Overcoming the Barriers to Building Energy Efficiency Retrofits at Scale

Energy retrofits represent the largest and lowest-cost GHG emission reduction opportunity facing urban areas. In addition to a range of community benefits of deep energy retrofits such as comfort, health, and the creation of living wage jobs. When retrofits includew deep energy upgrades, they can offer a range of possible energy savings, and improve ROI for owners. This session will identify the greatest barriers to investing in deep energy retrofits, and help attendees understand the elements required for a comprehensive policy to stimulate investment.

Session Lead: Emma Stewart, World Resources Institute

Emma Stewart, Ph.D., is the Urban Efficiency & Climate Director at WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities, where she is responsible for the Institute’s global work on urban building and vehicle efficiency, urban distributed renewables, and city climate strategy. Prior to WRI, she founded and directed design software giant Autodesk’s Sustainability Solutions department, where she led a product and go-to-market team to make sustainable design a “no-brainer” for millions of engineering and design customers.



Andria Jacob oversees a portfolio of clean energy program and policy initiatives for the City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS). She has over 15 years of experience designing and delivering innovative energy efficiency, renewable energy and sustainability programs. Andria has founded nationally-recognized programs like Solarize Portland and Clean Energy Works Oregon. She currently directs the Home Energy Score and Sustainable City Government programs and leads the City’s nascent efforts to develop a community-wide resilient power plan. She is a key implementer of Portland’s resolution to be 100% renewable by 2050. Andria began her career at E Source in Boulder, Colorado and worked in private-sector consulting before joining local government.


Andy Frank is the Founder and CEO of Sealed, an energy and financial technology company based that invests in home efficiency upgrades. Sealed runs the HomeAdvance program that pre-pays for energy-saving home upgrades, with customers re-paying based on the energy they waste. Prior to Sealed, Andy co-founded Efficiency 2.0, a software company that helped utilities better engage their residential customers. Andy received a B.S. in Environmental Science and Public Policy from Harvard College.



Andrew McAllister was appointed to the California Energy Commission by Governor Edmund G. Brown in May, 2012, and reappointed in January 2017. He is lead commissioner on energy efficiency. Andrew has worked for over 25 years in a variety of capacities across the electric utility, energy efficiency and renewable energy arenas. Prior to joining the CEC, he was managing director and policy director of a clean energy non-profit; a consulting project manager in California and in a variety of developing country settings; and an energy efficiency analyst at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. He holds M.S. and PhD degrees from UC Berkeley. He is a returned Peace Corps Volunteer.