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Continuing the Energy Efficiency Conversation



New ideas are emerging about closing the communications gap between facility managers and the CFO.


By Greg Hopkins, Phil Keuhn, and Jamie Mandel   Energy Efficiency

OTHER PARTS OF THIS ARTICLEPt. 1: How To Talk About Energy Efficiency in Financial Terms Pt. 2: 3 Best Practices for Justifying Energy Efficiency Pt. 3: This Page
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Emerging approaches are finally breaking down the widespread language barrier that has held back progress in commercial portfolio energy optimization. Portfolio managers, CFOs, and other decision makers within organizations who own and operate commercial building portfolios are increasingly getting the type of information they need to make informed decisions about investing in energy projects.

Economic analysis that accounts for localized factors, detailed asset information, and organizational investment criteria can accurately inform and dramatically impact how energy investments are prioritized across portfolios. Additionally, applying consistent analysis scope and methodology across portfolios consolidates all results and recommendations into a unified investment strategy that can be readily understood by all stakeholders needed to execute it.

Jamie Mandel is a managing director at Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI), responsible for leading RMI's buildings practice. He brings extensive experience as an engagement manager from McKinsey & Company, a global management consulting firm.

Phil Keuhn is a Manager in RMI's Buildings Practice, leading RMI's Portfolio Energy Optimization initiative and bringing more than a decade of industry experience including auditing, retro-commissioning, energy modeling, and HVAC design.

Greg Hopkins is a senior associate in RMI's buildings practice. He has a background in commercial real estate finance from previous positions with commercial portfolio owners Tishman Speyer and Allianz Real Estate.


For more information about best practices that can support and scale portfolio energy optimization, check out Rocky Mountain Institute’s report, Capturing Value Through Portfolio Energy Optimization: Best Practices for Real Estate Owners and Investors. 


Continue Reading: Justifying Energy

How To Talk About Energy Efficiency in Financial Terms

3 Best Practices for Justifying Energy Efficiency

Continuing the Energy Efficiency Conversation

posted on 9/28/2018

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