The development of new non-residential buildings brings with it opportunities for minimizing energy requirements, integrating renewable energy generation, and being creative with transportation solutions.
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Step 1: Exert influence to establish minimum building standards for energy efficiency with scaled introductions to net-zero energy by 2030
See Action Area 7, Task 3, Step 1.
Step 2: Incentivize alternatives to gas boilers by 2022
See Action Area 7, Task 2, Step 3.
Step 3: Develop a shared solar model where each owner pays solar installation cost based on their peak demand
There will need to be innovative energy service style solutions to reducing energy costs into the future and ensuring that they come from low carbon sources. This means looking to solutions at sites where there is a landlord and multiple businesses within the property. A set of example buildings would need to done in the first instance to test and demonstrate the opportunity.
Step 4: Form educational packages on the benefits of consistent pricing for renewables
CREDIT, with the working group and partners should form training packages, for commercial building owners and their tenants to inform them of the opportunities attached to energy in a low carbon future. This type of outreach and engagement is a key component of building links to commercial building operators that can bring about the needed transition. This can be used to demonstrate how low carbon building design can be useful to their business both in terms of energy savings and in terms of their Corporate Social Responsibility.
Step 5: Work with new building owners to trial an Energy Service Company (ESCO) on site, where all lessees pay for heat, cooling, lighting, and local transportation rather than electricity
CREDIT, in partnership with the building working group, can work to include in a RID a commercial building or district where energy services are sold, rather than electricity, to establish working business models. These services may include lighting, refrigeration, cooling, heating, and local transportation.
Step 6: Incentivize ongoing reporting and minimum standard targets for sites
Identify opportunities for incentives for providing consistent reporting and setting of minimum targets in the development phase. This can help develop a greater real-time understanding of energy data and should be developed in tandem with recommendations in Action Area 11.
Step 7: Maximize potential for renewables on-site
CREDIT, in partnership with the building working group and partners, should identify opportunities to incorporate on-site renewable energy generation for heating and electricity in new development construction across Charlotte.
Step 8: Enable fast-tracking of applications that meet minimum standards
CREDIT, in partnership with the City of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County, should develop a pilot process and clear project requirements to accelerate applications through the approval process that meet high efficiency standards. These developments would then be approved faster and receive dedicated support opportunities with them. This may include buildings that utilize passive temperature.