environment & Natural Resources, Housing
In cold climate regions, the installation of air-source heat pumps (ASHPs) to homes can reduce energy consumption, cost, and emissions. However, poor installation practices may undermine these benefits. This report outlines best practices to inform contractors installing ASHPs in...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2017
Level City or Town, State
State(s) All States
Source Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships
Policy Areas Energy, Environment & Natural Resources
Zero energy buildings are energy-efficient buildings that produce as much energy as they consume. This report presents strategies to advance the development and adoption of zero energy building codes in state legislatures. Recommendations include establishing a statewide zero energy...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2018
Level City or Town, State
State(s) All States
Source Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships
Policy Areas Energy, Environment & Natural Resources, Finance & Procurement
Opponents of updated energy codes claim that updating codes will be too costly for builders, contractors, and homebuyers. This report examines commercial and residential construction data from the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions to disprove these common arguments, while highlighting...

Type Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2015
Level -
State(s) All States
Source Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships
Policy Areas Energy, Housing
As the price of electricity and heating fuels rise, the demand for energy efficient homes is skyrocketing, making a working knowledge of efficient home characteristics important for real estate professionals. This checklist can be used as a resource for keeping track of all the energy...

Type Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2018
Level -
State(s) All States
Source Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships
Policy Areas Energy, Housing
As the price of electricity and heating fuels rise, the demand for rental properties with energy-efficient features and lower utility bills is skyrocketing. This guide instructs renters on what to ask and look for to find an energy-efficient rental. It also outlines low cost measures...

Type Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2021
Level City or Town, County, State
State(s) All States
Source Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships
Policy Areas Energy, Environment & Natural Resources
This infographic documents which states and cities in the Northeastern United States have benchmarking policies and/or residential energy labeling programs and policies. It also provides examples of energy and emission savings earned from benchmarking, and regional spending on energy...

Type Ordinance
Year 2021
Level City or Town
State(s) Vermont
Source Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships
Policy Areas Energy, Environment & Natural Resources, Housing
Montpelier's Home Energy Information Ordinance requires sellers in the City to provide a Vermont Home Energy Profile (VHEP) label when listing a home for sale. The label is intended to provide key home energy insights for residents, potential home buyers, sellers, real estate professionals,...

Type Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year -
Level State
State(s) All States
Source Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships
Policy Areas Energy, Environment & Natural Resources, Health, Housing, Public Safety
Energy codes help manage conditions that can affect building integrity and occupant health such as moisture, temperature, and indoor air quality. This infographic highlights the ways in which adherence to energy codes ensures safe and healthy occupants, on top of mitigating climate...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2012
Level State
State(s) Massachusetts
Source Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships
Policy Areas Energy, Environment & Natural Resources
To achieve greater energy efficiency, states should adopt "stretch" energy codes to supplement their base building energy codes. This report explores "stretch" energy codes, outlines the difficulties in enforcing building rating systems as code, and describes how Massachusetts was...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2021
Level -
State(s) Vermont
Source Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships
Policy Areas Data & Technology, Energy, Housing
This case study outlines how Vermont's Barden Seidman family was able to build an energy-efficient home with smart systems and appliances through a traditional retrofit project process. It discusses the project's successes and challenges and describes opportunities for further improvement....

Type Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2022
Level City or Town, County, State
State(s) All States
Source Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships
Policy Areas Energy, Environment & Natural Resources, Housing
This fact sheet refutes common misconceptions surrounding net zero/fossil fuel free buildings. In particular, it highlights how the creation of net zero/fossil fuel free buildings will spur economic development; lower construction costs over time; offer reliable power; and serve all...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year -
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships
Policy Areas Energy, Environment & Natural Resources
Cable manufacturing is an extremely energy intensive process. This case study focuses on how the Okonite Company, a leading manufacturer of insulated wire and cable, partnered with National Grid to reduce its energy costs and GHG emissions through a strategic energy management (SEM)...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year -
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships
Policy Areas Energy, Environment & Natural Resources
Hospitals have high energy usage because they operate around the clock. This case study focuses on the Gifford Medical Center's partnership with Efficiency Vermont's strategic energy management (SEM) program to reduce energy costs and GHG emissions. It outlines how the program was...

Type Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2022
Level City or Town, County, School District
State(s) All States
Source Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships
Policy Areas Education, Health
This fact sheet outlines actions necessary to reduce transmission of COVID-19 in schools. Recommendations include upgrading HVAC systems, performing daily air flushes, maintaining proper relative humidity levels, conducting retro-commissioning, and more....

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2021
Level School District, State
State(s) All States
Source Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships
Policy Areas Education, Energy, Finance & Procurement
Across the country, state funding for school construction and renovation projects ranges significantly. This report summarizes how each state in the Northeastern United States funds school construction projects, and provides recommendations to achieve zero energy schools through construction...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2020
Level School District, State
State(s) All States
Source Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships
Policy Areas Education, Energy, Finance & Procurement
A zero energy school is a low-energy, combustion-free building that sources all of its annual energy from renewable energy sources. This toolkit describes the educational, health, and environmental benefits of zero energy schools; outlines the process of building or renovating a zero...

Type Act or Session Law
Year 2021
Level City or Town, State
State(s) Massachusetts
Source Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships
Policy Areas Energy
Massachusetts' Energy-Zero Code requires the design and construction of buildings to achieve zero energy. A zero energy building is a low-energy, combustion-free building that sources all of its energy from renewable energy. This code outlines a variety of paths buildings can take...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year -
Level City or Town, State
State(s) All States
Source Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships
Policy Areas Data & Technology, Energy
Building energy performance standards, or BEPS, are policies which require building owners to meet certain energy targets in order to reach city-wide emissions goals and to disclose their building data publicly. Before developing these standards, it is critical to have quality data,...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2022
Level City or Town, State
State(s) All States
Source Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships
Policy Areas Energy
This NEEP report identifies six ways that policy makers and program administrators can identify, embed, and evaluate progress towards energy equity in energy efficiency programs through the evaluation, measurement, and verification process....

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