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Shreveport Louisiana Retrofit Narrative

  1. 1. Project Narrative Overview The City of Shreveport (COS) is requesting seventy-five million dollars ($75,000,000) in Federal funds under Topic Area 1 to accelerate the implementation of energy efficiency, conservation and renewable energy technologies. The funds will deliver verified energy savings with a particular emphasis on efficiency improvements in residential and public buildings. We aim to achieve broader market participation and greater efficiency savings on building retrofits by highly leveraging funds. The program is designed as a viable pilot building retrofit program that can serve as a comprehensive community-scale energy-efficiency program to be replicated in other communities across the country. The City of Shreveport is located in Northwest Louisiana with strong collaborative partnerships that will make contributions across the state of Louisiana. Our partnerships have leveraged participation and support from businesses, non-profits, higher education, and other governmental entities. The Louisiana Retrofit Ramp-Up program is a pilot program created by the City of Shreveport that will be duplicated in the New Orleans Federal Alliance (NOFA) as well as the following parishes: Caddo, Bienville, Pointe Coupee and St. Tammany. The collaborative efforts of both public and private entities will create and maintain high paying competitive jobs for unemployed, low to moderate income individuals, and veterans. Neighborhoods, in which the residents lack resources, knowledge of available incentives and financing programs will be targeted. Through education and creative financing, our energy program will provide economic stability and yield continuous benefits for generations to come. Prior to the passage of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) in 2009, the City of Shreveport (COS) began visualizing a way to become sustainable and more energy efficient. Through the leadership of their Environmental Affairs Manager of COS Department of Operational Services, Mr. Wes Wyche, the pursuit was launched to devise methods for the area to become more environmentally friendly and energy conscious. A Steering Committee was commissioned to embrace and develop market changing ideas to create jobs, reduce emissions and make COS more energy efficient. As this quest continued with discussion with civic leaders in the community, it was discovered that one group, Community Renewable International, (CRI) had cutting-edge accomplishments in the area of energy efficiency and renewables. CRI began design for the retrofitting of the Petroleum Center (circa 1950’s) as the Center for Community Renewal (CCR) with the goal of converting the structure into a near net zero energy, LEED Platinum Center for Community Renewal (CCR). CRI has enlisted industry partners to collaborate on design / installation of energy efficient systems and also as a research and development center for improving integration of these systems. The CCR is a national training center for replicating the CRI model, an Institute for Community Renewal (includes a think tank, program development, publishing and broadcast) and is designed to house students of the CRI program in an emersion learning experience that includes hands-on learning in the laboratory cities of Shreveport and Bossier City. After the ARRA was passed and U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) allocated COS funding from the Energy Efficiency Community Block Grant (EECBG), the aforementioned plan was able to materialize. COS sought industry leaders knowledgeable in energy programs. Through a growing network of other recipients of EECBG funds, a collaborative effort emerged to create jobs and become more “green”. This network of entities included other parishes throughout the state. Federal City in New Orleans joined the effort with COS to combine their talents to foster economic prosperity and job creation; reduce emissions from fossil fuels; and to continue on the pathway to a clean, secure and sustainable energy future. Federal City offers an approach that could make it a national model for the future configuration and operation of small to mid-sized Department of Defense (DOD) installations, the decommissioning of City of Shreveport Louisiana Retrofit Ramp-Up Program Page 1 of 20
  2. 2. military installations, and large-scale urban development. When fully developed, Federal City is expected to grow from providing nearly 2,000 military jobs (Phase I) to 10,000 federal and civilian jobs in later phases. In addition to these numbers, there will be significant job creation and training during the development phase in the renewable-energy, environmental-sciences and green-building trades. Partnerships with New Orleans institutions including Tulane University and Delgado Community College ensure that these opportunities will be captured for development via permanent, educational curricula. At the core of this strategy are breakthrough standards in sustainable development that will impact and facilitate regional, green-collar, job development. Federal City will be a world-class development that provides unprecedented regional leadership in setting new standards for accomplishment in these diverse areas of concentration. Also at the heart of the project is a focus on investing in the infrastructure, making provision for a green energy grid and a front-end investment in more efficient buildings. When the RETROFIT RAMP-UP PROGRAM was announced, the natural progression of what was already being developed morphed into this proposal. The Recovery Act’s “Retrofit Ramp-Up” program wants to pioneer innovative models for rolling out energy efficiency to hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses in a variety of communities, which is identical to the theme created by the vision of COS and their alignment with Federal City. Project Objectives The Louisiana Retrofit Ramp-Up program is an innovative, "game-changing" program incorporating multiple processes to achieve cost-effective benefits of energy retrofits, reductions in greenhouse gases, and economic impacts on community spending and green job creation. The overall goal is to fundamentally and permanently transform energy markets in a way that make energy efficiency and renewable energy first choice. The City of Shreveport has already created a comprehensive framework for retrofits, energy efficiency and renewable energy. The objectives of the Louisiana Retrofit Ramp-Up program over 6 years are to create 4,926 jobs, maintain 499 jobs, retrofit 78,500 residential buildings, and retrofit 2,120 governmental and public buildings for a total square footage of 97,085,779. Average utilities savings achieved per unit retrofitted is $1,442 at 6 years. In addition, we have projected a 20% reduction in overall energy consumption throughout the City of Shreveport and partnering parishes. The program will simultaneously address the following activities identified in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act 2009: 1. Reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions while retaining the health and comfort levels of the buildings. 2. Retrofitting buildings and enabling large scale programs of ongoing energy-efficiency retrofits on residential and buildings to the highest energy conservation standards. 3. Prioritize energy and/or energy conservation strategies as first in the loading order before investments are made to integrate cost-effective renewables. 4. Provide exceptionally high-quality retrofits resulting in significant efficiency improvements to a large fraction of buildings within targeted neighborhoods. Implement state building codes. 5. Demonstrate the benefits of economy-of-scale and critical-mass through job creation employment options for low to moderate income persons. 6. Provide education and training to community on permanent “green jobs”. Focus the retrofitting in our dilapidated neighborhoods thereby increasing the attraction of the inner cities. 7. Reduce natural resource dependency. 8. Become self-sustaining by selling retrofitted abandoned, adjudicated and blighted homes. These homes will be sold and the proceeds used to make the program self-supporting after the two year funding. City of Shreveport Louisiana Retrofit Ramp-Up Program Page 2 of 20
