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.
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This video presentation highlights whole building design using a large office building located on the National Renewable Energy Laboratory's campus in Golden, CO as an example.
A recast of a presentation done for the Fairfax Chapter of Association of Energy Engineers in November of 2013. Presentation focuses on the the Advanced Energy Design Guides published by ASHRAE with association of AIA, USGBC, and IES with funding and technical support from DOE, NREL, and PNNL. In addition, the DOE Advanced Retrofit Guides are also discussed. Both sets of guides are available for download from this resource database.
The BEDES Strategic Working Group Recommendations document is a guide to how the BEDES Dictionary can be brought to market and provide the services for which it was designed.
The U.S. Department of Energy created the Building Energy Data Exchange Specification (BEDES) to facilitate the exchange of information on building characteristics and energy use in an inexpensive and unambiguous manner.
The BEDES Dictionary 1.0 was developed by DOE to support the analysis of the performance of buildings by providing a common set of terms and definitions for building
characteristics, efficiency measures, and energy use.
"Appropriate use of thermal mass can make a big difference to comfort and heating and cooling bills."
"This principle can be utilized with heat storage if the melting point of the phase-change material is about room temperature."
You know what R-value is, but how do they figure it out? And is it really a reliable measure of insulation performance?
"Insulation materials run the gamut from bulky fiber materials such as fiberglass, rock and slag wool, cellulose, and natural fibers to rigid foam boards to sleek foils."
"As the connection point between the glazing and the perimeter details, curtain wall and window framing can help combat heat transfer."
This case study describes a successful zero energy school project in Utah.