State of Technology & Cost Benefit Assessments

State of Technology & Cost Benefit Assessments

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Other work in the Energy Analytics team examine new technologies and their cost effectiveness. Recent and ongoing work in these areas includes:

HVAC Fault Prevalence Study

A 2020 paper outlines the taxonomy framework that forms part of the foundation for an ongoing study of HVAC fault prevalence in commercial buildings, which will be completed in 2022.

The State of Advanced Measurement and Verification Technology and Industry Application

An article that characterizes the features of sixteen automated M&V software tools, and reports on status of utility programs implementing whole building savings approaches. More information and resources on Berkeley Lab's advanced M&V research can be found here.

Characterization and Survey of Automated Fault Detection and Diagnostics (AFDD)

This framework captures key elements to distinguish the functionality and potential application of AFDD offerings.

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Cost Benefit Analysis of Existing Building and New Construction Commissioning (Cx) Projects

Updated results for Berkeley Lab's seminal study on the costs and benefits of commissioning (previously published 2004 and 2009). Prior studies have been routinely cited by building owners and commissioning providers to make the case for implementing Cx in new and existing buildings, and by policymakers as key background for deployment programs. Berkeley Lab, in partnership with Building Commissioning Association (BCxA), has updated the study and published the work in a 2020 journal article and presentation deck.

Energy Information Systems (EIS): Technology Costs, Benefit and Best Practice Uses

A large-scale assessment of EIS uses, costs, and energy benefits, based on a series of case study investigations synthesized into generalizable findings. The slide presentation version is also available. 

Corporate Delivery of a Global Smart Buildings Program

Results of research conducted to assess the best-practice strategies that corporate campus of Microsoft implemented to achieve these savings, including the fault diagnostic routines that are the foundation of their Energy-Smart Buildings program and organizational change management practices.