Financing the Climate Agenda Through Built Sector Total Life-Cycle Valuing (TLCv) (High Performance Design)

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This paper underscores the benefits of high performance design, its relationship to productivity gains and losses, and the total life-cycle and building design cause-and-effect cost relationship. It also aims to provide a clear and simple understanding of life-cycle energy economic portfolio to guide credible reasoning for decision-making at the highest levels in policy making – such is aimed to use economic creativity to finance the climate agenda. These are geared towards developing new financial models and policies (most coveted by the energy industry) that would bring life-cycle value into capital funding base for advancing and improving high performance building design in the built sector of the economy (40% contributor to global greenhouse gases emissions). Through a series of graphic depictions, this paper illustrates how Total Life Cycle value (TLCv), can be derived and potentially extrapolated and applied to finance the upfront cost of high performance design. Most importantly, this financing concept model, attempts to present a potential solution for overcoming financing hurdles experienced by states and region-wide building energy retrofits and energy efficient new construction, which government, industry and concerned entities are calling for in a bid to combat and reduce rapid greenhouse gases emissions.


Keywords: Life-Cycle Valuing, Creative Financing, Green Buildings, New Building Finance Model
Stream: Economic Sustainability
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
Paper: Financing the Climate Agenda through Built Sector Total Life-Cycle Valuing (TLCv) (High Performance Design)


Dennis Ramdahin

Independent Research Scientist, United States Federal and State Governments
New York City, NY, USA

Dennis Ramdahin is a career environmentalist focused in the area of environmental management and sustainability planning. His experiences reside with the government sectors that include the world’s largest mass transit system (New York City Transit (NYCT)), and the US Air Force. His principle interests are sustainable program development, energy master planning and green building design.

For the New York City Transit, Dennis was charged with steering the implementation of a State non-funded mandate that called for sustainable planning in government. This assignment included in-depth work in energy planning, high-performance building design, environmentally responsible procurement, environmental marketing and awareness, and research and development. For the US Air Force, Dennis recently contributed to fulltime research and support for developing the Air Force Base Energy Model - an initiative to facilitate energy efficiency in base design and operation, which once completed, best practices will be replicated to all bases globally.

As an Independent Researcher, Dennis is involved with Sustainability Master Planning - researching and developing “whole country models” to aid in reversing poverty traps, preserve environmental quality and health, and address global warming. Specific work is targeted at Haiti and India.

Dennis holds a Master Degree and Undergraduate Degree in Environmental Studies.

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