The Commercial Building Partnership (CBP) paired selected commercial building owners and operators with representatives of DOE, national laboratories, and private sector exports to explore energy efficiency measures across general merchandise commercial buildings.
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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.
A set of specifications for continuous performance monitoring systems that can be easily adapted and routinely used by a variety of organizations for both new construction and control system retrofits
In order to seize the opportunities for improving energy performance in the United States, it is important to understand what drives American companies and building owners to adopt efficiency improvements and sustainability policies. The research in this report provides new insights on how to create high-performing buildings and how to make the right business case to seize these opportunities.
This document provides in-depth instructions and examples for creating useful information from the interval data gained from using the Energy Charting and Metrics (ECAM) tool developed by the California Energy Commission.
This guide explains the benefits and process of building commissioning thereby providing owners and other stakeholders a tool to improve building efficiency and operation. It is intended to be a resource, as well as a call to action, for building owners and facility managers who want to verify their buildings are not only operating as originally intended, but also as efficiently as possible. Commissioning of new construction and major renovations is the primary focus, although commissioning of existing buildings is also briefly discussed as well.
This guide provides an overview of the different energy audit options available and information on how to select an energy auditor.
Miscellaneous electrical loads (MELs) are building loads that are not related to general lighting, heating, ventilation, cooling, and water heating, and typically do not provide comfort to the building occupants. MELs in commercial buildings account for almost 5% of U.S. primary energy consumption. On an individual building level, they account for approximately 25% of the total electrical load in a minimally code-compliant commercial building, and can exceed 50% in an ultra-high efficiency building such as the National Renewable Energy Laboratory's (NREL) Research Support Facility (RSF). Minimizing these loads is a primary challenge in the design and operation of an energy-efficient building. A complex array of technologies that measure and manage MELs has emerged in the marketplace. Some fall short of manufacturer performance claims, however. NREL has been actively engaged in developing an evaluation and selection process for MELs control, and is using this process to evaluate a range of technologies for active MELs management that will cap RSF plug loads. Using a control strategy to match plug load use to users' required job functions is a huge untapped potential for energy savings.
The Walmart Supercenter in Leavenworth, Kansas, offered a test case to determine whether an LED system could meet the CBEA specification and be competitive with conventional systems when maintenance and energy costs were factored in. The LED system was compared to two systems: a 1,000-watt (W) pulse-start metal halide (PMH) and a 400-W PMH. This case study provides initial results and results after two years.
The Commercial Building Energy Alliance (CBEA) Lighting and Electrical Project Team developed a performance specification to help building owners and operators maximize the benefits of converting to solid-state lighting (SSL) technology from traditional high-intensity discharge technology. This specification provides information about both the luminaire and how the site should be lighted. It can be customized as building owners work with lighting designers, engineers, or SSL manufacturers to provide lighting solutions for different locations.