Thursday, December 12, 2013
10:00 – 11:15am CST
This policy webinar will include an overview of ACEEE’s 2013 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard and methodology, and presentations highlighting the Midwest region’s success with utility energy efficiency programs and building code adoption and compliance.
View the scorecard here: http://aceee.org/state-policy/scorecard
Agnes Mrozowski, Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, Special Advisor to the Director
Alison Lindburg, Fresh Energy, Senior Policy Associate
Annie Downs, ACEEE, State Policy Research Analyst
Danielle Jensen, Nebraska Energy Office, Public and Legislative Liaison
Michelle Cross, AEP Ohio, CEI Program Coordinator
We hope you will join us as we take a deeper look at the ACEEE’s 2013 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard.
Deep energy retrofits take a whole building approach to achieve dramatic energy savings. Standard energy efficiency work typically upgrades individual systems such as lighting or HVAC systems with better performing technologies. These target 15 to 20 percent savings for a 10 to 15 percent return on investment. Using a design-centered, holistic approach to a retrofit project, where upgrades to multiple building systems are combined, (either jointly or as a planned sequence over a number of years), can reap substantially higher energy savings – dramatic energy savings of 50% or greater are achieved alongside optimal building performance.
For this no cost webinar, join Better Buildings Alliance members Carlos Santamaria, of property manager/investor firm Glenborough, and James McClendon, of retail giant of Walmart, as they discuss their experiences implementing deep energy retrofits. Cara Carmichael, of the Rocky Mountain Institute, will share best practices gleaned from their support of numerous deep energy retrofit projects across the country. Find out if deep energy retrofits could be right for your building(s)?
DOE EERE Better Buildings Webinar – Deep Energy Retrofits
December 3, 2013
2-3pm CST / 3-4pm EST
Registration Link: https://www4.gotomeeting.com/register/454307479
From System Efficiency Improvements in
Iowa’s HVAC SAVE Program
Building Technologies Program
Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
U.S. Department of Energy
S. Yee, J. Baker, L. Brand, J. Wells
Partnership for Advanced Residential Retrofit
Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (MEEA)
20 N. Wacker Dr. Suite 1301
Chicago, IL 60606
NREL Technical Monitor: Stacey Rothgeb
Prepared Under Subcontract No. KNDJ
The objective of the Iowa HVAC System Adjusted and Verified Efficiency (SAVE) program is to train contractors to measure installed system efficiency as a diagnostic tool that can then be used to reduce space heating and cooling energy consumption. For heating system performance, SAVE provides training in energy measurement tools, techniques used to tune furnaces, and procedures to reduce losses from duct distribution systems. Through a system efficiency approach, the program ensures that the homeowner achieves the energy reduction target for the home rather than simply performing a tune-up on the furnace or having a replacement furnace added to a leaky system. This report uses pre- and post-system upgrade data to analyze the energy savings associated with Iowa’s HVAC SAVE program for space heating.
The research conducted here first examined baseline energy usage from a sample of 48 existing homes, before any repairs or adjustments were made, to calculate an average energy savings potential and to determine which system deficiencies were prevalent.
Test procedures used in the SAVE program consisted of measuring airflow, static pressure, and temperature across several components and the whole system to determine how well the furnace was performing compared to the manufacturer’s specifications and where the losses were occurring
After an initial assessment, duct distribution systems were sealed and insulated and in some cases additional drops were added from the return duct to the furnace to improve airflow.
The results of the baseline study of 48 homes found that on average about 10% of the space heating energy available from the furnace was not reaching the conditioned space.
Thirty-one of the 48 homes were identified as having a return duct that was too small to meet the required airflow across the heat exchanger, while 43 of the 48 showed that the static pressure across the filter significantly reduced the airf low due to face area, blockage, or improper selection.
In the second part of the project, the team examined a sample of 10 homes that had completed the initial evaluation for more in-depth study. In these homes, the furnaces were tuned or replaced and duct systems were modified. Four homes had equipment replacement and duct upgrades, and six homes had system tune-ups for both furnaces and ducts.