  3. 3. 9. Revitalize our cities with high paying jobs by retrofitting our cities building stock to revitalize our cities, thus improving the quality of live in our nation. Merit Review Criteria Discussion Topic 1: Criterion 1: Leveraging and Sustainability The Louisiana Retrofit Ramp-Up Program leverages EECBG grant dollars through innovative financial and fiscal tools and strategies. The City of Shreveport received an Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG), in the amount of $1,977,900 from the Department of Energy (DOE). The EECBG funding will be used as leveraging for the Louisiana Retrofit Ramp-Up Program. The COS developed relationships with other governmental agencies and organizations throughout the State of Louisiana to transform energy. The business partnerships with Schneider Electric, Trane, and General Electric increase leverage funds 5:1. By leveraging project savings and other complimenting grants, we expect to easily raise $5 for every dollar of grant funding. Additionally, we will be able to borrow against the guaranteed savings, further magnifying the impact of the grant, creating more economic impact. Potential sources of funding are local banks, state loan programs, Qualified Energy Conservation Bonds, Qualified School Construction Bonds, Utility Rebates, etc. To transform the market on a broad scale requires an effective platform for social change as well as a system of deploying technology and funding improvements to achieve positive environmental and economic changes. (“Community Renewal International (CRI) has developed a new model for building prosperity within poor inner-city neighborhoods. This model focuses on the development of supportive networks of "intentional relationships". The model guides the development of these relationships along the critical dimensions of a healthy community. This new perspective carries profound impacts for the study of economics, as well as public policy for community development, education transformation, economic development, and workforce development. CRI's approach to transforming neighborhood economies creates two broad categories of impacts: reducing social costs and increasing neighborhood wealth.”). Funds invested in education and outreach activities are integral for leveraging each of its proposed projects. The City of Shreveport will develop an array of educational strategies to reach our diverse communities. The Consortium for Education, Research & Technology of North Louisiana (CERT) will play a key coordination role: 1) work with private sector energy efficiency partners to determine specific workforce training needs, 2) allocate Retrofit Ramp-up grant funds to member colleges and universities that commit to customize specific skill training that employer partners require, and 3) collaborate with Community Renewal International and other community nonprofits in recruiting trainees and providing adult learning supports for low-income learners. CERT has a successful track record of flowing grant funds to institutions based on customized projects, as evidenced by a 2003 highly successful National Science Foundation Grant. CERT has begun the process with Storer Trane by identifying the firm's immediate workforce needs, and CERT works with Community Renewal International in establishing its Center for Community Renewal as a replicable neighborhood redevelopment model. The proposed project will create meaningful and sustainable market transformation, particularly after grant monies are exhausted by coordinating efforts in a number of parishes. Each community will have needs from large to small. While additional funds will allow greater impact, we can easily scale up or down the projects to match the grant and leveraged funds. Below is a recap of the leveraged funding: City of Shreveport Louisiana Retrofit Ramp-Up Program Page 3 of 20
  4. 4. Leveraged Funding Performance Contracting $40,000,000 Tax Bonds $50,000,000 Weatherization $15,000,000 PACE $100,000,000 New Orleans Regional Authority $17,000,000 Monetizing Tax Credits $100,000,000 HERO $12,000,000 Revolving Loan Fund $15,000,000 Qualified School Construction Bonds $25,000,000 Qualified Energy Conservation Bonds $25,000,000 Total $399,000,000 Criterion 2: Project Impact The Louisiana Retrofit Ramp-Up program achieves the goal of benefiting from economies of scale and critical mass. We can leverage economies of scale in purchasing and outside contracts to allow further reductions in costs. Filtering our information to rural communities will expand our model for use on their own projects. By addressing buildings in the residential, commercial, and public sectors, we will touch each aspect of the “built” community. Complimented with other programs for community outreach, we will address critical areas that can be modeled for implementation in other cities nationally. An example would be creating greater energy and operational efficiency in a homeless shelter, where the cost savings can be used to fund additional programs, better helping the consumers end the cycle. The program will maximize existing financial programs to pay for energy efficiency retrofits. Financial incentive mechanisms such as the Home Energy Rebate Option (HERO) program, the State’s Weatherization Assistance Program, PACE Bond Program and local energy revolving loan program enables low to moderate income residents to retrofit their homes. PACE provides a beneficial debt obligation that is tied to the property and the owners receiving the energy savings benefits. HERO is a component of the Home Energy Loan Program of the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR). It offers an actual cash rebate payment to Louisiana residents who make an energy efficiency improvement of 30% or more to existing homes. Homeowners within the community will be provided with literature to educate and inform on the programs and its benefits. The Louisiana Retrofit Ramp-Up Program has considered the quantitative impact in terms of energy saved and emissions avoided. The Louisiana Retrofit Ramp-Up Program reasonably project the following number of buildings retrofitted and the out years: year 1: 105 buildings and 1,000 residents, year 2: 265 buildings and 2,500 residents, year 3: 530 buildings and 5,000 residents, year 4: 580 buildings and 10,000 residents, year 5: 640 buildings and 20,000 residents, year 6 700 buildings and 40,000 residents. The Louisiana Retrofit Ramp-Up Program reasonably projects an average utility savings of $9,484,434 on the first year, $18,968,868 on the second year and $47,422,170 on the third year, assuming a $.08 saving rate. (See Impact Table in Appendix G.) City of Shreveport Louisiana Retrofit Ramp-Up Program Page 4 of 20
  5. 5. The program can be adopted or replicated by other communities using the CRI Model. The CRI social technology provides the platform of change for deploying the retrofit program as part of a comprehensive transformational system that serves the full socio-economic spectrum of communities. CRI is part of the Clinton Global Initiative and has replication sites in the United States and Africa. The CRI model of intentionally and systematically growing the relational foundation of sustainable communities is unique in the world. The University of Oklahoma and the Justice Department are working with CRI in evaluating the model in recognition of its importance to community resilience. TCU, University of Texas, Hardin Simmons, and CERT institutions are working with CRI in curriculum development and applications. CRI has a scale-up plan ready to implement. This plan scales the CRI platform from success at neighborhood pilot levels to metropolitan area scale as a full demonstration for transforming an entire city. Funding is needed to accelerate this scale-up program. The results of city scale deployment of the model are more complete outcome metrics of transforming an entire city that will lead to faster replication across the United States. Criterion 3: Project Approach The project’s management strategy includes outreach/marketing strategy, the funding structure, the implementation/delivery plan, the monitoring/verification plan and the strategy for feedback and continuous improvement of the program during its operation. Wes Wyche, Environmental Affairs Manager of COS Department of Operational Services, will serve as the Principal Investigator over the Louisiana Retrofit Ramp-Up Program. (Refer to the attached resume.) The management team has years of practical in-field experience delivering programs that generate substantial energy savings. This experience has enabled the development of systems and processes that can be replicated to expand services within our current geographic footprint, as well as new regions of the country. This proposal also builds on the Shreveport Energy Efficiency and Conservation Strategy (EECS) and coordinates with the Shreveport Comprehensive Energy Efficiency and Conservation Plan (CEECP) process that changes the entire community through an engagement method of “strategic doing” and alignment of regional higher education to support innovation and green workforce development. The basic components of the Shreveport Region portion of the Louisiana Retrofit Ramp-up proposal are: 1) Implement regional collaborative strategies to overcome the barriers to energy market transformation that will result in broader market participation and greater efficiency from retrofits. Local and regional innovation assets (CRI and CERT) provide an open network of resources that can transform the region in a manner that can be replicated across the U.S. These assets along with the consultants and companies and the cooperative government entities associated with this proposal have structure a flexible system that can transform the energy market on a broad scale. The following is an overview of how we will overcome barriers: a. Access to Information – CRI (Community Renewal International), CERT (Consortium of 12 regional higher education institutions) will guide the structuring and implementation of CRI, CERT and prime consultant team resources in collaborating with government and private business to assemble and distribute straightforward and reliable information to show the “how to” and benefits of energy retrofits. Distribution of information will occur through regional marketing collaborations including web based strategies and through the relational networks of Community Renewal. CRI provides a platform for distributing information and training on a neighborhood level, block level and community wide basis. The Comprehensive Energy Efficiency and Conservation Plan (CEECP) process of “strategic doing” will organize the community into working groups that will become an important part of the information network that transforms the regional energy market. This open network process of innovation will be supported by Ed Morrison and the Purdue Center for Regional Development that has successfully City of Shreveport Louisiana Retrofit Ramp-Up Program Page 5 of 20
