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Heading for the Mile High City

June 19th, 2013 Comments off

Your city’s flag should be so cool.

Catch your breath, we’ll be having heady discussions in thin air and soon. See you in Denver.

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Adios Dallas

January 31st, 2013 Comments off

Adios Dallas.

As I fly out of Dallas following a busy winter meeting, here are a few of the highlights from the many things going on with TC 7.6. Thanks to Dennis Landsberg who’s subcommittee minutes I pilfered much of this from, and Stanton Stafford for his updates on the Handbook. See the subcommittee minutes for added info.



Bruce Hunn filled us in on DASH and we are recommending to ExCom that ASHRAE partner with the Green Building Alliance to support it. For more info see Bruce’s presentation.

  1. Report on completion of NIST project for DASH web interface development.
  2. ASHRAE’s role in review, testing, applications  – where to go from here?  TC 7.6 will be the driver.
  3. Seminar on Bldg Performance Metrics for Denver (including DASH) – presumably this will be going through the TC 7.6 Program Subcommittee.
  4. PMP and BP Guide case studies:  Hunn and Haberl have a draft RTAR for review.
  5. Fire Service database – :Bruce Hunn has had discussions with a consultant, Jeff Snow, regarding this possibility.

Noteworthy news

  1. 2009 RECS has energy data and floor area data finally, floor area makes more sense now, but changed from 2005
  2. EPA is planning to update the Home Energy Yardstick based on 2009 RECS
  3. EPMI has released a multifamily building energy benchmarking tool for testing, based on 2005 RECS, State of Wisconsin has tested and likes it.
  4. 2012 CBECS is supposed to be collecting data this year
  5. is worth checking out. It compiles current state of ratings and certifications status, brought to you by IMT and NRDC.
  6. Discussion – DOE SEED platform is in testing – actuarial methods being pursued for analysis using SEED data were discussed at ACEEE Summer Study. (Paul Mathew at LBNL and Kris Subbarro PNNL) are key analysts)
  7. Data Access and Transparency Alliance
  8. Superior Energy Performance – beta testing continues.
  9. Developments from ISO 242 – Energy Management
    1. ISO 50001 – Energy Management – Superior Energy Performance is an outgrowth of  ISO 50001
    2. ISO 50003-  Conformity assessment — Requirements for bodies providing certification audits of energy management systems audits and auditor competency.
    3. ISO 50004 – Energy Management Systems Requirements
    4. ISO 50015 – Measurement and Verification of Organizational Energy Performance — General Principles and Guidelines
  10. Activities in Europe- Adam Hinge – Title “Energy Performance of Buildings” and then have the following subtitles
    1. Assessment of overall energy performance (ISO 16346)
    2. Common terms, definitions and symbols for the overall energy performance rating and certification (ISO 16344, first prepared as ISO Technical Report)
    3. Methods for expressing energy performance and for energy certification of buildings (ISO 16343)
    4.  Presentation of measured energy use of buildings (ISO 12655)
  11. There are also some relevant projects going on through the Building Performance Institute Europe and Global Buildings Performance Network.
  12. ANSI Energy Efficiency Standardization Coordination – ANSI/ESSCC – Lilas Pratt ASHRE liason.  Organize and raise awareness of standards.
  13. Specifications for Energy Information Systems – LBNL and PNNL – workshop end of February at LBNL, Berkeley CA.


a)    Standard 100 update. Committee reviewing comments.
b)    Standard 105 update. Committee reviewing comments –second round.
c)    Guideline 14 update. Reviewing comments.
d)    Standard 189.1 errata published May 2012.
e)    Standard 211 Commercial Building Energy Audits  – new standard – first meeting held this morning
f)     TC 9.9 development of an energy standard for data centers- Std. 90.4.


62 active RP’s, over $12M. Backlog is low. Emphasis on TC research over unsolicited research proposals. Research will hold a program at Denver meeting to explain research process for interested members.

  1. RTAR 1648 – rejected by RAC, DSE to follow up with Mark Case & Ross Montgomery. May overlap with PNNL’s work.
  2. WS 1608 – conditionally accepted, Reid Hart making minor updates requested by RAC.
  3. RP 1651 – Work in progress – have released list of over 300 EEMs. You may have seen a survey posted on bldg-sim listserv. Open into February.
  4. RP 1633 – work is in progress.
  5. bEQ expecting to submit new RTAR by Denver meeting.
  6. New RTAR – Bruce Hunn will present a draft RTAR to the committee pertaining to Performance Measurement Protocols case studies.


