"Energy conservation presents a compelling and rich opportunity for K-12 schools. Historically, energy expenses in schools have been treated as relatively fixed and inevitable, flowing steadily in the background as administrators concentrated on urgent needs and programmatic priorities. There is growing awareness, however, that a focus on energy use in schools yields an array of important rewards in concert with educational excellence and a healthful learning environment. And there is new interest in behavior-based initiatives through which faculty, staff and students can be significant players in changing a school’s energy profile."
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This webinar provides strategies for engaging occupants and other means to achieving high performance in K–12 schools.
Evidence has shown that owning and operating energy-efficient, high-performance properties is a sound investment strategy that results in multiple financial benefits, including lower utility bills, higher rents, improved occupancy, and greater net operating income (NOI). To overcome difficulties in isolating moderating factors and identifying specific drivers behind sustainability-related improvements in financial performance and value to investors, DOE commissioned this pilot study; designed to test the logistical and empirical procedures required to conduct real estate research and contribute to the existing body of evidence in this field.
BenchmarkMyBuilding makes it easy to see how a building's energy consumption compares against peers in terms of dollars, and to make the business case for performance improvement projects. To get started, users simply enter three inputs (building type, building size, and building location) to benchmark their buildings against Energy Star and DOE datasets representative of 68 billion square feet of commercial building space in seconds. If the user inputs optional information on annual energy cost and annual kBTU used, the tool compares the building's energy costs to other buildings of the same exact type, size and location.
This tool was created by Lucid in collaboration with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) and the U.S. Department of Energy. Read about the tool in this blog with further details: https://www.energy.gov/eere/buildings/articles/lucid-leverages-doe-tools...
In this paper, we apply an automated whole-building M&V tool to historic data sets from energy efficiency programs to begin to explore the accuracy, cost, and time trade-offs between more traditional M&V, and these emerging streamlined methods that use high-resolution energy data and automated computational intelligence. The results show that 70% of the buildings were well suited to the automated approach. In a majority of the cases (80%) savings and uncertainties for each individual building were quantified to levels above the criteria in ASHRAE Guideline 14.
"The general concept of using meter data to quantify building energy savings is intuitive and straightforward; in practice, however, there are many complications. With support from DOE, LBNL has been working with partners to address many of the market and technical barriers for M&V 2.0."
This short blog article describes a related white paper titled "The Status and Promise of Advanced M&V: An Overview of 'M&V 2.0 Methods, Tools, and Applications" and a technical article titled "Application of Automated Measurement and Verification to Utility Energy Efficiency Program Data."
"The objective of this paper is to provide background information and frame key discussion points related to advanced M&V. The paper identifies the benefits, methods, and requirements of advanced M&V and outlines key technical issues for applying these methods. It presents an overview of the distinguishing elements of M&V 2.0 tools and of how the industry is addressing needs for tool testing, consistency, and standardization, and it identifies opportunities for collaboration."
With the expansion of advanced metering and increased use of energy analytics tools, the energy efficiency community has begun to explore the application of advanced measurement and verification (or “M&V 2.0”) technologies. Current literature recognizes their promise, but does not offer in-depth assessment of technical underpinnings. This paper assesses the state of the technology and it’s application. Sixteen commercially available technologies were characterized and combined with a national review of their use.
Published in The Electricity Journal 30:8-16
A white paper that describes the mixed-methods process that architectural firm Perkins-Eastman developed to evaluate school building performance post-occupancy. The paper includes a standard survey tool to assess perceptions and a sensor network and protocol for testing school building performance.
Case study about how the U.S. General Services Administration successfully renovated the historic Wayne N. Aspinall Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse. GSA’s goals were to preserve the building’s historic features, and achieve Zero Energy Building status. This case study provides an overview of how reducing plug load energy helped achieve the Zero Energy Building status.