Energy Shrink

Energy Shrink Enabling Energy Efficiency in buildings for lesser waste, greater economy, better health, and a sustainable environment for future generations.

Energy Shrink is a small private consulting practice focused on sustainability in the built environment with a specialization in energy and resource efficiency in buildings, otherwise known as high-performance buildings or green buildings. Energy Shrink provides technical advice, modeling and analysis, and research and knowledge dissemination. Smita Chandra Thomas is the founder and principal of Energy Shrink.

Mission: Energy Shrink envisions a world where human ingenuity is deployed towards meeting the basic human needs for shelter and thermal comfort without destroying the natural eco-system it depends on; where the path of economic progress is paved with an eye on sustaining the environment for future generations. The mission of Energy Shrink is to help realize this vision by facilitating the market adoption of energy efficiency in the buildings sector; to bridge the space between the body of knowledge pertaining to green buildings on one side and the decision makers on the other. The end goal is lesser waste, greater economy, better health, and greater sustainability in the buildings sector.

Operating as usual

11/18/2020

Today’s Montgomery County Energy Summit (hosted by USGBC NCR & Montgomery Co. DEP) session on “Designing a Home for the Future Energy Grid” considered how to use passive design principles to make a building more resilient in a changing energy economy. Sessions like this showcase the importance of applying knowledge in different contexts, ultimately to collaborate and converge on “the path to zero.” Tomorrow, Energy Shrink will take our turn to share about “The Foundation of Net Zero Design: What Architects Need to Know.” Although virtual, we’re glad to adapt and keep working toward progress! #powerupmoco #greenbuildings #netzero #BetterIsPossible

Have you signed up for this week’s Montgomery County Energy Summit (hosted by USGBC NCR & Montgomery Co. DEP)? Smita Tho...
11/16/2020

Have you signed up for this week’s Montgomery County Energy Summit (hosted by USGBC NCR & Montgomery Co. DEP)? Smita Thomas, Principal of @Energy Shrink, will present on “The Foundation of Net Zero Design: What Architects Need to Know” with other experts in the field. #powerupmoco #greenbuildings #netzero #BetterIsPossible

Designing for net zero? Learn and earn credits next week at the virtual Montgomery County Energy Summit (hosted by USGBC...
11/13/2020
The Foundation of Net Zero Design: What Architects Need to Know | U.S. Green Building Council

Designing for net zero? Learn and earn credits next week at the virtual Montgomery County Energy Summit (hosted by USGBC NCR & Montgomery Co. DEP) — Smita Thomas, Principal of Energy Shrink, presents on “The Foundation of Net Zero Design: What Architects Need to Know” with Robyn Toth of TCA Architects and Kara Strong of Sustainable Design Consulting (SDC) (1.0 general Green Business Certification Inc. CE and 1.0 The American Institute of Architects LU). Block your calendars for Thursday November 19, from 11AM-Noon. Sign up now! #powerupmoco #greenbuildings #netzero #BetterIsPossible

The Energy and Environmental Law Forum of the Women's Bar Association of the District of Columbia has invited Energy Shr...
10/20/2020
Women Experts and Entrepreneurs in Renewable Energy Tell All

The Energy and Environmental Law Forum of the Women's Bar Association of the District of Columbia has invited Energy Shrink founder and principal, Smita Thomas, to share her experiences in energy and environment as we approach 5 years in the business; alongside panelists Susan Hamm, Director of the Geothermal Technologies Office for the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, and Reesha Trznadel of the U.S. Department of Energy. Register today for this engaging session next Tuesday the 27th! #greenenergy #renewableenergy #energylaw

The US used 100 Quads of energy in 2019, 85% of it from fossil fuels. Emissions need to be cut by 50% by 2030. This Amer...
10/07/2020
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The US used 100 Quads of energy in 2019, 85% of it from fossil fuels. Emissions need to be cut by 50% by 2030. This American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy report (https://bit.ly/36xuinA) shows the large impact of efficiency programs; it also shows that so much more must be done. Let’s work together to deploy efficiency at scale in the next decade. #EEDay2020 #energyefficiency #cutpollution

It’s not too late! Sign up today for tomorrow’s opportunity: Attend the virtual “Passive House: Planning, Design and Con...
09/28/2020

It’s not too late! Sign up today for tomorrow’s opportunity: Attend the virtual “Passive House: Planning, Design and Construction Seminar.” Energy Shrink principal Smita Thomas will present alongside Lisa White and Graham Wright of Passive House Institute US. Register now: https://bit.ly/3kMCRPf and kickoff your professional school year with 6.5 LU The American Institute of Architects. #passivedesign #passivehouse #energyefficiency #climateaction #greenbuildings #sustainability #netzero #decarbonization #EnergyShrinkInk #BetterIsPossible

