Leading in Los Angeles: Demonstrating Scalable Emerging Energy Efficient Technologies for Integrated Facade, Lighting and Plug Loads

This innovative project targets energy savings technologies in lighting, HVAC, and plug loads.

New Buildings Institute, Inc.


Portland, OR

Recipient Location


Senate District


Assembly District



Amount Spent



Project Status

Project Result

The project is complete and the final report is published. The project created a holistic integrated reetrofit solution for significant energy savings, and was demonstrated in government and institutional buildings in the Los Angels area.

The Issue

The Los Angeles basin is in drastic need of energy and carbon reductions in the wake of the Aliso Canyon natural gas leaks. Deep building energy retrofits can realize large energy and carbon savings in existing buildings. However, barriers such as cost-effectiveness, unknown savings potential, and scalability have limited implementation of large scale building retrofits that would provide a significant impact.

Project Innovation

The recipient is demonstrating and validating new retrofit package solutions from laboratory pre-testing through field demonstrations in existing government-owned commercial buildings. The solution sets, dubbed "INTER", are comprised of shading products from Rollease Acmeda and lighting and integrated controls, including HVAC systems, from Enlighted. The technologies can be combined and customized to suit a variety of building types and spaces, resulting in an estimated whole building energy reduction of 20 to 32 percent. Beginning in the Los Angeles basin, the team is leveraging existing market connections to increase and accelerate market adoption of these retrofit solution sets to maximize the potential energy and carbon savings, first in the region and ultimately, throughout California.

Project Goals

Validate the commercial viability and scalability of interactive energy systems in existing commercial buildings.

Project Benefits

This project creates a holistic, low-barrier integrated retrofit solution for significant energy savings. The scalable energy retrofit solution was demonstrated in municipal government buildings but is also applicable to other commercial and residential buildings and to new construction and existing buildings. Installation does not require specialized training. The integration of technologies can produce higher savings than individual technologies operated in isolation. Creating building retrofit solutions that are least disruptive to building occupants while solving energy, occupant and owner issues are key to providing solutions that will support California's statewide zero net energy and existing building goals.

Lower Costs


Building owners and operators will benefit from long-term energy and cost savings from retrofits providing 20% or more in energy reductions. The value of integrating technologies is clearly shown and publicized.

Economic Development

Economic Development

This project advanced products that will stimulate new manufacturing and promote increased market competition.

Environmental & Public Health

Environmental Sustainability

Real estate upgrades will increase as benefits of under-used technologies are seen through the wide tech transfer activities. Tying results to health, comfort, and climate will increase adoptions.

Key Project Members

Project Member

Cathy Higgins

Program Director
New Building Institute
Project Member

Dr. Kevin Carbonnier

Senior Technical Associate
New Buildings Institute



Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory


Consortium For Energy Efficiency


The Energy Coalition


TRC Engineers, Inc.


Match Partners


Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory


Southern California Edison


CSU Dominguez Hills


Rollease Acmeda, Inc.






City of Santa Ana




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