This report is the pdf version of the CBEI Final report and results.
This report provides a meta-analysis of econometric studies, as well as case studies that provides evidence on substantial price and rent premiums that are associated with sustainable buildings in the commercial sector.
This project developed new and improved methods of analyses of energy data that provide new metrics valuable to assist in targeting utility rebate customers for greater energy savings and recruitment of suitable buildings. If utility program managers apply both of those methods to their territory they can improve their outreach effort by focusing on the buildings that will save the most energy and focus on 15% to 28% of their customers depending on the methods they select.
This project developed new features for the DOE SEED platform including the import, storage, and management of data from multiple sources including smart meter interval data. These added tools enable large building portfolio owners to conduct comparative analyses of their portfolios against other portfolio owners, facilitating sharing and collaboration in addition to enabling executive and operational level analyses for actionable intelligence. The enhanced platform easily support energy benchmarking and disclosure initiatives, and can increase public awareness of energy consumption and resource conservation.
Utilities expressed the need to utilize existing and new resources to help them strategically focus their rebate program target areas and enrich their Energy Efficiency program initiatives. To address these needs CBEI developed new analytics for DSM programs (energy efficiency and demand response) based on benchmarking data to show the usability of benchmarking data for utilities. This report quantifies how these analytics helped to improve targeting rebate customers.
CBEI developed a market model for analyzing the potential for policies to improve the advanced energy retrofit market. This study analyzes the potential for disclosure, on-bill financing, energy service performance contracts, and feebates to influence the retrofit market in the Philadelphia region.
The report identifies the primary policy and legal-related process factors in the Greater Philadelphia Area that foster or impede the retrofitting of commercial buildings to improve energy efficiency. Policy factors include the structure of government, specific laws and regulations, government funded or mandated incentives and other financing mechanisms. Processes include legal-related factors that impact energy efficiency construction transactions, like contracts, public bidding process, accounting, etc.
This case study considers the strategy, program structure and financial alternatives for an On-Bill Financing program to be offered by The Navy Yard Electric Utility.
This report focuses on how planning and zoning tools at the municipal level and public-private partnerships can increase uptake of energy retrofits.
The CBEI’s marketing engagement plan for the Certificate of Proficiency in Benchmarking Program consisted of personal outreach and social media outreach. The personal outreach included in person meetings, email, conference calls, and webinar meetings. Each meeting included a brief introduction of Certificate of Proficiency in Benchmarking Program and other online sources of information. A PowerPoint presentation and a survey were also created.
CBEI developed new analytics for benchmarking data that can be used to improve or develop utility DSM programs and thus demonstrate the usability of benchmarking data for utilities. This report compiles the different materials used to present these methods to various stakeholders. The team exceeded their targets for outreach by hosting 2 webinars, presenting in 5 additional events and sharing their findings with over 60 stakeholders.
Intended for property owners, portfolio managers and government officials, the Intermediate and Advanced Level – A Guide to Community-Wide Benchmarking Analysis guides offer further approaches to understanding the movement of Energy Star Portfolio Manager scores and the relationship to specific fuel use types.
The objective of this project was to prepare a change of occupancy code change for the IECC (Section C505) and lay the groundwork for its eventual implementation. This code change and efforts to present it at various meetings of code officials are described in this report.
CBEI conducted a review of current federal historic preservation policies and their impact on energy efficiency retrofits.
During BP5, CBEI worked with NREL and ICF to support the DOE Energy Data Accelerator (EDA). CBEI focused on the stakeholder engagement and communication strategy. The responsibilities involved collecting feedback from municipalities and utilities regarding their success and experience with data aggregation and access strategies. CBEI also assisted the EDA program with the regional aspect of the exit strategy at the end of the Accelerator.