Location: Redstone Federal Credit Union
Title: The Huntsville Better Building Challenge
Speaker: Daniel Tait (founder and CEO of the Alabama Center for Sustainable Energy)
Description: Huntsville has always been a city that meets challenges. We helped put a man on the moon, and showed the Defense Department how to save millions of dollars in annual costs.
Now Huntsville has stepped up to the plate for a new challenge: energy savings on a massive scale. Our own AEE Board Member Daniel Tait, founder and CEO of the Alabama Center for Sustainable Energy, will give an exciting overview this new challenge: to make a lot of Huntsville buildings more energy efficient.
Our December meeting will be a presentation on Huntsville’s participation in the Better Building Challenge sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy. Its goal: to enter more than 100 commercial buildings into the Energy Star Portfolio Manager program, which means each building reduces its energy consumption by 20% by the year 2020. American business and industry could save up to $40 billion annually so they can grow, invest in new technology and create more jobs.
In the local effort to achieve that 20% energy reduction goal by 2020, the Huntsville Better Building Challenge seeks to unite the public sector with business and non-profit organizations to implement substantial building upgrades. The effort has already begun – a voluntary benchmarking initiative for Huntsville-area commercial buildings is underway now.
Through his previous work with Nexus Energy Center, Daniel Tait has raised awareness of energy efficiency in north Alabama and helped more than 1600 area homeowners save an estimated more than $1 million in energy costs. He is a Certified Energy Manager, and earlier this year started his latest initiative: the Alabama Center for Sustainable Energy.