Creating a framework for the successful implementation of energy retrofit projects

Kathy O. Roper (School of Building Construction, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia, USA)
Bryan Pope (Facilities and Administration, King & Spalding LLC, Atlanta, Georgia, USA)

Journal of Facilities Management

ISSN: 1472-5967

Publication date: 28 January 2014



A framework for the successful implementation of energy retrofit projects in all settings, including those found within some non-profit organizations, is proposed. Strategies for overcoming common challenges along with experiences gained through a real-life case study of a multi-facility retrofit project were researched. The paper aims to discuss these issues.


This research incorporates strategies identified in existing literature with a variety of techniques and includes information from a detailed case study involving the retrofit of multiple buildings within a public park. Combined research strategies and real-life experience through the case study are used to develop a framework for recommended framework to analyze the completion of retrofit projects.


Common obstacles encountered by energy retrofit projects in the USA and Europe were identified. The retrofit case also experienced these challenges in varying degrees. Application of these practices was implemented and applied to each specific situation within the project and documented for analysis.


Current research tends to be focused on the implementation of energy efficient solutions as justified by a quick rate of return and long term savings. However, few projects in not-for-profit situations where a grant or donation is the funding source, and ROI is not measured from a traditional financial standpoint, have been researched.



O. Roper, K. and Pope, B. (2014), "Creating a framework for the successful implementation of energy retrofit projects", Journal of Facilities Management, Vol. 12 No. 1, pp. 38-55.

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