  6. 6. demonstrated the effectiveness of the “strategic doing” method through the U.S. Department of Labor’s WIRED program. Included in this is the working tool of a web 2.0 platform developed by Near-Time that has been successfully used in developing the Shreveport EECS and for the CCR. The expertise of the management team in Building Sciences as well as managing and delivering Energy Efficiency plans is an important role in growing the capacity of the region. b. Access to Financing –Local and regional financial institutions will guide the process of implementing financing and incentive programs such as a local revolving loan program, expansion of the state revolving loan program, PACE, Energy Efficient Mortgages, bond programs, tax credit strategies and others. Working with other members of the consultant team reliable information on effective financing strategies will be used to show public and private building owners the benefits of growing the market for energy efficiency and renewable energy. c. Access to Skilled Workforce – CRI, CERT, and industry partners will provide the platform for training the regional workforce with a replicable model of growing and sustaining communities socially, economically, environmentally and culturally. Training programs will grow across the North Louisiana region through CERT. CRI is training a workforce for a new industry that will include in the skill set knowledge of energy market transformation. CERT will arrange cooperative agreements or MOU’s with best practice programs around the country that are identified by the federal government interagency task force and adapt those programs to our region using the resources of the 12 higher education institutions of the region. This is consistent with the alignment strategy for higher education described in the Shreveport EECS. The structure of our retrofit proposal will accelerate the movement to achieve national standards for certifications and training for energy efficiency and renewable energy. 2) Complete design and pilot retrofit program for an existing Brownfields building in the historic business district as the Center of Community Renewal (CCR). Community Renewal International (CRI) owns a Brownfields high rise building that has with assistance from the EPA and the City of Shreveport revolving loan program been fully abated. This building, located in the heart of the historic central business district, is a pilot building retrofit program and national training center. Retrofits and renewable energy are also components of training programs for the replicable CRI social technology. The CCR pilot retrofit program demonstrates the benefits of gaining economy of scale in the commercial sector. The CCR pilot project will, along with the retrofit of government buildings, transform the regional commercial and governmental energy market. CCR is a training center for renewing communities – socially, economically and environmentally. Industry Partners involved in shaping demonstration projects around renewable energy (e.g., the CCR renewable energy hybrid model for southern climate), conservation, systems integration, smart grid and other sustainable strategies to achieve LEED platinum, zero net energy and carbon neutral. Additionally, goals and strategies will be established for CCR to meet the targets established by recent executive order for Federal LEEEP (Leadership in Environmental, Energy, and Economic Performance) standards. The building pilot retrofit is a tool in training a new workforce / industry in the CRI replicable social technology of renewing communities that will include training in “whole neighborhood” energy retrofits. It is also a training tool for the operations and systems integration of commercial scale buildings. CCR was a Brownfield site cleaned through a successful training program innovation (partners included CRI, SUSLA, COS, EPA, Altec Environmental). Energy training and program development will include academic partners through CERT (a consortium of 12 higher education institutions), Industry partners (e.g., Trane, Hubbell, Sloan, Eliptipar, Cisco, Knoll, and others), and replication partners (best practice programs identified by the Federal interagency Energy Retrofit Working Group – DOE, HUD, USDA, DOL, EPA, Education) that can be deployed on a regional basis through CERT institutions and CRI’s CCR. Industry Partners involved in shaping design and City of Shreveport Louisiana Retrofit Ramp-Up Program Page 6 of 20
  7. 7. demonstration features plan a long term relationship with CRI in monitoring / evaluation of technologies and in ongoing program training development. Leveraging for the pilot project includes a tax credit strategy that uses energy tax credits and incentives; Historic Preservation tax credits and New Market Tax Credits. Additionally, CCR is the training location for a new industry that transforms the relational foundation of communities by deploying the replicable CRI social technology model. 3) Audit and Retrofit regional Governmental and Higher Education Buildings to achieve a minimum 20% energy savings. The energy savings will leverage financing and tax credits. Additionally the retrofit energy savings will leverage funds for a CERT Sustainability Trust (CST) that will support ongoing transformation of the North Louisiana Region. The CERT Sustainability TRUST (CST) leverages the relationships of its member institutions to advance Energy Conservation through Education by creating a perpetual energy conservation plant on each member campus. This EECS reduces energy consumption and operational costs, provides facility asset renewal, integrates education with EECS curriculum, creates new jobs and economic investment, provides workforce development and social development and is a sustainable economic engine for each campus. The CST overcomes traditional barriers of State Procurement by partnering with the State of Louisiana Department of Natural Resources and with the State Office of Facility Planning and Control to retrofit State Education and Government buildings within the context of this Retrofit Ramp-up Plan. The CST model combines energy control systems, efficient HVAC equipment and building sustainability services to provide a comprehensive approach to the way our buildings work. This approach includes facility assessments, equipment capitalization, life-cycle cost analyses and system optimization measures. It provides jobs with onsite support and continuous commissioning services that are measured, verified and reported on a web based monitoring system that can be displayed publicly to demonstrate performance and results. This approach to building sustainability ensures that member plant & equipment will work reliably and efficiently to provide energy savings over time. By improving efficiency through systems and service in buildings, CST members will reduce life cycle and operating costs based on actual performance measures. The self funding characteristics of these retrofits overcome the barrier of limited funding by linking and leveraging DOE Retrofit Ramp-up funding program. It is estimated that CST model for Building Energy Retrofit Services will deliver over $25M in energy savings in the 10-yr period following implementation. Leveraging these savings into facility improvements and asset renewal overcomes first cost barriers of facility renewal and reduced deferred maintenance. These savings also translate into nearly 400 million pounds in reduced atmospheric carbon emissions using improved HVAC Energy Efficiencies to create High Performance Buildings for the higher education campuses serving North Louisiana. The CST Model will also operate within the guidelines of Statutory Law relative to procurement of retrofit and energy retrofit services. Funds from this grant will assist in addressing these barriers of state fiscal requirements. 4) Audit and Retrofit Residential properties using a “whole neighborhood” approach. The comprehensive approach to reducing market barriers to retrofits will be in place 6 months after City of Shreveport Louisiana Retrofit Ramp-Up Program Page 7 of 20
  8. 8. award. The residential audit / retrofit program will begin at that time. The platform for this program will involve partnership work with CRI, the Fuller Center for Housing, City of Shreveport, CERT Sustainability Trust, and Purdue Center for Regional Development, MHSM and private sector businesses including start-up companies supported by the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Business Incubator initiated by EECS funding. The strategy is to deploy auditing and retrofit projects in focused neighborhoods where CRI is working and to leverage weatherization and other incentive programs in these neighborhoods. Additionally with the assistance of the City through the Community Development Department utilize a comprehensive framework strategy to leverage the work of private non-profits like the Fuller Center for Housing to attract private investment, business creation and employment opportunities to low income communities. The partnerships that will be shaped through this process will allow for more comprehensive strategies for neighborhood scale energy efficiency and alternative energy solutions and quality place considerations that transform the neighborhood socially, economically, environmentally and culturally. Workshops, Training, and Education The city will develop an array of education and outreach strategies to reach our diverse communities. Our education and outreach project is primarily composed of the following: (1) the establishment of a web based information clearing house to serve as a portal for energy efficiency/conservation information and program access. This site will also be an access point for the "strategic doing" groups and their initiatives. (2) The city will employ a cooperative strategy using local utilities, media, Consortium for Education Research