Only one week away! Kick off your professional back-to-school season [6.5 LU The American Institute of Architects]! Atte...
09/22/2020

Only one week away! Kick off your professional back-to-school season [6.5 LU The American Institute of Architects]! Attend the virtual “Passive House: Planning, Design and Construction Seminar” on September 29. Energy Shrink principal, Smita Chandra Thomas, will be presenting along with Lisa White and Graham Wright of Passive House Institute US. Register here! https://www.halfmoonseminars.org/.../passive-house.../online
#ClimateWeek #passivedesign #passivehouse #energyefficiency #climateaction #greenbuildings #sustainability #netzero #decarbonization #EnergyShrinkInk #BetterIsPossible

It’s Climate Week, and this art project will be displayed on the 14th Street building, One Union Square South, through S...
09/21/2020
A New York Clock That Told Time Now Tells the Time Remaining

It’s Climate Week, and this art project will be displayed on the 14th Street building, One Union Square South, through Sept. 27. You can count on us to help slow down the clock! Talk to us about your green goals. #greenbuildings #climateactionnow #betterispossible https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/20/arts/design/climate-clock-metronome-nyc.html

Metronome’s digital clock in Manhattan has been reprogrammed to illustrate a critical window for action to prevent the effects of global warming from becoming irreversible.

Kick off your professional back-to-school season [6.5 LU The American Institute of Architects ]! Attend the virtual “Pas...
09/15/2020

Kick off your professional back-to-school season [6.5 LU The American Institute of Architects ]! Attend the virtual “Passive House: Planning, Design and Construction Seminar” on September 29. Energy Shrink, Smita Chandra Thomas will be presenting along with Lisa White and Graham Wright of Passive House Institute US. Register here! https://www.halfmoonseminars.org/register/133755/passive-house-planning-design-and-construction-seminar/online
#passivedesign #passivehouse #energyefficiency #climateaction #greenbuildings #sustainability #netzero #decarbonization #EnergyShrinkInk #betterispossible

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08/26/2020

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Test your fortune this week! Energy Shrink will sponsor 7 lucky students/young professionals/in between jobs for this Thursday’s webinar at 1pm: Demystifying Energy Modeling for Architects and Building Designers, hosted by USGBC - National Capital Region. *Eligible for AIA LU and GBCI General CE*. Deadline extended: Entries will close by 9 AM on Thursday (Aug 26) and you will be notified if you’ve won by 10AM. Enter now! Click this link: https://form.jotform.com/202334164318145 #greenbuildings #netzero #climatechange

Test your fortune this week! Energy Shrink will sponsor 7 lucky students/young professionals/in between jobs for this Th...
08/25/2020

Test your fortune this week! Energy Shrink will sponsor 7 lucky students/young professionals/in between jobs for this Thursday’s webinar at 1pm: Demystifying Energy Modeling for Architects and Building Designers, hosted by USGBC - National Capital Region. *Eligible for AIA LU and GBCI General CE*. Deadline extended: Entries will close by 9 AM on Thursday (Aug 26) and you will be notified if you’ve won by 10AM. Enter now! Click this link: https://form.jotform.com/202334164318145 #greenbuildings #netzero #climatechange

This Friday, please join us and the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) Innovation in Market Transf...
08/18/2020

This Friday, please join us and the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) Innovation in Market Transformation Panel: Why did an International Development Bank Create a Green Building Rating System? August 21, 2020 at 11:30 AM at the virtual ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings 2020 conference. Energy Shrink principal, Smita Chandra Thomas, will be presenting with David Goldstein from National Resources Defense Council, Inc. and Molly Graham from the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance on the panel moderated by Mark Rehley of Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance, and Carolyn Szum of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. #summerstudy2020 #greenbuilding
https://drive.google.com/file/d/18vizI0zjVoPLx0WPIp_evSrQD-SrF07F/view

Where Joe Biden’s VP pick Kamala Harris stands on climate: "She's worked to make California the nation's leader in the c...
08/14/2020
On Climate, Kamala Harris Has a Record and Profile for Action

Where Joe Biden’s VP pick Kamala Harris stands on climate: "She's worked to make California the nation's leader in the clean energy jobs we need to confront the climate crisis head-on and build back better with a recovery that's strong, durable and creates opportunity in every community in America," McCarthy said. #cleanenergy #decarbonization #greenbuildings #climatechange

As Joe Biden’s running mate, the California senator will draw in the activist community that Biden hopes to have behind his candidacy.

