The award was established to honor the legacy and impact of Rosenfeld’s advocacy for cooler buildings, cooler cities, and a cooler planet. Rosenfeld, who passed away in January, was a founder of the alliance. Also, the California Energy Commission recently created a video commemorating Rosenfeld’s life.
Rosenfeld, who passed away earlier this year, received the Tang Prize for Sustainable Development in 2016 for his many contributions to energy conservation. The Tang Prize Foundation made this documentary film, titled “The Godfather of Energy Efficiency” to honor Rosenfeld’s legacy.
The concept of building efficiency is easy enough to grasp: ensure comfort and functionality while using less energy. Making that happen in a given building, however, isn't always straightforward. Achieving low energy retrofits and good operations require well-trained technicians who know how to interpret building characteristics and energy data, which is why educators are interested in learning about hands-on exercises and tools they can use with students.
Nearly 40 faculty members from 27 community and technical colleges across the United States were introduced to new tools in January, 2017, at a workshop at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab (Berkeley Lab) in the Energy Technologies Area (ETA). This included using FLEXLAB®, the world's most advanced building efficiency test bed.