and Technology (CERT) and others to educate the public about existing and newly created energy efficiency programs (e.g., PACE, HERO, and weatherization). (3) A partnership with a unique outreach program will demonstrate projects for K-12 Energy, Education Camps, which includes the participation of 7 parishes, 2 private companies, energy companies, and 2 higher education institutions coordinated by CERT. Initially, 4-one week camps will be conducted on energy systems including renewable energy and conservation practices. Program growth is projected for 10 parishes over 3 years to include 8 camps and grow from 80 initial students to 150. The energy camp demonstration project is replicable and scalable. The energy camp collaboration of public and private partners that currently includes CERT, Bossier Parish Community College (BPCC), Southern University at Louisiana (SUSLA), City of Shreveport, K- 12 from seven parishes, EnCana and Shell Oil provides an open and transparent system. The success of the energy camp program will include short term metrics (i.e., growth in participation of students numbers, growth in number of parishes participating, and growth in number of sponsors / participating organizations) and longer term metrics of growth in education and employment for energy systems, including renewable and conservation. Commercial Buildings and Audits The City of Shreveport, under a performance contract in 2004, audited its public buildings and performed energy efficiency retrofits that over a 4-year period resulted in $500,000 in savings, a reduction of 200,000 kwH/mo.o., and a drop in peak demand and 54 million fewer pounds of GHG emissions. Due to progress in building energy efficiency technologies, additional energy savings could be realized from improvements or measures not available in 2004. COS proposes to re-audit its public buildings and facilities with the goal of further reducing energy usage by 20%. The updated audit will provide a new baseline of energy use and a retrofit strategy to achieve this energy use reduction. Building Retrofits: Shreveport will develop proposed retrofit improvement projects contingent on the availability of public building audits, energy and green house gas emission savings, cost, timing, phasing, and the implementation process. COS will allocate funds from the sale of Clean Renewable Energy Bonds and/or Qualified Energy Conservation Bonds to retrofit public buildings. City of Shreveport Louisiana Retrofit Ramp-Up Program Page 8 of 20
  9. 9. Baseline energy use for the buildings to be retrofitted will be developed from the energy audits. As the retrofits are put into use, the energy savings will be documented and published on a regular basis. Policies are outlined to document residential retrofits and energy conservation. In addition, energy saved per system will be documented and distributed via the COS's energy efficiency website and through local media. Approach for Commercial Energy Audits There are only two ways to save money on utilities (energy and water) - pay less or use less. The help with both. Our two-pronged approach is highly effective. Both sides of the meter are observed to discover and implement cost-effective energy savings opportunities. This service consists of two elements: Utility Rates Analysis to pay less and Energy Audits to use less. The utility rates and bills are analyzed to find lower prices for energy through better rates. In addition, a complete understanding of the complexities of a client’s rate tariff means that the most on-target, most effective Energy Conservation Measures will be found in the physical audit surveys of existing facilities are used to identify the most cost-effective and practical energy retrofit opportunities. The facility is examined, existing drawings and specs are reviewed, study previous energy reports or ongoing energy programs are studied, collect and analyze up to 36-months of utility bills be collected and analyzed, and building operating personnel and occupants are interviewed. Coupled with the utility rates analysis, this identifies achievable and realistic energy projects that can be implemented to save energy and meet energy reduction goals. American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, has used and will use the procedure outlined in the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) publication titled, "Procedures for Commercial Building Energy Audits" to create a customized energy audit implementation plan is used as procedure guidelines. During the detailed energy analysis, the Project Implementation Team reviews the project requirements and determines if the previously developed schedule is appropriate. Next, the team visits the sites to collect all additional information needed to complete the design of the retrofits, and, if necessary, makes modifications to the design with the agreement of the client. The implementation phase will begin as soon as the client approves the final project and the necessary financing is in place. As soon as possible, the construction manager, who serves as main point of contact during the construction phase of each project, provides the client with an estimated schedule for the project and develops a schedule with the customer personnel for regular progress meetings. The implementation period for the project is estimated which is dependent upon the number and type of conservation measures to be installed in each facility. Interim inspections will be made to ensure that work conforms to the specifications, acceptability of work quality, percent of total project completion, and what payment amount is justified. Performance Contracting When providing performance contracting services, Schneider Electric will operate as a general contractor to sub-contract with professional firms licensed in Louisiana; i.e. engineering, electrical, mechanical equipment installation, etc. The work will be submitted for public bidding for local contractors with preference for HUBs/MWBEs. Measurement & Verification Schneider Electric is one of the few companies to maintain a department whose sole responsibility is the measurement and verification of savings, accessed through our eSavings Website. The measurement and verification department is called Performance Assurance Support Services (PASS), which assures enduring performance and offers support services. It also facilities improvement in environmental control/reporting and acts as an ongoing support system to quickly correct any system issues. PASS City of Shreveport Louisiana Retrofit Ramp-Up Program Page 9 of 20
  10. 10. support is available 24/7 along with the eSavings website, with the client receiving additional quarterly reports identifying energy savings, environment impact, system point reviews, and other client requested variables. When measuring and verifying savings after our projects are implemented, PASS adheres to the International Performance Measurement and Verification Protocol (IPMVP). The IPMVP is an industry standard with guidelines for baseline energy usage determination and post-project energy savings verification. The commitment to the IPMVP standard ensures the customer that savings calculation and verification will be repeatable and verifiable. The major components to delivering enduring performance are:  Performance and Energy Management Manager assigned to each project  Building Automation System (BAS) design, systems operation and client interface  Commissioning and optimization of installed systems  Measurement and Verification (M&V) of Energy Conservation Measures (ECM’s)  Metering of isolated energy usage to drive continuous prioritized target based improvement and web-based visibility of continuous optimized proven performance  Training programs designed to sustain ECM’s and raise energy awareness  Responsive remote support services designed to assist client staff with operations and maintenance of the installed ECM’s and provide continuous training  Proactive remote automation system review and communications to maintain system integrity and savings performance  Energy Remote Monitoring (ERM) - where it makes sense to track actual consumption at the meter and link that information with accounting systems.  Regular meetings to communicate project performance, collaborate with client to align efforts to drive continuous improvement and identify additional opportunities  Scheduled on-site system performance and maintenance review The preliminary summary of PASS services with recommended frequency: Implementation Collaboration for alignment of project intent, BAS Design, Commissioning Period and BAS Optimization, Personalized O&M Training, M&V, System Review as ECM’s are installed, Energy Awareness Training Final Review Final verification of project completion, documentation, formal customized training and review of requirements and responsibilities to sustain project performance Guarantee Regularly receive utility bills to continuously track project savings. This Period ensures sustainable savings and can provide early identification for problems. Savings reported through eSavings website As Required Remote Support and Training, Onsite Service/Support Monthly Remote System Review and Report (updated on website) Quarterly Client Meeting, On-site Performance and Maintenance Review, M&V Report (updated on website), Training Annually Comprehensive M&V Report, Annual Reconciliation Meeting, Coordination and Planning for next 12 months As Required Additional fee based services (BAS service, additional energy auditing, customized BAS modifications, energy consulting, customized performance reporting and rate analysis, calculation of energy impact from changes) Residential Buildings and Audits City of Shreveport Louisiana Retrofit Ramp-Up Program Page 10 of 20