Interested in getting to net-zero design and retrofits? This virtual workshop will introduce architects and building des...
08/13/2020

Interested in getting to net-zero design and retrofits? This virtual workshop will introduce architects and building designers to the critical milestones and methods to get engaged with energy modeling early in the design process for maximum impact on building performance. Hosted by USGBC - National Capital Region, the workshop will be presented by Energy Shrink principal, Smita Thomas, on Thursday, August 27, 2020, at 1:00 PM. The session will introduce modeling methods and concepts, information required from architects for modeling, and the outputs provided back to the architects to inform intelligent design. Case studies with impact analysis will be used to showcase practical applications. #greenlearn #netzero #greenbuildings
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/usgbc-ncr-demystifying-energy-modeling-for-architects-building-designers-tickets-113564713114?aff=Newsletter

Slowing down? Get up to speed on design strategies to engage with #climateaction and next year’s introduction of DC's De...
07/22/2020
USGBC NCR: Demystifying Energy Modeling for Architects & Building Designers

Slowing down? Get up to speed on design strategies to engage with #climateaction and next year’s introduction of DC's Department of Energy & Environment Building Energy Performance Standards (BEPS). Join the USGBC - National Capital Region workshop where founder and principal of Energy Shrink, Smita Thomas, will break it down into bite-sized chunks for building designers. Register now:
#netzero #energyefficiency #greenbuildings #inklocal #inkglobal

This session will introduce the key energy modeling techniques that a designer must be aware of to inform intelligent design.

"The world has a 'once-in-a-lifetime opportunity' to pour investment into clean energy and create millions of new jobs,"...
07/01/2020
IEA: ‘Green’ coronavirus recovery would keep global emissions below 2019 peak

"The world has a 'once-in-a-lifetime opportunity' to pour investment into clean energy and create millions of new jobs," according to the International Energy Agency (IEA). #emissions #covid19 #energyefficiency

The world has a “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity” to pour investment into clean energy and create millions of new jobs, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA). Its “sustainable recovery plan” for the coronavirus pandemic lays out a series of measures that the agency says would ens...

The energy burden from utility costs as a percentage of income is much higher for the economically disadvantaged, and th...
06/11/2020
Why White Households Pay Less for Utilities

The energy burden from utility costs as a percentage of income is much higher for the economically disadvantaged, and that problem is exacerbated for minorities. “While white households consume more energy overall, black and Latino households have higher EUI, usually as a result of segregation where minority families dwell in neighborhoods with older housing stocks and smaller units. More cities and states need to adopt energy disclosure laws like the ones passed in Boston, Seattle, and New York City, so that housing authorities can better understand how energy is consumed at the building and housing unit level, and so those investments can be best allocated.” #energyburden #socialequity

Not only are residents of minority neighborhoods paying more of their income for energy bills, but federal government housing policies are a huge part of the reason why.

The injustices in our society include the buildings where we live and work, and recent events have made this more eviden...
06/05/2020
Social Equity Can't Be Just Another Add-On - Metropolis

The injustices in our society include the buildings where we live and work, and recent events have made this more evident than ever. Green buildings with thermal comfort, better air quality, and lower bills must be accessible to all. #socialequity #worldenvironmentday #greenbuildings #sustainability

For projects seeking social impact certification through green rating systems, it's all about process.

We are pleased to share that Energy Shrink in partnership with The Clark Group LLC has been awarded a contract to suppor...
05/13/2020
Implementation of the Clean Energy DC Omnibus Act Compliance Requirements — The Clark Group LLC

We are pleased to share that Energy Shrink in partnership with The Clark Group LLC has been awarded a contract to support the DC Public Service Commission in the implementation of the Clean Energy DC Omnibus Amendment Act of 2018 in DC. We look forward to working on this important effort to evaluate approaches to address climate change through utility regulation. #cleanenergy #climatechange

TCG has been awarded a new contract in partnership with Energy Shrink, LLC to support the Public Service Commission of D.C. with the implementation of the Clean Energy DC Omnibus Amendment Act of 2018. The Act promotes new initiatives in the District to combat climate change and meet the District’...

