Innovation

Innovation

Continuing to develop the networks, tools and processes that make sustainability more widespread and available to all citizens is central to New Ecology’s work. We have a history of identifying the trends that our clients will want to understand and evaluate on their projects, inventing the tools to advance the field, and analyzing the results to continually improve performance.

Some of the areas that we have advanced the field include:

  • using data to make the case for efficiency and sustainability, like founding WegoWise and nurturing its development in 2006;
  • perfecting an early-stage design charrette process that has become the standard for integrated design;
  • creating a resiliency audit and peer reviewing enterprise…
  • implementing early stage approaches for large scale solar Power Purchase Agreements and solar Virtual Net Metering;
  • developing a non-proprietary, low cost approach to remote monitoring and optimization of small to medium sized HVAC systems;
  • pioneering innovative ways to analyze the performance of co-generation, ground source heat pumps, and domestic hot water productions systems;
  • developing, with the Connecticut Green Bank, an innovative approach to providing funding and technical assistance for energy efficiency upgrades to affordable housing owners;
  • co-founding the Relay Network of mission-driven providers of energy efficiency services;
  • participating in the development of the best-in-the-nation utility rebate program for affordable multifamily housing;
  • assisting Enterprise Community Partners with the development and updating of the Green Communities rating system;
  • researching and writing in 2005 the first comprehensive look at the costs and benefits of greening affordable housing;
  • forming and managing, with Boston LISC, first in the nation programs to green affordable housing—the Green CDC Network and the Massachusetts Green Retrofit Initiative;
  • co-writing specs for universal design in affordable housing; and
  • advancing the large scale use of actual performance data to calculate utility allowances in affordable housing.

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