  11. 11. Green Coast Enterprises will team with industry leaders in the residential retrofit field and will serve as the lead contractor on this project, overseeing the delivery of energy retrofits in homes. Through these efforts we will target at least 7,500 residential units over 3 years. Those retrofit projects will also expand opportunities available for minority and women-owned contractors interested in energy efficiency work, expand training opportunities for contractors and out of school youth looking to work in green economy sectors, and create at least 200 new full-time positions. One of the residential retrofits areas will be targeted in specific Green Renew Zones already established by the Salvation Army under their EnviRenew program. The Shreveport, Baton Rouge Federal City and other parish projects will utilize a similar Green Renew Zone approach, identifying targeted neighborhoods where services can make a significant impact and piggy-backing those efforts with community renewal programs already underway. These Green Renew Zones will become models for other partner communities to create copycat programs utilizing the state’s Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) District Legislation. Earlier in 2009, Louisiana became the first state in the country to pass state-wide enabling legislation for PACE districts. These districts, referred to as renewable energy financing districts in Louisiana, have to be created by municipalities and connected with available bond financing. The effort would be structured to show the benefits of such a district to municipalities, and to provide on the ground examples of how such a district can be managed, helping to connect projects to financing. The Air Conditioning Optimization program will cost-effectively improve the operating efficiency and/or effective capacity of residential AC systems. Using proven advanced methodology, but standard tools, technicians will be trained to diagnose a system, including measuring the operating EER and effective capacity. The technician then discusses the findings with the customer and recommends a course of action. One recommendation may be for early retirement and replacement with an above code system. Or, it may involve simple optimization steps at no additional cost to the customer, but may also include more major repairs. Local HVAC professionals will be hired to serve as management’s Technical Trainer and QC Specialist. These individuals would be responsible for the initial training of contractor personnel as well as follow up training that is essential to maintaining a high standard of work throughout the program. Having a local resource available to provide training and/or technical assistance to participating contractors when they need it will be essential to the expansion of the program and to increase overall quality. Industry partners in this program will be asked to develop discount pricing for replacement equipment since a substantial number of units are likely to be purchased through this program, and some of those partners have already made such an offer. Bulk pricing of HVAC equipment to reduce the burden on consumers will increase the likelihood that substandard, expensive systems will be replaced. Management Strategy Management and coordination team: A "design team" of key representatives of Louisiana Retrofit Ramp- up partners have crafted this proposal and will coordinate the project components as they develop along parallel paths. Team members and their respective leadership roles include: 1) Wes Wyche, City of Shreveport, lead partner, Principal Investigator and team leader; 2) Bruce Hoffman, Gulf GeoExchange, coordinator of North Louisiana and South Louisiana project components and liaison with private sector partners; 3) Kim Mitchell, project liaison for Community Renewal International and other nonprofit partners, and facilitator of "strategic doing" process for City of Shreveport's Energy Efficiency and Conservation Strategy (EECS); 4) Patti Trudell, CERT, facilitator of education, outreach and workforce development activities for the project; and 5) Rachel McGee-Johnson of Chronicles of Numbers, LLC, communications and resource development coordinator. 6) Christophor Faust, leader of NOFA (New Orleans Federal Alliance) efforts in New Orleans. City of Shreveport Louisiana Retrofit Ramp-Up Program Page 11 of 20
  12. 12. The design team has met in numerous strategy sessions at MHSM Architects, 333 Texas Street in Shreveport, and with South Louisiana partners via conference calls. The team will meet bimonthly to guide implementation and continuous improvement of the Retrofit Ramp-up project. The Louisiana Retrofit Ramp-Up Residential Program is to be managed through staff in offices in Shreveport, New Orleans and other satellite offices. Since this project greatly expands on work under way by Green Coast, current standards will be reviewed, qualification standards for audits and contracting will be established and certification training provided as needed. Energy auditors will be recruited from programs ongoing locally including CERT members, Delgado Community College and the Alliance for Affordable Energy. Contractors will be solicited through Goodwork Network. A substantial proportion of buildings will be accessed through networks previously established. Program marketing will complement other aspects of the Louisiana Retrofit Ramp-Up as appropriate in the program areas addressed: East Baton Rouge Parish, Shreveport and the New Orleans region. The Contact Center will fulfill a range of responsibilities as described below. An administrative data system will be customized to allow for appointments, incentive management and program reporting. Funding Structure The residential program would create a revolving loan fund to add a new financing tool to support the delivery of energy-efficiency services. This financing tool will be used for two reasons: 1) It is rapidly deployable and can be easily paired with other tools that are being developed (such as PACE and utility-based financing programs) to make financing more widely available. 2) The financing program can be used to target services to a population that is currently left out of available funding opportunities. If you earn less than 200% of poverty in Louisiana, you can currently have your home weatherized through the state’s Weatherization Assistance Program, and if you have strong credit, you can access weatherization assistance financing through a home equity loan or similar consumer banking program. This financing program would be established to deliberately target property owners earning more than 200% of poverty with B credit ratings. Because of the personal upheaval that happened in Louisiana after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005, and Gustav in 2007, many moderate income homeowners in Louisiana fall into this credit challenged group. In order to service this credit challenged community, a very conservative approach will be taken to reserve financing and repayment. Twenty percent of the revolving loan fund will be set aside as loan loss reserves ($3.5 million), and the program will be structured so that rebates and incentives available to customers come back directly to the lender rather than the borrower. This will mean that within a few months of paying for service delivery, the lender will receive about 30% of loaned capital back into the fund (utilizing the state’s HERO program), and the borrower will only need to repay 70% of the capital amount on a long-term basis. The loans are planned to be amortized on a 10-year note and by focusing on energy efficiency measures with 7-year payback or better, our borrowers should see a net savings between the utility charges they avoid and the payment for financing. This savings will be even greater as a result of the buyer only needing to finance 70% of the total capital cost over the long-term. In addition, a revolving loan program is a relatively simple structure to establish. Once funds are available, we should be able to deploy capital within 60 days, likely even faster. And a revolving loan fund is flexible enough to administer that it can be paired with other forms of financing quite readily. For example, the PACE financing program, which proponents hope to have operational by January 2011, could be used as lower-rate takeout financing by revolving loan fund borrowers. City of Shreveport Louisiana Retrofit Ramp-Up Program Page 12 of 20
