• Executive Summary

    The use of carbon based energy in residential and commercial buildings accounts for 45% of carbon emissions in the United States. Much of that energy is wasted due to significant losses in heat through a building's exterior membrane, inefficient use of gas and electricity in older HVAC systems and appliances, and electrical inefficiency in lighting systems. Making buildings more energy efficient offers a highly leveraged strategy for effecting significant cost savings for building owners and substantially reducing carbon emissions. An added benefit to the local economy is the creation of jobs that will be needed to retrofit the homes and to produce and sell building products and appliances.

  • How the Project Works

    The Smart Home Project is designed to overcome one of the most recognized barriers to the success of energy retrofit programs - homeowners perceive it's too complicated and too costly. To that end the program is designed as a "One Stop Shop" where the homeowner deals exclusively with one person, the "Energy Advocate".

  • Smart Home Diagram

  • Home Owner Benefit Aims

    - Enable all homeowners to retrofit for energy efficiency for no greater cost than their current utility bill
    - Lower utility bills 20% to 40%
    - Increase Property Values and Resale
    - Secure return on investment
    - Improve occupant health
    - Reduce Carbon emissions

  • Strategy

    Design standards to make new buildings considerably more energy efficient are now being implemented successfully on a major scale in both the public and private sectors. But retrofitting existing buildings, which offers the greatest potential for reduction of carbon emissions, has not yet caught on.


CASA develops the CASA Code Initiative

  1. CASA develops the CASA Code Initiative – a two year program to facilitate the adoption of a progressive Green Building Code in New Mexico. A response to the challenge of raising greenhouse gases and industry consensus.
  2. This long-term project will use Governor Bill Richardson’s Executive Order (05-033), to reduce current GHG emissions to 2000 levels 2012, increase to10% by 2020, and increase to 75% by 2050.
  3. A three-pronged strategy will include: State Agency Involvement, A Code Development Program, and a Political Action-Plan.
  4. This initiative will establish a task force that creates a partnership with the NM State Construction Industries Division; the agency responsible for proposing of all building codes for adoption.
  5. This effort is based on the evidence from actual energy consumption drawn from a recent survey of USGBC LEED For Building Program of significant reduction in, CO2 by 35%-50%, as well as an average of 35%-90% reduction of water use in surveyed buildings.
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