For these 10 homes, the diagnostic data show that it is possible to deliver up to 23% more energy from the furnace to the conditioned space by doing system tune-ups (furnaces and ducts) with or without upgrading the furnace.
The increase in system efficiency from this study also varied significantly, but it appears from the results that it is possible to deliver 80%–90% of the heat generated by the furnace to the conditioned space. Replacing the furnace provides additional energy reduction. The findings of this study indicate that residential heating and cooling equipment should be tested and improved as a system rather than as a collection of individual components.
The full study can be found here.
More than 1,500 youth and 600 adults exercised their efficiency knowledge at the Lights for Learning booth at the Illinois State Fair in August—many were drawn by the ever-popular energy bike. Heavy family foot traffic made for a very active nine days under the big top where, for the sixth year, Lights for Learning had a prime location in the Discovery Tent within Conservation World.
The Lights for Learning booth offered something for everyone, but the biggest enticement was the chance to ride the energy bike. Peddling hard, riders struggled to power a row of incandescent bulbs, but with the flip of the switch, their peddle power transferred to CFL bulbs and the results lit up faces, young and old. A new addition to Lights for Learning, the tempting spin of the Wheel of Energy Efficiency engaged passing families. The wheel quizzed youth on energy efficiency, conservation, the ENERGY STAR® program and renewable resources.
Each year, Conservation World focuses on the pioneering spirit of the Midwest, offering programs on raptors, reptiles, hunting and fishing; samples of locally made honey; and access to information about state natural areas and conservation efforts. Lights for Learning spent time alongside the Department of Natural Resources, the water conservation table, and the Illinois State Museum. The fair saw record attendance this year as nearly 920,000 people made their way through the fairgrounds.
MEEA looks forward to engaging the families we met at the fair through Lights for Learning presentations and fundraisers throughout the year. Learn more about last year’s successes and community impact at here.
MEEA, along with other members of the Partnership for Advanced Residential Retrofit (PARR) team, has worked to analyzed and evaluated the measure packages commonly installed in the Illinois Home Performance (IHP) program. MEEA found that IHP homes are not typically installing the most cost effective measure packages, but instead are installing measures that satisfy goals other than just cost optimality. This research is important to MEEA’s Illinois Home Performance program because it helps to summarize current retrofit practices and highlight potential missed opportunities.
The full study can be read here.
MEEA Co-Authors U.S. Department of Energy’s Improving Gas Furnace Performance: A Field and Laboratory Study at End of Life.
MEEA worked in conjunction with our Partnership for Advanced Residential Retrofit (PARR) team members to collect and analyze working furnaces that were removed from Iowa homes. The purpose of this research was to investigate the impact of age degradation and typical installation practices on the steady-state furnace efficiency. This research found that ‘typical’ field installation practices result in less than optimal steady state efficiency and that normal furnace equipment age degradation does not impact steady state efficiency. This research is important to MEEA’s HVAC SAVE program because it supports the principal that improved installation practices, similar to what is taught in the HVAC SAVE program, can improve a furnace’s in field operating efficiency.
A manuscript was recently released by Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT) and the National Home Performance Council (NHPC), Unlocking the Value of an Energy Efficient Home – A Blueprint to Make Energy Efficiency Improvements Visible in the Real Estate Market. This “Blueprint” document demonstrates different means to affirm energy efficiency improvements have been made to existing homes. Will Baker and Steve Kismohr contributed content, as well as peer reviewed the document prior to publishing.
Within the paper, a step-by-step methodology is used to explain the necessary documentation and verification requirements, as well as the benefits of a standardized methodology for confirming energy efficiency improvements. If documentation, such as an Illinois Home Performance Certificate, is included when marketing a home or during the real estate transaction, it lends a clear indication to Appraisers, Realtors®, buyers, and sellers what work was completed. The process allows for greater transparency in the real estate transaction and brings added value to homes – allowing homeowners a method to recoup their upgrade investment at the time of sale.
