This Fact Sheet provides an overview of the Better Buildings Workforce Guidelines project. The Department of Energy (DOE) and the National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) are working with industry stakeholders to develop voluntary national guidelines that will improve the quality and consistency of commercial building workforce training and certification programs for five key energy-related jobs.
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High performance or “Hi-R” windows use advanced technology to deliver up to a seven-fold improvement in a window’s thermal performance. At a GSA test bed location in Provo, Utah, Hi-R panel retrofits, which are installed on top of existing windows, reduced heating loads by up to 41%.
The Fire Station Efficiency Solutions Package aims to assist municipalities nationwide to reduce carbon footprints, lower utility bills, and increase resiliency by selecting improvements that will reduce energy and water use in existing buildings by at least 20%. This toolkit is a product of a collaboration between the City of Atlanta and Southface Energy Institute. Through this solutions package, municipalities and fire departments will be equipped to plan and implement individual and portfolio-level upgrades.
Article in the Whole Building Design Guide about the uses and features of metal roofs that meet "cool roof" standards.
Collection of resources on cool roofs and reducing urban heat island effect. From Berkeley National Laboratory's Heat Island Group.
An analysis of the energy and environmental consequences of pavement materials and construction, with comparison to the much larger building energy savings that can be achieved from cool roofs.
An economic comparison by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory of the lifecycle costs of white, green and black flat roofs.
Cool roofs can help many building owners save money while protecting the environment. This guidebook has been created to help you understand how cool roofs work, what kinds of cool roof options are available, and how to determine if cool roofing is appropriate for your building. If you are planning a new building or replacing or restoring an existing roof, cool roofs should be considered as an energy efficiency option. Cool roof products exist for virtually every kind of roof