  13. 13. Outreach/Marketing to major partners has yielded a volume of eligible properties that are readily accessible to program auditors and contractors by virtue of their aggregation and oversight and/or management by sponsoring partners. Development and implementation of a marketing strategy will call upon the experience and first-hand observations by nonprofit partners including those already delivering retrofit programs in this region and the corporate capabilities of the management’s seasoned energy efficiency marketing professionals under the direction of CERT. Supporting the marketing strategy is the Customer Contact Center. A well-designed customer contact center process workflow is another key program design component as it relates to the consumer interface with the program. The customer contact center is more than just a call center and can provide crucial consumer intake and referral functions, as well as complaint resolution, rebate inquiries, and other important program functions that must be defined during the program design phase. Implementation The program would focus on high impact efficiency measures intended to reduce in-home utility usage by at least 30% and to have an unsubsidized payback of less than 7 years. The management’s field analyses of more than two dozen homes in the New Orleans area reveal common physical and performance issues that direct retrofit effort toward areas of greatest need and impact. The experiences of Green Coast Enterprises performing retrofits in the New Orleans area will be utilized to determine highest impact measures for this climate zone. Marketing, client in-take, program auditing, and reporting by the management team. Green Coast Enterprises will manage the work performed in the home, coordinating the team to perform an initial audit and develop a unique scope for each home, to issue work orders to the retrofit team, to provide quality control on the work as completed, and to complete a final test out. All information on work completed, work orders, program communication, etc. will be stored in a web-based data system that will allow password-protected remote access and provide a photographic record of work complete. Monitoring and Verification Every home will have a pre-test to model current energy usage and a post-test after the retrofit was done to predict occupant savings. These pre- and post-tests will be done with management’s software, which focuses in on the most critical factors while reducing the cost of a full-blown HERS rating. In addition, the program would utilize an energy tracking software. This software assembles actual usage information from utility companies and graphically displays it so one can track actual building performance before and after the retrofit or against other similar buildings included in the database. These two data sources will be used to help further develop PACE financing mechanisms throughout the state and show strong payback for measures included in the retrofits despite any variation in occupant behavior. Feedback and Continuous Improvement The program will conduct reviews after 100 retrofits, 500 retrofits, and every 500 retrofits thereafter to ensure that the program is meeting and exceeding its goals and that any problems arising in program delivery are being addressed and resolved. Job Training and Job Creation The residential retrofit project of the Louisiana Retrofit Ramp-Up Program will be piggybacking on already successful efforts underway in Shreveport, New Orleans and Baton Rouge. These efforts include a job training component that matches out of school youth who are given hands-on energy efficiency training through Louisiana Green Corps with minority and women-owned contractors who are working with Goodwork Network to expand their capacity, access to capital, and receive back office services to support small contractors. In combination, this job training and job creation effort will ensure that not City of Shreveport Louisiana Retrofit Ramp-Up Program Page 13 of 20
  14. 14. only does this program create new jobs, but it creates those jobs within existing DBEs who have sought out support from a leading provider of business development services in order to grow their business. And it connects those companies with well trained urban youth who have expressed an interest and aptitude for moving in to the green economy. In addition, it does all of this within a case management framework that helps these youth build soft skills and their educational background so they can become successful over the long-term and not just in this initial job. Leveraging Existing Efforts The residential retrofit project of the Louisiana Retrofit Ramp-Up Program is intended to leverage up already operational retrofit efforts, and to connect those efforts to ongoing sources of revenue and support. In New Orleans, the program will piggyback on the Salvation Army’s existing EnviRenew program, carrying out 100-200 retrofits in each of the EnviRenew Green Renew Zones. The Salvation Army has already committed to funding the following in each of the Green Renew Zones:  25 grants of $75,000 to support the creation of new energy efficient homes that include solar thermal systems,  25 solar thermal systems to be installed on weatherized homes,  25 home weatherization for existing low-income homeowners, and  25 eco-baskets that are low-cost DIY items that can reduce utility usage. The initial marketing would piggyback on those efforts, extending the retrofit services to another 100-200 residents in each neighborhood. Of the five Green Renew Zones to be identified, two are already selected. The first is in the Algiers-Riverview Neighborhood, immediately adjacent to the Building Block project in Federal City. The second is in the Broadmoor neighborhood, immediately adjacent to the Building Block project at Washington and Broad. The Green Renew Zones will be drawn to include both the Federal City Development and the Washington and Broad development. In addition, the first two Green Renew Zones both include new schools that are being opened as part of the Recovery School District’s Quick Start Program and community-based medical clinics that are planned to be opened by 2011. Partnership Structure and Capabilities As Residential Program Administrator, the management’s strengths come from more than two decades’ experience delivering large-scale turnkey energy efficiency programs especially targeting the residential sector to utilities and public agencies. This experience includes program design, training, field delivery, marketing, customer contact centers, quality assurance, program management software, contractor management, accurate reporting, reliable results and high quality customer service in all aspects of our program delivery. The strengths also include the management of trade allies, partners and sub-contractors in our program delivery services. Green Coast Enterprises develops real estate and performs a continuum of real estate services focused on urban areas in need of community renewal located in the southeastern United States, with a special focus on coastal areas threatened by climate change. The projects are profitable, and they result in economically vital, environmentally superior spaces that are healthy and exciting for their users. Green Coast has been the lead contractor for 125 energy retrofits funded by the Salvation Army’s EnviRenew program, delivering those services in a 6-parish area around New Orleans. Codes and Inspections Upgrading to the most current Energy Efficient building codes will ensure that all new buildings constructed, renovated, or modified, reduce energy and GHG emissions. The cities and parishes in the Louisiana Retrofit Ramp-Up Program propose to upgrade their current building code by adopting the Louisiana Energy Efficiency Building Code. To implement and enforce the new code, the following actions are proposed: (1) provide advanced training for the inspectors on the new Energy Efficiency City of Shreveport Louisiana Retrofit Ramp-Up Program Page 14 of 20
  15. 15. Building Code and current practices in the field; (2) cover the costs of training for city inspectors to become Home Energy Rebate Option (HERO) Energy Raters in order to facilitate/expedite the HERO program; (3) upgrade code books, permitting forms, and enforcement tools, including their public distribution; and (4) acquire Energy Efficiency permitting software. The program will facilitate seminars for contractors and others to instruct them on the new code requirements, including examples to demonstrate the purposes for the new code, a timetable for enforcement and the penalties for violation of the new code. The new Energy Efficiency Building Code will be published and publicized so that residents, businesses and development community are aware of the new codes. Inspections and enforcement of codes will be done to ensure compliance issues are immediately addressed and corrected. The Louisiana Retrofit Ramp-Up Program demonstrates a plan to address all environmental, health and safety, permitting, and compliance issues, sufficient to support DOE's review and analysis in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). (Refer to appendix C.) Below is the proposed timeline and milestone for Louisiana Retrofit Ramp-Up Program: May-10 May-11 May-12 Nov-10 Dec-10 Nov-11 Dec-11 Aug-10 Sep-10 Aug-11 Sep-11 Feb-11 Mar-11 Feb-12 Mar-12 Jun-10 Jan-11 Jun-11 Jan-12 Jun-12 Oct-10 Oct-11 Apr-10 Apr-10 Apr-10 Apr-10 Apr-11 Apr-12 Jul-10 Jul-11 Phase Task Grant Review and Approval 1 1 1 1 Phase 1 Design - Shreveport and CERT Site Audit / Discovery 1 1 1 Systems Engineering 1 1 1 Bid Documents 1 1 Baseline Models & Savings 1 1 1 Measurement & Verification Plan 1 Client Scope Review 1 Construction Contract Approval 1 1 1 Phase 1 Construction Submittal 1 1 1 Order equipment 1 1 1 1 1 Installation 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 Owner Acceptance 1 1 Phase 1 Measurement & Verification 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 Phase 2 Design - New Orleans & Southern University BR Site Audit / Discovery 1 1 1 Conceptual Systems Engineering 1 1 1 Client Scoping Meeting 1 1 Systems Engineering 1 1 Bid Documents 1 1 Baseline Models & Savings 1 1 1 Measurement & Verification Plan 1 Client Scope Review 1 Construction Contract Approval 1 Phase 2 Construction Construction Drawings 1 1 1 Submittal 1 1 1 Order equipment 1 1 1 Installation 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 Owner Acceptance Phase 2 Measurement & Verification Phase 3 Design - State-wide Site Audit / Discovery 1 1 Conceptual Systems Engineering 1 1 1 Client Scoping Meeting 1 1 Systems Engineering 1 1 Bid Documents 1 1 Baseline Models & Savings 1 1 Measurement & Verification Plan 1 Client Scope Review 1 Construction Contract Approval 1 Phase 3 Construction Construction Drawings 1 1 Submittal 1 1 Order equipment 1 1 Installation 1 1 1 1 Owner Acceptance Phase 3 Measurement & Verification Phase 4 Design - Clean up Projects Site Audit / Discovery 1 1 1 Conceptual Systems Engineering 1 1 1 Client Scoping Meeting City of Shreveport 1 1 Systems Engineering 1 1 Bid Documents Louisiana Retrofit Ramp-Up Program 1 1 Baseline Models & Savings Page 15 of 20 1 1 1 Measurement & Verification Plan 1 Client Scope Review 1 Construction Contract Approval Phase 4 Construction
