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.
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This guide provides an overview of the different energy audit options available and information on how to select an energy auditor.
This guide discusses how to achieve greater energy efficiency through occupancy behavior analysis and energy auditing to create targeted and strategic behavior change.
This report describes miscellaneous electric loads (MELs), the assessment and monitoring of building loads, and how to implement a MEL reduction strategy in lodging facilities.
This report describes miscellaneous electric loads (MELs), the assessment and monitoring of these loads, and how to implement a MEL reduction strategy in banking facilities.
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.
The Building Controls Virtual Test Bed (BCVTB) is a software environment that allows expert users to couple different simulation programs for co-simulation, and to couple simulation programs with actual hardware. For example, the BCVTB allows to simulate a building in EnergyPlus and the HVAC and control system in Modelica, while exchanging data between the software as they simulate. The BCVTB allows expert users of simulation to expand the capabilities of individual programs by linking them to other programs. Due to the different programs that may be involved in distributed simulation, familiarity with configuring programs is essential.
The scorecard provides a spreadsheet template for collecting and tracking building data related to energy performance modeling.
This case study details Cleveland Clinic’s conversion to LED lighting in its six-story, 3,000-space 100th Street parking garage, using the Commercial Building Energy Alliances (CBEA) High-Efficiency Parking Structure Lighting specification. Cleveland Clinic used the specification to prepare its request for proposals, which was sent to six manufacturers, with five submitting bids. The case study details the criteria used to evaluate the bids and illustrates a comparison between the existing 200-watt high-pressure sodium (HPS) system and the LED replacement system.
This report outlines the technical protocol used to generate Department of Energy's Commercial Building Energy Asset Score for commercial buildings, explains the scoring methodology, and provides additional details regarding the Asset Scoring Tool. This report also describes alternative methods that were considered prior to developing the current approach. Finally, this report describes a few features of the program where alternative approaches are still under evaluation.