Building Management

Advancing Standards in the Built Environment

As my colleague Melissa O’Mara recently wrote, energy efficiency standards are crucial in the journey to achieving high performing buildings. Codes and Standards such as the IECC and ASHRAE Standards 90.1 among many others provide some concrete steps that building managers can follow to increase a building’s energy efficiency.  Often, the standards development process contains cost-effective or cost-neutral criteria in order to further encourage standards adoption.  As you might imagine, the standards development process in itself is a continuous journey, and requires significant effort and collaboration.

As part of Schneider Electric’s commitment to building performance and energy efficiency standards and collaboration to solve the massive energy dilemma the world currently faces, I’m proud to announce that I will be working with the Energy Efficiency Standardization Coordination Collaborative (EESCC), a collaborative of the American Standards Institute (ANSI), as chair to its working group for building energy modeling, rating, and labeling. The group’s focus includes building rating and labeling for energy performance and whole building energy modeling, from design to construction.

I’m honored to be among this distinguished group of building management professionals that will drive the EESCC’s push to establish a standardization roadmap for energy efficiency in the buildings industry. When complete, the roadmap will identify the codes, conformance solutions and standards that are currently available and under development, as well as identify gaps and opportunities.  for advancing energy efficiency in theU.S.  Perhaps the most important outcome will be recommendations to incent or enforce these standards and also building rating  and modeling programs.

In addition to our work as chairs and co-chairs, we will also help the EESCC chart its strategic direction to achieve its deliverables by serving on the EESCC steering committee, which is co-chaired by John Tuccillo from Schneider Electric and Benjamin Goldstein from the US Department of Energy. Broadly, the EESCC aims to boost adoption, awareness and enforcement of codes and standards both in the marketplace and among policy makers.

What recommendations do you think we should consider as we draft the roadmap for energy efficiency standards? What opportunities do you see to create better standards for energy efficiency? Please share your input in the comments below.

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