  16. 16. Criterion 4: Partnership Structure and Capabilities The Louisiana Retrofit Ramp-Up Program includes a broad range of entities/organizations representing government agencies, private sector entities, and other organizations. Partnerships are essential to the success of the Louisiana Retrofit Ramp-Up program. The City of Shreveport has partnered with New Orleans Federal Alliance (NOFA), Schneider Electric, and Consortium for Education, Research and Technology (CERT), Community Renewal International (CRI), Southern University – Baton Rouge, Gulf GeoExchange Consulting and Services, Morgan Hill Mitchell & Sutton Architects, Chronicles of Numbers, LLC, Caddo Parish, Bienville Parish, St. Tammany Parish, Pointe Coupee Parish and Department of Natural Resources (DNR). CERT members, including chancellors and presidents of member institutions, are working with Kim Mitchell and MHSM, Community Renewal International and economic development partner Ed Morrison, using a "strategic doing" process to grow community capacity. This Louisiana Retrofit Ramp- up project provides an ideal platform for CERT colleges and universities to combine their communication resources and inform their community members about the benefits of energy audits, retrofits, and the availability of financing for energy efficiency. Utilizing Community Renewal International (CRI) social technology to transform communities- CRI provides a platform for distributing information, train on a neighborhood, block and community wide basis. CRI created an innovative, successful training program that was used on the CRI building as a Brownfield site for lead and asbestos abatement. Partners on the Brownfield project included CRI, Southern University at Shreveport, City of Shreveport, Environmental Protection Agency, and Altec Environmental. Replication of this proven platform to retrofit residential, public and governmental buildings benefit economy-of-scale and critical-mass. CCR as a training center for renewing communities - socially, economically and environmentally. Industry Partners involved in shaping demonstration projects around renewable energy (hybrid model for southern climate), conservation, systems integration, smart grid. to achieve LEED platinum, zero net energy and carbon neutral. The building to become a tool in training a new workforce / industry in the CRI replicable social technology of renewing communities (part of the Clinton Global Initiative) that will includes training in "whole neighborhood" energy retrofits. Energy training developed with academic partners through CERT (a consortium of 12 higher education institutions), Industry partners (e.g., Trane, Hubbell, Sloan, Eliptipar, Cisco, Knoll, and others), and replication partners (best practice programs identified by the Federal interagency Energy Retrofit Working Group - DOE, HUD, USDA, DOL, EPA, Education) that can be deployed on a regional basis through CERT institutions and the CRI CCR. By targeting educational institutions, learning labs will be created where students and staff will be able to implement the ideas in their own homes. Benefits from this grant will be extended to state offices like the Department of Natural Resources and the Office of Facility Planning and Control. New Orleans Federal Alliance The New Orleans Federal Alliance and Southern University will be sub-awardees to the City of Shreveport Louisiana Retrofit Ramp-Up Program. In the process, the program will create a growing base of workforce development in green industry and establish cost-effective sustainable, building performance standards. Two separate deployments of the LA LEEEP (Leadership in Environmental, Energy and Economic Performance will occur: one in Shreveport and one in New Orleans; they will share a revolving loan fund (RLF). City of Shreveport Louisiana Retrofit Ramp-Up Program Page 16 of 20
  17. 17. Funds obtained from this grant will be used to pay for combining existing programs and isolated redevelopment efforts into a cohesive enduring retrofit program targeted at underutilized, yet abundant State/City/Non-Profit resources, and the crime and socioeconomic decline that it enjoins. In brief, each LA LEEEP deployment includes five principal steps: 1. Achieve broad community-based consensus that large scale retrofitting of existing building with modern knowledge, advanced materials and technology and an invigorated marketplace, is a critical unmet need, and one the most effective way to achieve immediate job growth that results in enduring long-term energy reductions and cost saving for the energy industry and the customers it serves. 2. Adopt a “High Standard” La LEEEP, chosen to precisely extend the Federal LEEEP sustainability standard (of an October 5, 2009 Executive Order), to various building types and locales. 3. Create a first-stop training center to ensure program participant diversity and provide extraordinary access to this “job-creation mechanism” that will train existing contractors, building officials and low-income and very low income people, as well as veterans, unemployed and underemployed workers, and others to retrofit buildings to La LEEEP performance levels. Apprenticeship training that follows, is focused upon the retrofitting of abandoned / adjudicated / blighted (AAB) homes, schools and commercial real-estate, and 4. Green Business Incubator Program (GBIP) wherein graduates of the BSC training will learn how to become profitable “green” building contractors and business owners, transfer into colleges for advanced education and training, or enter the workforce as accredited and/or certified building science professionals, and proceed to profitable careers retrofitting, to La LEEEP, our state’s building stock. At the onset, governing authorities will adopt La LEEEP construction standards that: 1) are sensitive to building type and locale, 2) ensure safety, health, comfort, and building durability for generations, and 3) require net-zero energy + carbon and lower water use by 50%, and will protect life during a power outage for several days. 4) will eventually be used to address transportation and water issues too. After adopting a high standard and the workforce trained, retrofit sites will be selected for the BSC and the GBIC in job-depressed neighborhoods, and buildings will be retrofitted to house these centers. Paid Trainees will be screened by a broad collection of community groups, colleges, universities and governmental support agencies. Graduates will become state-licensed contractors, certified building science professionals and/or business owners with the door to successful secondary education open. Self-sustaining of the program is accomplished via the RLF: A highly leveraged, low-interest, revolving loan fund (RLF) will furnish capital via 5% interest loans, grants and formula funding, to support a self- sustaining Louisiana retrofit industry. 1. LA LEEEP program will receive donated AAB real property from municipalities and non-profit donors and participants. 2. LA LEEEP graduates and program participants who contract to move AAB real property into full commerce will have first access to RLF capital. 3. Successful applicants for RLF’s capital will include student graduates, program participants, owners of buildings; ESCO’s (energy service companies), universities and municipal utilities within the state who agree to adhere to retrofitting to La LEEEP standards, and to repay the retrofit loan within 24 months. 4. Funds recycled back into the RLF LA LEEEP will be re-appropriated to first complete the retrofit of the grant partners pledged housing & building stock, but in future years (2-6), the City of Shreveport Louisiana Retrofit Ramp-Up Program Page 17 of 20
  18. 18. fund will expand its scope to address training, advanced technology, R&D, analysis and software issues that are related to the retrofit industry. The Opportunity: LA LEEEP has a great opportunity to correct and ameliorate many defects in the marketplace. These include: 1. an abundance of older energy inefficient buildings and homes without a marketplace mechanism for large scale transformation to High Performance Green Buildings. 2. a lack of appropriately trained and certified energy raters/auditors 3. a lack of adequately trained green redevelopment industry personnel, 4. numerous building science problems, many of which are unique to Louisiana 5. urban blight, and neighborhood redevelopment economic obstacles, and 6. environmentally-related health, safety, and climate issues The opportunity also comes with a rich set of tools that can be used to meet these challenges including: 1. a prototype performance-based, Standard of Sustainability (SOS) for homes. 