Improving our Environment & Economy, one building at a time, but with many at once.
ISEEB’s main goal is to drive the U.S and International construction industry towards upgrading existing homes & buildings to be Super Energy Efficient (SEE) as well as constructing new buildings to the same or higher standards.
The Building Industry has never witnessed the level of energy-consciousness in building owners that we have today and it is only growing by leaps and bounds each day. However, since the energy efficient housing & building industry is relatively new, we do not have enough builders adept at the craft of building or retrofitting for high energy performance. ISEEB is set out to answer this need through a package of services that would:
ISEEB is here to advance the totality of our housing & buildings to a whole new standard of energy efficiency.
ISEEB (Institute for Super Energy Efficient Building), as its name implies, is involved with improving the energy efficiency of both new and existing buildings to provide a considerable positive impact upon climate mitigation efforts. However, totally removed from any environmental benefits, SEE also provides substantial economic benefits to those owning SEE homes and buildings as well as to the communities where they are located. In fact, SEE's economic benefits alone, justify converting all of our homes and buildings to SEE levels of energy efficiency. The increased comfort benefits for the occupants of a SEE building are also a major positive.
SEE (Super Energy Efficiency) is a technically easy level of much higher building envelope/enclosure performance that can be economically achieved with common building materials and slightly altered construction methods. A new SEE home or building will by definition use “at least” 75% less energy for heating and cooling than an identical building built to the minimum standards of the 2006-IECC (International Energy Conservation Code). Those 2006-IECC minimum standards are used by the increasingly recognized HERS (Home Energy Rating System) to determine their base house for comparison to calculate a home or building’s energy use rating.
SEE standards are ideally achieved during new construction for cost and ease of application and add only about 10% to the cost of new construction. When conventionally financed, the added cost of SEE is easily covered with energy dollar savings. When not financed, if treated as an investment, SEE will initially provide an excellent ROI (Return on Investment) in the mid teens that will only grow with any future energy price increases.
However, new construction only accounts for a small percent increase annually of our total homes and buildings. Understanding that for climate and economic benefits to be available to the total building owning population, ISEEB’s primary emphasis is currently aimed mostly towards the retrofitting existing buildings - - in addition to new construction efforts.
While the costs of retrofitting existing homes or buildings vary more than for new construction, value is added to an existing building for both energy efficiency improvements as well as the easily visible value of renovation actions. The added value aspects can be estimated prior to any construction being undertaken and compared to the estimated costs of the SEE retrofit. It is most important to understand that whenever maintenance aspects or renovation of a building is being considered or required, that is the ideal time to also consider major building envelope energy efficiency improvements. However, any building, regardless of any need for renovation, should be considered for an economically viable retrofit.
The vision of ISEEB is to have all homes and buildings operate as net zero buildings.
ISEEB’s mission is founded on the principle that a well designed, soundly constructed, and thermally efficient building envelope lays the foundation for the most effective integration of renewable energy and other Energy Conservation Measures (ECMs). HVAC retrofits, lighting retrofits and renewable energy integration can then deliver optimum energy performance when coupled with an efficient building envelope.
While ISEEB is certainly addresses new construction, we are more concerned about the greater challenges and opportunities that the tremendous stock of existing buildings present. These buildings generally suffer from poor thermal performance and result in both heavy energy usage and high costs to their owners.
ISEEB is dedicated to promoting, facilitating, and supporting building envelope retrofitting that lays the foundation for future Net Zero Energy Building communities.