NBI at ACEEE Summer Study

Every other year, energy efficiency advocates from around the world gather at the sleepy Asilomar Conference Grounds in Pacific Grove, Calif., to share what they’ve learned about energy efficiency in buildings. The Summer Study, which runs through this week, is hosted by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) and expects over 1,000 attendees. The conference theme underscores the urgency surrounding much of the work taking place in the energy efficiency field these days:

The Climate for Efficiency is Now.

A cross section of NBI approaches to better the energy performance of commercial buildings are described in six papers being presented at this year’s conference. Below are summaries and links: Harnessing Market Forces to Address the Landlord Tenant Split Incentive in the Commercial Building Market (81.21 KB PDF)

This paper shares the Office of the Future (OTF) technical requirements that direct the installation of suites of measures targeting a reduction in site energy consumption by at least 25% over ASHRAE 90.1-2004 or Title 24-2005. The Future of Energy Codes (101.22 KB PDF)

This paper outlines a list of guiding principles developed by a coalition from the Northwest formed to develop new approaches that will allow codes to continue to have a major impact on reducing building energy consumption. Getting to 50: Drivers and Data of Measured Energy Performance (212.89 KB PDF)

This paper offers an overview of current policy drivers for increased information on low-energy buildings, the case for increased data to support that direction, a summary of the sizes and types of buildings in the GT50 dataset and measures used to strive for low energy use, and the approach and results of a pilot measured performance case study. Hitting the Whole Target: Setting and Achieving Goals for Deep Efficiency Buildings (390.96 KB PDF)

This paper describes target setting, modeling, and performance validation approaches adopted from the outset by the new University of California, Merced campus, including detailed results for one building. Successes and lessons learned in implementing this process can support other building projects on the trajectory toward zero net energy. Toward a Future Model Energy Code for Existing and Historic Buildings (88.91 KB PDF)

This paper discusses the challenges and opportunities in developing a model energy code that could significantly improve energy efficiency in existing buildings. A Tool for Efficient First-Views of Commercial Building Performance Results (199.95 KB PDF)

This paper describes a new method of benchmarking monthly whole building energy. The resulting “first view” can identify the general nature of major building inefficiencies, thus directing further investigation of specific problems.