A briefing paper by the National Employment Law Project in the U.S. argues that retrofitting, especially in the commercial real estate industry (CRE), is a textbook example of the concept of the “triple bottom line”: profit, people and planet. The paper summarizes earlier reports on the job creation potential of retrofitting (see links below), discusses energy efficiency standards and financing arrangements, and finally focuses on a call for policies and practices to promote decent jobs, such as the retrofitting initiatives in Milwaukee, Los Angeles, and Seattle.
Rebuilding Our Way to a Sustainable Recovery: Making Commercial Building Retrofit Jobs into Quality Jobs for Our Communities, available at the National Employment Law Project website at: http://www.nelp.org/page/-/Job_Creation/CRE_Retrofits_Issue_Brief.pdf?nocdn=1
A New Retrofit Industry: An analysis of the job creation potential of tax incentives for energy efficiency in commercial buildings and other components of the Better Buildings Initiative (June 2011) at the U.S. Green Building Council website at: http://www.usgbc.org/ShowFile.aspx?DocumentID=9531 and Analysis of Job Creation and Energy Cost Savings From Building Energy Rating and Disclosure Policy (2012) available at the Institute for Market Transformation website at: http://www.imt.org/uploads/resources/files/Analysis_Job_Creation.pdf.
The City of Seattle’s Community High Road Agreement: Good Faith Stakeholder Engagement and Empowerment at: http://www.communitypowerworks.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/CPW-HRA-Case-Study.pdf