Building Energy Efficiency: Technology, Policy & Finance

Stanford Center for Professional Development

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  • online
  • on demand

Stanford Center for Professional Development

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About the course

Building energy efficiency (BEE) is critical to developing affordable, reliable, and low-carbon energy systems. However, understanding the basics of BEE can be challenging, given its deeply intertwined technology, policy, and finance dimensions. Further, while BEE is a rapidly expanding, multi-billion-dollar global industry, market, behavioral, and institutional barriers often hinder its uptake.

In this course, Dian Grueneich – one of the world’s leading EE experts – and Stephen Comello, examine the fundamentals and complexities of BEE, including key technologies, policies, and finance tools. You’ll learn to assess the potential energy, cost and non-energy benefits of a BEE intervention. You’ll discover the next frontiers of BEE including “data-driven” intelligent efficiency, building decarbonization, and BEE’s role in international climate efforts.

You Will Learn

  • The foundations of building energy efficiency
  • Stakeholder motivations and barriers
  • The roles of technology, policy and finance
  • New frontiers in intelligent efficiency and building decarbonization

Topics Include

  • Basic concepts: Energy, Buildings & Energy Efficiency
  • Technology
  • Policy
  • Economics & Finance
  • Digital, Analytical & Platform Tools
  • BEE & Carbon Emissions

This course is approximately 5.5 hours of video content with 1.5 hours of coursework.

Final Exam:

Online participants are asked to complete a final exam at the end of each course to maintain the integrity of the program. A score of 85% must be achieved to successfully pass the exam. A digital record of completion will be emailed to participants when they pass the exam.

Course Evaluation:

It is required that participants complete the course evaluation once they have passed the final exam.

Experts

Stephen Comello

Stephen Comello is the director of the Energy Business Innovations focus area at Stanford Graduate School of Business and is a senior research fellow at the Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance. His work examines how technology, policy and organizations coevolve to influence the bus...

Dian Grueneich

Dian Grueneich is an internationally recognized energy expert, has worked on energy policy for over four decades, and has received numerous awards for her work on energy efficiency, including the 30th Anniversary Award of the American Council for an Energy Efficiency Economy (ACEEE) for Outstand...

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