A webinar introducing the document will be presented on Wednesday, October 2 at 11am CDT. The event is produced by CNT Energy, NHPC, and the Appraisal Institute and will discuss the 7 steps the energy efficiency industry should take to unlock the value of efficiency in the real estate market. Register here: https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/369773318
As a means to further expand these ideas into the Illinois marketplace, MEEA has recently released a Request for Proposal to create an Energy Efficiency Continuing Education Series focused on educating Realtors®, Managing Brokers, and Appraisers. The RFP seeks proposals from continuing education providers currently licensed by the Illinois Department of Financial & Professional Regulation, IDFPR, for a series of classes to be held in 2013-14. Course topics are to include the basics of energy efficiency, understanding home performance metrics, and the process of third-party verification specific to Illinois. Like the content in Unlocking the Value of an Energy Efficient Home, with such knowledge, real estate professionals can assist homeowners capture the monetary value of investments made during home energy upgrades.
Selected applications will receive funding that can be used as an instant tuition discount for students – helping drive demand for students to take the selected courses. All information, including the RFP and submittal information, can be found at www.illinoishomeperformance.org/realestate. Applications are due via e-mail by 5 PM CST on Wednesday, October 16th.
For more information on the Illinois Home Performance Program or on this RFP, please contact Ms. Kelsey Horton at (866) 395-1032 ext. 1 or at email@example.com.
MEEA’s Senior Technical Manager, Steve Kismohr, recently spoke at the 10th Annual Midwest Greening the Heartland / BUILDING Chicago Conference held September 9-11, at the Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza. Steve spoke on a panel entitled, “The Role of Advocacy, Alternative Power & Incentives in the Era of Clean Energy,” explaining the value of energy efficiency as an investment, job creator, as well as the high amount of actual energy savings that have been realized in the Midwest. He suggested how energy efficiency could be termed the new “renewable” resource. First, due to its relatively low cost investment per return compared to upfront capital costs of other renewable sources of energy production, such as solar or wind power. Energy efficiency also has the ability to be implemented multiple times in different locations or through different techniques in the same building.
Steve also highlighted the role building energy benchmarking has become – a means to establish a measured baseline of annual energy use for an entire building. Such information can be utilized to make more informed energy decisions on a building level, compare annual energy use of a group or portfolio of buildings, and track city or state wide reduction outcomes related to governmental sustainability goals. Without compiling and analyzing this data from utility bills or directly from utility providers through their automated energy disclosure process, (for example, see ComEd’s Energy Usage Data Tool), building owners have little information to gauge their current energy use or determine where to invest to remain economically competitive.
The panel was moderated by Susan King, Architect and Principal at Harley Ellis Devereaux. She used the power plant closers of Fisk and Crawford, located in urban Chicago and owned by Midwest Generation, to frame the discussion. She inquired the panel if the increase of incentives and/or renewable power production was influential in the plants’ closure. Robert Kelter, Senior Attorney at the Environmental Law & Policy Center and one of the panelists, noted it was likely a multitude of factors which contributed to the closures. He suggested advocacy work completed by residents living close to the plant, as well as regulatory and fuel cost changes brought on this change. He also noted behavior change of building occupants can also lead to increased energy savings. Mike Waldinger, Executive Vice President at AIA Illinois, finished the discussion by emphasizing the fact that change does not happen immediately. Often major changes in the way we do things, as well as advocacy work, move along slowly until some catalyst (action or person) brings about critical mass to the issue. This additional force catapults the change forward to a resolution.
The panel was selected from over 442 proposed submissions with the total event drawing 500 attendees from 27 states, mainly from the Midwest. The Conference was produced jointly by Building Design+Construction, the U.S. Green Building Council – Illinois Chapter, and AIA Chicago, with additional support from the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce and the Builders Association.
