Earth Advantage Institute Awarded Funding from Bullitt Foundation for Large-scale Residential Energy Labeling Project

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Earth Advantage Institute (EAI), a nonprofit focused on creating tools for better buildings, is proud to announce it has been awarded funding from the Bullitt Foundation, which focuses on promoting responsible human activities and sustainable communities in the Pacific Northwest. The funding will allow EAI to undertake a project to advance a regional residential energy labeling policy.

The project will address many of the obstacles preventing the adoption of residential scoring and disclosure programs and policies.

EAI believes that residential energy scoring and disclosure have the potential to create a market that values energy efficiency, thus accelerating energy efficiency upgrades and reducing climate impacts from energy use. Currently EAI works with localities across the country to develop and implement tools that support residential energy scoring and disclosure efforts. Now EAI is embarking on what Executive Director David Heslam calls its “broadest and possibly most impactful project to date.” Working with industry stakeholders throughout the Pacific Northwest, EAI will lead the development of consistent standards, methodologies, and criteria around residential energy scoring and disclosure in the region. The project will address many of the obstacles preventing the adoption of residential scoring and disclosure programs and policies.

The project will develop a policy “playbook” for the region that will highlight the necessary building blocks to develop and implement energy scoring and disclosure programs. It will serve as the vision and the implementation guide to operationalize energy scoring and disclosure programs across the region. Anthony Roy, EAI’s director of policy and business development, says the goal of the project is to create as much simplicity as possible out of a complex issue. Roy expects that “if it’s easier for consumers and industry professionals alike to understand energy scoring, it will gain greater market relevance.” This will lead directly to greater energy savings and carbon reduction for the region.

The project will also provide local, state, and regional policymakers with information about policy opportunities, energy efficiency outcomes, potential stakeholder benefits, and market impacts that can inform and support the creation of concrete future scoring and disclosure efforts. While EAI’s approach will initially focus on the unique attributes of Washington and Oregon, Roy sees an opportunity for “the outcomes of the project to be replicated in neighboring states, other geographic regions, and even nationally.”

About Earth Advantage Institute
Earth Advantage Institute’s nonprofit mission is to advance better built buildings, directly and permanently reducing greenhouse gas emissions. We do this by focusing our efforts on building certification, education, research and consulting. Our organization uses an innovation model that recognizes profit-driven motives while remaining at the vanguard of industry change. We aim to create a building industry that harmonizes the natural and built environment for future generations.

For More Information About Earth Advantage Institute:
Erik O. Cathcart, Director of Marketing & Strategy
ecathcart@earthadvantage.org
(503) 968-7160 x21

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