SIPA has been involved with the REALIZE project, a collaborative effort led by Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) and partners such as the United State Department of Energy (DOE), New York State Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), Passive House Institute US (PHIUS), Net Zero Energy Coalition (NZEC). Private sector organizations include The Levy Partnership, Re:Vision Architecture, Staengle Engineering and various other manufacturers.
REALIZE is an effort inspired by an innovative model from the Netherlands, known as Energiesprong (http://energiesprong.eu/), developed to catalyze mass-scale, net-zero-energy retrofits.
Energiesprong, a public-private partnership in the Netherlands, has implemented zero-energy retrofits to the tune of almost 2,000 units over the past three years, with another 100,000 planned across Europe. To get a sense of their innovative approach see the following video.
This model employs a process that combines aggregation of demand and a coordinated supply chain to deploy prefabricated mass-scale retrofits. The team anticipates even greater volumes of demand in the United States, opening a completely untapped market of solutions for existing buildings.
On July 12, 2018, the REALIZE team, in partnership with NYSERDA hosted a webinar to share more information about these two efforts and engaging fabricators to explore partnerships for creating a set of retrofit systems. The RMI team will be issuing a request for proposals to fabricators for collaborating on the design and providing the envelope solution for the DOE pilot.
Click Here to visit the offical REALIZE Project website