On September 11, 2013, the City of Chicago passed a building energy benchmarking and disclosure policy for public, commercial, and high rise residential buildings making it the ninth city in the U.S. and second city in the Midwest to pass this kind of ordinance. Building owners, investors, and operation managers in the City will now have better information to understand the efficiency levels within their buildings. The City of Chicago will also have a better means and ability to track the energy use reductions related to their Sustainable Chicago 2015 Plan.
In their press release, the City of Chicago noted the ordinance was supported by a coalition of more than 80 leading organizations from Chicago’s real estate, energy, and environmental communities, as well as building professional organizations. These groups, including MEEA, supported the measure because of its potential to grow Chicago’s energy efficiency market, create green jobs, and spur continued investment in the city’s existing building stock.
The ordinance requires building owners and managers to submit annual, energy use data for buildings greater than 50,000 square feet to the City of Chicago. This affects roughly 1% of all structures within the city, representing approximately 22% of the energy use. The Ordinance utilizes an industry standard, web based program for submission – EPA’s Energy Star Portfolio Manager. The disclosure requirement is coupled with a phased-in and transparency commitment by the City to release the energy use statistics to the public. Residential buildings will have additional time to collect their data, submit it, and before it becomes publically available. Below is an outline of this timeframe:
- Commercial and Public Buildings larger than 250,000 square feet to submit their first year of energy use data by June 2014 and every year after on the same date (i.e. annual energy use).
- Commercial and Public Buildings greater than 50,000 square feet must submit their first year of energy use data by June 2015 and every year after on the same date (i.e. annual energy use).
- Residential Buildings larger than 250,000 square feet to submit their first year of energy use data by June 2015 and every year after on the same date (i.e. annual energy use).
- Residential Buildings greater than 50,000 square feet must submit their first year of energy use data by June 2016 and every year after on the same date (i.e. annual energy use).
- The first submission of information for all building types will not be disclosed to the public. The second year of data submission will be made public, most likely through the City of Chicago Data Portal. Individual contact information of the building owners and all individual tenants will remain private. Data will likely be ascribed to the address of the building or by census tract.
Unlike other ordinances passed in Austin, TX, New York, NY, and San Francisco, CA where mandated upgrades were included, the Chicago version requires building owners only to disclose their annual energy use data. Aggregated on a building wide basis, this quantifies the total energy use for the building as a whole into an EUI or “energy use intensity” score. The City will rely on market forces and/or building owner choice to implement energy saving projects or upgrades.
As energy use data becomes available through disclosure, it will allow building owners, tenants, building professionals, and potential investors to make more informed decisions on the buildings they design, operate, and consider for investing. Businesses who decide to implement energy efficiency measures gain additional opportunity to be more economically competitive.
For further information, please contact Steve Kismohr, Sr. Technical Manager at the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance, at 312.784.7257 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Illinois Home Performance Delivers 1,000th Completion Certificate
Illinois Home Performance with ENERGY STAR (IHP), a Home Performance with ENERGY STAR program administered by the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance, saw phenomenal growth over the last year. Over 1,000 homeowners qualified to receive IHP Silver and Gold Certificates that recognize savings of 15% or more on their home energy upgrades with several thousand more upgrades on the horizon for the coming program year.Homeowners are recognizing the value of their efficiency investments by listing their IHP Certificates on the local Multiple Listing Services (MLS). Illinois’s largest MLS, MRED, has a checkbox for Illinois Home Performance, and in the coming year IHP will be involved in continuing education for real estate agents. As a statewide program that serves homeowners in all six Illinois investor owned utility territories, IHP is uniquely positioned to deliver consistent statewide marketing and education at all levels of the real estate transaction chain. IHP looks forward to another tremendous year of advancing home performance in Illinois.IHP joined the national HPwES Program in 2011 and has issued 1,075 silver and 23 gold certificates to date.
Learn more about IHP’s Completion Certificates.