2016 Green Building Grants

The Foundation’s green building work will use the expertise, network, and resources it has developed around energy efficiency policy and seize on the improved conditions its grantees and partners have helped to create, starting in two large-scale bioregions of the United States: Cascadia (Oregon, Washington, and Idaho) and Sonora (New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, Utah and Colorado).

Cascadia (Oregon, Washington, Idaho)

Climate Solutions (CS) – $50,000
To help implement the King County-Cities Climate Collaboration (K4C), a coalition of King County, WA and 13 cities, to reduce energy use in all existing buildings 25% below 2012 levels by 2030 and to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in new buildings by 2030; as part of CS’s New Energy Cities program, K4C will advance building energy benchmarking and transparency programs in these communities and inspire similar efforts throughout the Pacific Northwest and beyond; CS helps local jurisdictions accelerate deep cuts in GHG emissions through goal-setting, clean energy transition planning, policy development, program design, and implementation; CS helps local partners create political momentum to inform policy and drive energy efficiency at the state and regional levels.

Earth Advantage (EA) – $48,000
To adequately measure and compare the true cost and benefits of differing levels of green building approaches, durability, and energy efficiency standards, EA and project partners will customize a Life-Cycle Cost Analysis (LCCA) tool which incorporates long-term operational savings, additional environmental benefits (water savings, energy intensity of materials, and carbon reduction), and human benefits (appropriate material selection and improved ventilation resulting in improved occupant health) for Oregon; an Oregon LCCA tool will be used to more adequately assess the cost-effectiveness of affordable housing construction projects statewide and analyze the cost-effectiveness of proposed energy code improvements providing a pathway for a state mandate for zero energy construction by 2030.

MPower Oregon – $60,000
To drive green building market expansion through assessment and action on the following strategies: cultivate increased incentives with utilities; reach the majority of multi-family housing stock affordable to low-income people in Oregon which is not subsidized and instead is located in economically depressed areas; push ultra-high building efficiency for the substantial investment currently going into new units of housing, resulting in comprehensive energy and water efficiency upgrades on at least 1,000 units of affordable housing and a significantly expanded pipeline of efficiency projects throughout the Cascadia region.

New Buildings Institute (NBI) – $73,000
To help school districts prioritize school buildings based on energy performance with rankings related to worst performers with the highest potential for improvement and buildings with highest viability to achieve zero net energy (ZNE) performance through a whole-building, deep energy retrofit; to develop metrics to compare the water use implications of different mechanical system types, and quantify the water-intensity of regional energy grids to represent regional variation in the water use implications of grid power; this information will be targeted at the design community so that relative water consumption can play a more meaningful role in school projects as well as all building design decisions that directly and indirectly affect water consumption associated with the building sector.

Northwest EcoBuilding Guild (NEBG) – $60,000
To expand the Code Innovations Database to become the go-to resource for permitting precedent and innovative policies and codes to make it easier for code officials to approve ultra-efficient green buildings; advocacy research to generate and publish compelling content in priority areas of Energy, Water and the Human Element, documenting technical precedents and innovative policies from around the Pacific Northwest region, the US and the world; to reinforce and expand cross-sector partnerships to advocate for adoption of codes, standards, incentives, policies and practices that will accelerate adoption of ultra-efficient building.

Sonora (New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, Utah, Colorado)

International Center for Appropriate & Sustainable Technology (ICAST) – $50,000
To develop and pilot a deeper green retrofit program for Moving Multifamily Affordable Housing towards Net Zero that includes training and community engagement; to significantly enhance ICAST’s ResourceSmart program for implementing ultra-efficient Multi-Family Affordable Housing (MFAH) rehab and trainings that can be scaled and replicated nationwide.

Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP) – $75,000
To undertake efforts to create change in the building industry and develop momentum towards Zero Net Energy (ZNE) buildings in the Southwest U.S. through outreach, education, and program and policy efforts; to provide ZNE technical workshops in three states: Arizona, Colorado and Utah; one workshop will be presented in each state related to design of ZNE commercial buildings and one on the design of ZNE homes; the workshops will feature key ZNE design strategies as well as provide case studies.

Map of EMEF green building impact area