Research & Innovation
The research and policy team meets the information needs of current and future customers and stakeholders by applying our expert, practical experience to create measurable impact and change. Within CNT Energy, we conduct research and policy analysis to improve the performance of our programs and to design new ones. Outside our organization, we help others build on our understanding by providing technical assistance, shaping policy, and suggesting pathways to bring our best practices to scale.
We have a full plate of research and policy work in 2013. Follow our blog to stay up to date on our publications as they become available.
Unlocking the Value of an Energy Efficient Home: A Blueprint to Make Energy Efficiency Improvements Visible in the Real Estate Market
A new paper provides a pathway to document energy efficiency improvements made to existing homes so that appraisers, Realtors®, buyers, and sellers all understand and reflect the value of such upgrades in the real estate transaction. Co-written by CNT Energy and National Home Performance Council (NHPC), the paper shows how proper documentation, verification, and standardization of energy efficiency improvements can add value to a home that owners can recoup at sale.
The paper argues that greater transparency around energy efficiency in a real estate transaction will encourage more homeowners to invest in these improvements, since they will have a clearer indication as to how much of the investment might be recaptured at the time of sale.
An independent review of the Energy Savers program to measure and verify the energy savings in buildings that have completed energy efficiency improvements.
For utilities seeking to meet energy efficiency goals, the multifamily housing sector represents a sizeable opportunity to achieve energy savings through targeted energy efficiency programs. In the report, CNT Energy and the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) examine the factors that contribute to effective energy efficiency program design for multifamily buildings and recommend strategies that can help utilities design and implement energy efficiency programs to attract multifamily building owners and achieve significant energy savings. Download a Fact Sheet here.
The indoor environment—where people spend about 90% of their time—is now being scrutinized for its impact on occupants’ health. Recognition of the relationship between a safe, nontoxic environment and health has caused the government to reexamine traditional models of providing housing services through a variety of different service providers, each with its own particular area of expertise. This article, originally published by Home Energy magazine, discusses ways in which green and healthy standards can be integrated into homes. It also recommends ways that energy efficiency professionals can contribute their expertise.
Energy efficiency upgrades in multifamily buildings could save building owners and residents up to $3.4 billion nationwide, according to a report released today by CNT Energy and the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE). Engaging as Partners in Energy Efficiency: Multifamily Housing and Utilities demonstrates that energy use in multifamily buildings can be reduced substantially, and cost-effective upgrades can result in utility cost savings of 15 to 30 percent in buildings with five or more residential units. The key to unlocking the savings, the report finds, is for energy utilities and apartment building owners to work together more closely to develop effective energy efficiency policies. Click here to download the slides from the February 13 Webinar discussing this report. Download a factsheet here.