This resource functions as a design guide for daylighting devices called light scoops. These devices typically are on the roof surface with skylights pointing south and work particularly well in cloudy climates.
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This report highlights the funding opportunities available to rural communities and small buildings. Most of these communities qualify for USDA programs and these incentives and grants can be used to make rural communities more efficient.
This guide is aimed at building designers, owners and operators, and outlines the core concepts of thermal comfort, providing the basis for designing and operating buildings to meet thermal comfort requirements while reducing energy use.
This Fact Sheet provides an overview of the Better Buildings Workforce Guidelines project. The Department of Energy (DOE) and the National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) are working with industry stakeholders to develop voluntary national guidelines that will improve the quality and consistency of commercial building workforce training and certification programs for five key energy-related jobs.
Empirical techniques for characterizing electrical energy use now play a key role in reducing electricity consumption, particularly miscellaneous electrical loads, in buildings. Identifying device operating modes (mode extraction) creates a better understanding of both device and system behaviors. Using clustering to extract operating modes from electrical load data can provide valuable insights into device behavior and identify opportunities for energy savings. We present a fast and effective heuristic clustering method to identify and extract operating modes in electrical load data.
This case study highlights the energy and non-energy benefits of replacing legacy, modular / portable cooling plant through retrofit and expansion of existing central plant. It highlights the complexity of moving from a flexible, but piecemeal cooling system to one that will deliver the required cooling energy and also how energy supply-related campus operations and overall systems operating efficiency may be improved through analysis and strategic planning.
A guide to Financing Tools for the Commercial Real Estate Sector written by the MIT Community Innovators Lab and the Institute for Market Transformation.
This case study highlights the implementation of zone and cubicle level controls for lighting and HVAC systems in several federal buildings occupied by the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) and its tenants. It documents the issues associated with high granularity of control for such systems and the energy and energy cost savings associated with their implementation.
This checklist will assist facility managers and building owners evaluate the capabilities of HVAC companies and the proposals they submit for installation of new HVAC equipment. The questions on the checklist will help owners and managers understand the requirements contained within the ACCA HVAC quality installation Standard 5.
While the availability of “big data” about building energy performance is increasing in response to market demands and public policies, the lack of standard data formats is a significant ongoing barrier to its full utilization. To overcome this barrier, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) developed the Building Energy Data Exchange Specification (BEDES).
BEDES is designed to enable the exchange, comparison, and combination of empirical information by providing common terms and definitions for data about commercial and residential building’s physical and operational characteristics, energy use, and efficiency measures.
This paper describes the BEDES development process, scope, structure, and plans for implementation and ongoing updates.