On April 1, 2011, the City Council authorized a contract agreement with the Energy Systems Laboratory (ESL) of the Texas A & M University System, with funding provided by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, to identify and evaluate energy efficiency measures (EEMs) that could be utilized on commercial structures and single family dwellings to assist with improving air quality, reducing energy consumption and improving quality of construction. The following criteria were used to evaluate the EEMs identified in the ESL study:
- The EEM is 15% above current energy code minimum requirements:
- The cost of the EEMs;
- The simple Return on Investment (ROI); and
- The impact on air quality emission
The ESL study identified up to seventeen (17) different Energy Efficiency Measures (EEMs) for various building energy components, i.e. windows, doors, insulation; lighting; HVAC; and domestic hot water heating. Combinations of EEMs were used to deliver the 15% above energy code stringency. The study also examined the relationship of construction cost for the energy efficiency measures, the simple return on investment and the emissions reductions resulting from the applied EEMs.These studies and EEMs are offered to the public for voluntary inclusion in construction and development projects. Read more details.