Assessing Potential Energy Cost Savings from Increased Energy Code Compliance in Commercial Buildings
The US Department of Energy’s most recent commercial energy code compliance evaluation efforts focused on determining a percent compliance rating for states to help them meet requirements under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009. That approach included a checklist of code requirements, each of which was graded pass or fail. Percent compliance for any given building was simply the percent of individual requirements that passed. With its binary approach to compliance determination, the previous methodology failed to answer some important questions. In particular, how much energy cost could be saved by better compliance with the commercial energy code and what are the relative priorities of code requirements from an energy cost savings perspective? This paper explores an analytical approach and pilot study using a single building type and climate zone to answer those questions.
- Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States)
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- 32 ENERGY CONSERVATION, CONSUMPTION, AND UTILIZATION Code compliance; code sensitivity analysis
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