Friday, February 22, 2013

Commercial Building Energy Asset Score -- Input Requested by US Department of Energy

The U.S Department of Energy (DOE) has developed a preliminary commercial building energy asset score to apply to a large variety of commercial building types across the U.S.  Last week, DOE issued a Request for Information (RFI) to solicit input on key issues associated with this voluntary score. The RFI was published in the Federal Register, and is available here.

If you are interested in providing input regarding the score, please submit your written comments directly to the DOE or to Karen Penafiel at at BOMA International by March 5, 2013; comments direct to the DOE are due March 11, 2013.  

Instructions for submitting comments can be found in the RFI. Please feel free to share this information about the RFI with other interested parties.

Background on the Asset Score and RFI 

The score provides information regarding the efficiency of a building's major energy consuming systems and is intended to enable greater understanding of building performance and potential savings. Through the use of a free, on-line scoring tool, building owners and operators will be able to generate a score along with recommendations for how to improve the efficiency of their buildings. The scoring tool applies standard assumptions about a building's operations (based on building type) in order to calculate a score that reflects the building's energy efficiency, not the behavior of its occupants. More detailed information concerning the scoring methodology and other program features are outlined in a document entitled “Commercial Building Energy Asset Score: Program Overview and Technical Protocol Version 1.0." This Protocol document can be found here.

The RFI seeks input on the following specific program components:

1. Data collection and validation;

2. The asset score report (see sample score report attached to this email); and

3. Score durability.

The RFI provides an overview of the three program components. Additional detail on each of the three topics is provided in the Protocol document noted above.

Pilot Test #2 in Late Spring 2013:

DOE plans to continue to work with commercial building owners and operators to pilot test the score in 2013, as a follow-on to pilot testing done in 2012. During this testing period, DOE will continue to refine the program as well as conduct additional analysis to inform future program development. If you are interested in participating in the pilot, please email with “Interested Pilot” in the subject line.

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