The reporting on global warming is winning prizes. Next up, solutions! “The staff of The Washington Post won the 2020 Pu...
05/05/2020
Read The Washington Post stories that won the 2020 Pulitzer Prize

The reporting on global warming is winning prizes. Next up, solutions! “The staff of The Washington Post won the 2020 Pulitzer Prize in explanatory reporting for its series on climate change, 2°C: Beyond the Limit, which fundamentally reshaped the climate debate by showing that extreme warming is not a worry for the future — 10 percent of the planet has already warmed by 2 degrees Celsius.” #climateaction #globalwarming

2°C: Beyond the Limit was awarded the Pulitzer for explanatory reporting; The Post also had finalists for public service, breaking news and commentary

04/28/2020
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Earth Day and the Maryland Environmental Service (MES) both celebrate 50th birthdays this year. Here at Energy Shrink, we “celebrated” by contributing to their missions this month, helping MES inform Maryland residents on how to be smart consumers of clean energy through Community Solar programs. We offered a virtual seminar earlier this month, sharing important terms and conditions in community solar contracts, and the special discounts available to income-qualified residents. How can Energy Shrink help you achieve your mission? #earthday50 #earthmonth #cleanenergy

Do you know how to sign up for a community solar contract that works best for you? In partnership with the Maryland Energy Administration, the Energy Shrink Team is Live on Facebook at the very first Virtual Howard County Greenfest, with a community #solar expert answering your questions. So, grab your lunch and get your info! Deeper discounts are available for income-qualified residents, but what are some things to know before signing up? #earthmonth #cleanenergy

On this 50th Earth Day, go deeper. The dramatic shift in business-as-usual has made lives busier for some, while for oth...
04/22/2020

On this 50th Earth Day, go deeper. The dramatic shift in business-as-usual has made lives busier for some, while for others it has presented an opportunity to pause and consider how things might be different going forward. If you are one of the latter, this may be a good time to take a deeper look at your building portfolio and outline some project goals for efficiency and sustainability. Let us know if we can help you benchmark, analyze, design, or strategize. #earthday50 #greenbuildings #climateaction #energyefficiency

04/16/2020
Howard County Greenfest Virtual Workshop on Maryland Community Solar

Do you know how to sign up for a community solar contract that works best for you? In partnership with the Maryland Energy Administration, the Energy Shrink Team is Live on Facebook at the very first Virtual Howard County Greenfest, with a community #solar expert answering your questions. So, grab your lunch and get your info! Deeper discounts are available for income-qualified residents, but what are some things to know before signing up? #earthmonth #cleanenergy

04/07/2020

Is your building optimized to handle air quality during the current pandemic? ASHRAE provides timely guidance for HVAC systems, ventilation and humidity. #indoorairquality #IAQ #Coronavirus
https://www.ashrae.org/file%20library/about/position%20documents/airborne-infectious-diseases.pdf

Feeling uncertain? Use the certainty of data to feel better. Get a head start on your benchmarking. If you have a buildi...
03/23/2020
Benchmarking: What is happening in Virginia |

Feeling uncertain? Use the certainty of data to feel better. Get a head start on your benchmarking. If you have a building in DC over 25,000 square feet – which is required to benchmark starting in 2021 – your friendly CBE Energy Shrink, LLC is offering complimentary benchmarking services to get your systems on track this year. Offer open until capacity is full. Contact us today at [email protected], and let’s set up a time to talk. #benchmarking #measurementverification #energymonitoring #DCBenchmarking

Raising awareness on community solar opportunities, Team Energy Shrink spoke with residents of Laurel, MD, at the City o...
03/13/2020

Raising awareness on community solar opportunities, Team Energy Shrink spoke with residents of Laurel, MD, at the City of Laurel - Government Open House in early March. #cleanenergy #gosolar #communitysolar

Smita Thomas, Principal of Energy Shrink, will present at this year's annual Montgomery County Energy Summit.  Register ...
03/02/2020

Smita Thomas, Principal of Energy Shrink, will present at this year's annual Montgomery County Energy Summit. Register by this Friday March 6, to take advantage of the early bird rate! Hope to see you there! #powerupmoco #greenbuildings USGBC - National Capital Region

Montgomery Co. Energy Summit early bird ends next week! Register today & save on 1-2 days of cutting-edge energy-focused education! - https://mailchi.mp/usgbc.org/ncr-mcenergy-summit-2020-eb

Did you know that income-qualified residents are eligible for special rates offered by some community solar programs in ...
02/28/2020

Did you know that income-qualified residents are eligible for special rates offered by some community solar programs in your area? Stop by our booth at the City of Laurel Open House, this Sunday from 1-4pm to find out more from one of our team members (Energy Shrink, Assedo Consulting, LLC). This outreach is sponsored by the Maryland Energy Administration and Maryland Environmental Service. #CommunitySolar

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Energy Shrink is focused on sustainability in the built environment with a specialization in energy and resource efficiency in buildings, otherwise known as high-performance buildings or green buildings. Energy Shrink provides technical advice, modeling and analysis, and research and knowledge dissemination. We are a privately-held, women-owned small business. Smita Chandra Thomas is the founder and principal of Energy Shrink.

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