The Jordan Institute
The Jordan Institute advocates for effective and innovative public-policy and market-based solutions which reduce the need for fossil fuels used in commercial buildings.
The institute advances public, environmental, and economic health by improving energy performance and resiliency in how buildings are designed, built, renovated, operated, and financed.
The institute seeks to achieve the most resilient and sustainable quality of life possible by transforming the energy and built landscape in the region, providing a model for the nation.
The Jordan Institute is composed of staff whose collective experience includes energy policy, residential construction, engineering, project management, education, historic preservation of buildings, and architecture. Their board brings a range of perspectives and, importantly, awareness of the organization's origins and history. As the Jordan Institute has grown over the years, the mission has evolved to focus on climate change solutions, which present the greatest threat to date to public health and the environment—the two areas the Jordan Institute was created to address. The Jordan Institute completed a strategic plan in early 2013. Among other realizations, the institute determined that their work improving the energy efficiency of buildings had reached a point where the market was ready to lead. The institute has since launched Resilient Buildings Group, Inc., a for-profit subsidiary, majority-owned by the Jordan Institute to carry-on its project implementation work - energy audits, monitoring and verification, commissioning, LEED certifications - as well as adding a new service: construction management.
In 1995, Doyle E. and Lenore M. Jordan provided the initial gift that launched the Jordan Institute. They had a keen interest in funding research and policy initiatives that explore the link between the environment, public health, and the economy. The institute's programs have been based on that general principle. The Jordan Institute benefits from financial support from private individuals and foundations, as well as after-tax profits from their for-profit subsidiary, Resilient Buildings Group.
The institute's funding sources consist of grants, technical assistance consulting, and corporate and individual donations. The Jordan Institute is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization, so contributions may be tax-deductible.
Resilient Buildings Group
In July 2013, the Jordan Institute launched a for-profit subsidiary, Resilient Buildings Group, Inc., to manage its building-energy projects in the field. As majority owners, Jordan's mission and know-how to improve the energy performance in commercial buildings has a platform to scale-up and comprehensively address many buildings throughout the northeast. RBG is handling all new in-the-field energy and construction projects. Existing projects continue to be managed by the Jordan Institute team.
Resilient Buildings Group applies building science to construction projects in the field to make commercial buildings more energy efficient, resilient, and comfortable.