Bruce Hunn is compiling a program, probably for the NYC meeting that will include presentations on high performance buildings databases, energy information platforms, and energy information communication protocols. We may also have a seminar on building modeling case studies for Denver.


The Handbook Committee is working to refocus Chapter 41 – Building Energy Monitoring (BEM) with designs on making the chapter an up-to-date, BEM resource for building owners, operators and energy practitioners. Discussions in Dallas revolved around developing new content that addresses the “Why, What, How and How Much?” of BEM, including dashboard graphics and real-world examples that highlight how data analysis and trend overlays can be used to help diagnose, fix and/or optimize system performance, and integrating resources like the Performance Measurement Protocol Best Practices Guide, ASHRAE Guideline 14, ISO 50001 and the National Electric Code. The Handbook Committee is also working on a refresh for Chapter 36 – Energy Use and Management. For Chapter 36, the Committee is proposing the addition of a new section on Source EUI that references ASHRAE Standard 105, new paragraphs related to water as a utility/cost that affects energy management, integrating benchmarking data from sources like ASHRAE’s Building Energy Quotient (bEQ), and updating sections related to energy audits using ASHRAE’s Procedures for Commercial Building Energy Audits, Second Edition.


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Upcomming Dallas, Denver Conference Deadlines

August 20th, 2012 Comments off

Dallas Arts District ASHRAE is headed back to Texas in January.

Here are a few key upcoming deadlines and notices:

  • 2013 Annual Conference in Denver: The conference features a Research Summit, with a large portion of the program devoted to technical papers, conference papers, seminars and forums directed toward researchers.
  • 2013 Annual Conference in Denver: Conference paper abstracts and complete Technical Papers are due September 24th.
  • 2013 Annual Conference in Denver: The conference also features a mini-conference on Integrated Project Delivery (IPD).  Programs and papers for this program will focus on success and
    lessons learned with IPD, as well as individual roles in IPD collaboration. Entire team presentations are encouraged.
  • The Speaker registration fee for the Dallas and Denver Conferences is a flat $95 for members and non-members.  The Speaker registration (session chairs, forum moderators and presenters) includes access to the entire technical program and the Virtual Conference.

Thanks to Jay Enck for this update.

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See y’all in San Antone

June 20th, 2012 Comments off

Hope to see ya’ll where the stars at night are big and bright… deep in the heart of Texas!

Our San Antonio meeting is on Tuesday June 26, from 1-3:30.  Please let me or Michael know if you have any additions or changes to the posted agenda.  We will be voting on a proposed standard on historic buildings among other items.

You can find out more information about TC 7.6 in San Antonio or more about the San Antonio meeting on the main ASHRAE website.

Note that the TC is also Sponsoring: Seminar 1: Breaking Boundaries in Building Controls Integration.

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Energy Efficiency Guide for Existing Commercial Buildings

February 20th, 2012 Comments off

Originally presented on December 12, 2011 to US Department of Energy – you can see a 24 slide executive summary that outlines the guide development, content and recommendations for the Existing Buildings Technical Implementation Guide.

This guide is the second in a series of planned Energy Efficient Guides for Existing Commercial Buildings (EEG-EB) developed by the Ameri­can Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) in collaboration with the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IES), and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), and supported by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). While the first guide in the series provided the business case for improving energy efficiency, this guide provides technical guidance on how to increase a building’s energy efficiency.

This guide is intended for building engineers and managers and assumes a working technical knowledge of building systems both gener­ally and for the reader’s specific building. The guide demonstrates ways to measure a building’s energy efficiency, track that efficiency, develop an energy efficiency plan, and provides guidance on implementing the developed plan. The goal is to provide clear and easily understood techni­cal guidance for energy upgrades, retrofits, and renovations, by which building engineers and managers can achieve at least a 30% improvement in energy performance relative to a range of benchmark energy utilization indexes (EUIs). The document provides practical means and methods for planning, executing, and monitoring an effective program, based on widely available technical strategies and technologies.

The Energy Efficiency Guide for Existing Commercial Buildings: The Business Case for Building Owners and Managers

This is the first in a series of Energy Efficiency Guides (EEGs) for existing buildings and is aimed at providing the business case for energy efficiency to building owners and managers. The Guide provides the rationale for making economic decisions related to improving and sustaining energy efficiency in existing buildings. The goal is to enable building owners to undertake the processes for evaluating current operations and do the economic analysis of options for improvement. The Guide demonstrates ways to benchmark performance against comparable buildings; illustrates ways under which energy use and cost can be reduced by at least 30%; and details how this can be done,  all while minimizing capital investment and maximizing return on investment. It further identifies additional measures that can achieve even greater energy efficiencies and cost savings in economical ways.

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