2. a host of tax credits, energy efficiency incentives, rebates and capital-cost deferral plans offered by Louisiana. These include solar tax credit and related legislation that, when combined with the federal residential tax credit, allow 80% tax credit financing for renewables. Also relevant is the statute that allows capital investment for lowering energy bills via solar and energy efficiency to be transferred to real-estate taxes via PACE financing. These two sets of laws greatly improve the leveraging of federal grant dollars and the marketability of La LEEEP homes, and the fact that 3. A neighborhood based education and training program within a full research and development Building Science Center can expect to use all of the above tools to solve the market defects described and many more. The BSC could be used as a think-tank to conceive and test many exciting energy innovations now in the making. For example, current research in battery storage is such that, as the cost of photovoltaic solar power decreases, it will become cost-effective to store solar power for a week or more. This will be very helpful in the transition from fossil fuels to solar and renewable energy. LA LEEEP goals address all 55 goals mentioned on pages 5 through 40 of the FOA. In particular we note the emphasis on “Fundamentally and permanently transform energy markets in a way that make energy efficiency and renewable energy the option of first choice.” Further goals of LA LEEEP are to solve long-standing Building Science Problems in hot, humid climates; ,Integrate job-creation and business ownership into neighborhood rebuilding and renovation; Revitalize Mainstreet; Present real, viable and immediately-applicable solutions to make a major impact upon global warming., Fundamentally and permanently change the old-school thinking and implementations of building design and how building science is approached, analyzed and evaluated for existing as well as new buildings; and Define and implement “Sustainability for Homes” as a standard, building code and corollary to LEEEP, thereby implementing the president’s recent executive order pertaining to sustainable construction. LA LEEEP’s outcomes include: Retrofit to La LEEEP standards: 100 AAB, 100 Apartments, a commercial building, and a degraded school, and establish a Building Science Center that will: train 250 students in Building Science who will pass the Building Contractors Exam; develop a measurable high retrofit standard that will be used in the retrofit program; establish a funded Building Science Program in a University; establish energy conservation education for kindergarten through 12th grade; establish a public outreach program based on improving energy conservation through retrofitting; provide 10 jobs at each training center; and provide extraordinary direct job creation of 250 jobs/year for low-income and City of Shreveport Louisiana Retrofit Ramp-Up Program Page 18 of 20
  19. 19. very low income person by training them, as well as the unemployed, underemployed and veterans, for permanent “green jobs”. It is the goal of Southern University at Baton Rouge campus to become a “green campus” that is both energy efficient and energy independent by engaging a local green power utility to produce electricity on- site using renewable energy sources. This will be accomplished by installing a combined heat and power (CHP) unit on the campus for on-site electricity generation, with the waste heat used to drive new absorption cooling units in the central plant to provide cooling, heat and hot water for the campus – thus greatly reducing the electrical demand. Energy audits will be conducted on all campus buildings and other facilities, with the buildings retrofitted to accommodate the most cost effective energy conservation measures and using the most energy efficient equipment and materials available in order to reduce the campus energy consumption. Biogas from a nearby sewerage treatment plant and natural gas provided by the utility will be the initial energy source for the electrical generation, with the long range plan being to supplement the biogas with solar energy and/or biomass in the not-so-distant future. LA LEEEP statewide partners include 5 Parishes, 4 Cities, 14 Colleges and Universities, and 12 Non- Profit/NGO’s, 4 Departments of State Government and 6 Business partners. Partners for the south Louisiana initiative are as follows: The New Orleans Federal Alliance (NOFA) is a government/private partnership that is developing a restoration plan for a former military base following a federally mandated base-closing. It has been awarded $100 million of state funding for the new build out. Southern University at Baton Rouge brings $1,252,000 in leveraging to the project. With these funds, solar powered LED street/outdoor lights and traffic signals will be installed throughout the campus, and the existing lights in the J. S. Clark Administration Building will be replaced with energy efficient LED lighting. These steps lead to a yearly savings of over 964,000 kwh of electricity, and reduces Greenhouse Gas Emissions by 1,253,285 pounds of CO2 per year. Dillard University’s Deep South Center for Environmental Justice offers job training for youth over 18 in hazardous waste clean-up, asbestos abatement, mold remediation, green construction and more. Global Green will provide trainers and teachers for Home Energy Rating System (HERS) rating classes. Apollo Alliance will provide assistance in structuring worker-training programs and funding opportunities. Apollo builds state and local coalitions to promote policies, programs and investment in clean energy and well-paid, green-collar jobs. Alliance for Affordable Energy has developed The Louisiana Green Corps which trains young adults in building weatherization, energy efficiency building, deconstruction, basic carpentry, workplace safety and other skills. It provides trainees with hard and soft skills, a regular paycheck, funding for additional training and work placement counseling. Tulane University offers resources tied to the Riversphere Project, City Center, and its School of Architecture and Environmental Sciences. Delgado Community College offers a host of grant opportunities, training programs and workforce development initiative. New Orleans Council for Community and Justice’s Green Diversity Initiative is a component of NOCCJ's Youth Renewal Initiative which targets homeless and other youth living in our communities without any or substantial adult supervision. Youth solve community problems such as pollution, global warming and environmental justice in workshops. Make It Right is part of the broader rebuilding effort in New Orleans, working with the City, the New Orleans Redevelopment Authority and other nonprofits to build affordable housing, infrastructure, and amenities key to bring families home - including training workers in advanced green-building techniques. City of Shreveport Louisiana Retrofit Ramp-Up Program Page 19 of 20
  20. 20. EnviRenew is currently engaged in energy retrofits for 125 homes in Orleans, Plaquemines, Jefferson and St Bernard Parish. At 1,500sq.ft to 2,000 sq.ft, EnviRenew will provide about 250,000sq.ft for retrofits. Reconcile New Orleans. The institute for social innovation will provide us with the infrastructure to make connections, provide training, and forge new partnerships to solve social problems. Majora Carter Group, LLC’s role would include Planning/Logistics, and could include liaising with land owners to rent land for trees/plants to mature, managing grass roots logistics and ensuring the local community is involved by making them stewards of the development effort. New Orleans Healing Center provides a Neighborhood Revitalization Center to retrofit by Building Science Center’s students Our Lady Star of the Sea School provides an urban, neighborhood school to retrofit and within which to house the Building Science Center. The Building Block provides an incubator for emerging green businesses, and will accept graduates of partner programs who wish to enter the entrepreneurial path. Graduates will apprentice at green companies at the Building Block. FutureProof, LLC provides an initiative based around the opportunities at Federal City for workforce development and education. Woodward Design Build (Carl E. Woodward), the contractor for the NOFA (aka Federal City Project) has committed to working with associated partners to hire local (from adjacent neighborhoods) and other individuals who have come through NOFA training programs into their workforce. Innovation: Revitalize our cities; Transform the Energy Markets: The implementation of Retrofit Ramp-Up will produce profitable “green” businesses; with high quality, well paid jobs; while retrofitting our cities building stock. This program will revitalize our cities, improving the quality of live in our nation. In the process, due to the quality of the affordable high standard building retrofitting model, the implementation of Retrofit Ramp-Up will fundamentally and permanently transform energy markets in a way that make energy efficiency and renewable energy the options of first choice. By producing affordable high quality housing and a vibrant high tech ”green” community, the Star program, via the Building Science Center, and the help of its partners and CERT, a consortium of Louisiana’s twelve Institutions of Higher Learning will instigate the creation of a dynamic intellectually stimulating community. In Summary The City of Shreveport commenced our efforts to become energy efficient prior to the American Recovery Reinvestment Act of 2009. The Louisiana Retrofit Ramp-Up Program has a goal of stimulating activities that progress beyond traditional public awareness campaigns, program maintenance, demonstration projects, and other “one-time” strategies and projects. The COS expands the benefits beyond the borders of the city, parish and region in terms of energy and emission reductions. The Louisiana Retrofit Ramp-Up Program includes activities that stimulate investments that fundamentally and permanently transform the energy market, energy efficiency and renewable energy. The program will provide an option of first priority in energy efficiency by having a viable strategy for program sustainability. Our program leverages participation and support from non-profits, businesses and other government entities that reach a large fraction of buildings within targeted neighborhoods and areas. City of Shreveport Louisiana Retrofit Ramp-Up Program Page 20 of 20