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Title: Streamlining Building Efficiency Evaluation with DOE's Asset Score Preview

Abstract

Building Energy Asset Score (Asset Score), developed by the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), is a tool to help building owners and managers assess the efficiency of a building's energy-related systems and encourage investment in cost-effective improvements. The Asset Score uses an EnergyPlus model to provide a quick assessment of building energy performance with minimum user inputs of building characteristics and identifies upgrade opportunities. Even with a reduced set of user inputs, data collection remains a challenge for wide-spread adoption, especially when evaluating a large number of buildings. To address this, Asset Score Preview was developed to allow users to enter as few as seven building characteristics to quickly assess their buildings before a more in-depth analysis. A streamlined assessment from Preview to full Asset Score provides an easy entry point and also enables users who manage a large number of buildings to screen and prioritize buildings that can benefit most from a more detailed evaluation and possible energy efficiency upgrades without intensive data collection.

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Research Org.:
National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)
OSTI Identifier:
1324226
Report Number(s):
NREL/CP-5500-67073
DOE Contract Number:
AC36-08GO28308
Resource Type:
Conference
Resource Relation:
Conference: Presented at the 2016 ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings, 21-26 August 2016, Pacific Grove, California
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
32 ENERGY CONSERVATION, CONSUMPTION, AND UTILIZATION; Building Energy Asset Score; EnergyPlus; building energy performance

Citation Formats

Goel, Supriya, Wang, Nora, Gonzalez, Juan, Horsey, Henry, and Long, Nicholas. Streamlining Building Efficiency Evaluation with DOE's Asset Score Preview. United States: N. p., 2016. Web.
Goel, Supriya, Wang, Nora, Gonzalez, Juan, Horsey, Henry, & Long, Nicholas. Streamlining Building Efficiency Evaluation with DOE's Asset Score Preview. United States.
Goel, Supriya, Wang, Nora, Gonzalez, Juan, Horsey, Henry, and Long, Nicholas. 2016. "Streamlining Building Efficiency Evaluation with DOE's Asset Score Preview". United States. doi:.
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