There is growing recognition that whole-building-focused approaches to energy efficiency hold great promise in realizing deep and persistent energy savings in commercial buildings. Utility programs are increasingly exploring whole-building strategies that move beyond traditional component-based interventions, and the industry is seeing a movement toward continuous energy improvement practices that may include ongoing commissioning, strategic energy management, as well as retrofits and the implementation of advanced control and information technologies.
These program designs naturally lend themselves to measured, whole-building savings quantification, as opposed to deemed or calculated savings. In addition, they have the potential to generate deeper energy savings than single-measure approaches, and are being increasingly pursued in the northwest region.
The efficiency program industry, however, has historically relied nearly exclusively on deemed or calculated savings, and has adhered to evaluation, measurement and verification processes that are costly and time consuming. Analytics tools offer the potential to streamline the measurement and verification (M&V) process by automating the M&V approach, yet key questions must be addressed before they can be applied with confidence.
Current Stage: Technology Research & Development