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Best Management Practices with B3 and Benchmarking

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Katie Jones, GreenCorps Member with the Minnesota Clean Energy Resource Teams, provides an introduction to the Minnesota B3 Benchmarking system for buildings to help local governments and schools get …

Katie Jones, GreenCorps Member with the Minnesota Clean Energy Resource Teams, provides an introduction to the Minnesota B3 Benchmarking system for buildings to help local governments and schools get started.

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  • 1. CERTs Energy Benchmarking Using B3Katie JonesCERTs GreenCorps Member
  • 2. Contents1. Why care about energy?2. Managing energy3. Benchmarking in B3: Step-by- Step4. Implementing best management practices: Step- by-Step 7 www.CleanEnergyResourceTeams.org
  • 3. Why care about energy? Energy Costs Accidental spillsServing as a model Ocean acidificationfor the community Habitat disturbance Mountain top Step toward self-sufficiency removal Why do you care about energyNational security consumption? Mercury deposition Acid rain Acid mine drainage Air quality Groundwater Money contamination Responsible use of tax dollars www.CleanEnergyResourceTeams.org
  • 4. Why care about energy? Energy Cost Trends ($/ft^3) Natural Gas ($/CFU) Electricity (Cents/kwh) 12.00 10.00Cost / unit 8.00 Heating/AC – 55% 6.00 4.00 2.00 0.00 Lights, electronics– 20% 1989 1994 1999 2004 2009 Year Average Retail Commercial Price of Electricity and Natural Gas in MN: Appliances – 15% Overall increase in energy price over the last two decades. Data from the US Energy Information Administration.1 www.CleanEnergyResourceTeams.org
  • 5. Managing energy Managing Energy“You can’t manage what you don’t measure.” -unknown-Student’s knowledge Thermal comfort Building performancemeasured by a report measured by a measured by energy usage by card thermostat benchmarking www.CleanEnergyResourceTeams.org
  • 6. Managing energy Energy Management Strategy1. Develop an energy 3. Determine if an energy management team. policy already exists and investigate it. Stakeholders? Building managersAccounts payable staff Administrators Maintenance workers City officials Principals 2. Schedule regular Teachers meetingsCommunity members (monthly/bimonthly). Students www.CleanEnergyResourceTeams.org
  • 7. Managing energy Accountability4. Set goals. Hold one another accountable. Make goals concrete, easily understandable, and comparable (kBTU/ft^2/yr)Make goals public • Newsletters • Signage • TV and radio • Website5. Provide fun rewards • Limbo by a principal, mayor, students etc. for each met goal • Host tour of building improvements www.CleanEnergyResourceTeams.org
  • 8. Managing energyEnergy Management StrategyQuick review:1. Develop energy management team2. Schedule regular meetings3. Investigate energy policy4. Set goals.5. Provide fun rewards Questions? www.CleanEnergyResourceTeams.org
  • 9. B3: Step-by-step B3 Basics B3 = Buildings, Benchmarks, and BeyondUses engineering algorithms to model how much energybuildings should be using based on current building code.2000 – B3 Sustainability Guidelines developed2002 – Law c398-H.F. No.2972 enacted2004 – MNBenchmarking.com launched62011 – Coming soon, redesign! www.CleanEnergyResourceTeams.org
  • 10. B3: Step-by-step B3 PollHow confident are you in your ability to utilize B3?A. Very – I can input building and utility data and use the reporting tab.B. Fairly – I can input building and utility data.C. Somewhat – I can input utility data, but not much else.D. Not at all – I’ve never used B3.B3 Link : http://www.mnbenchmarking.com/ www.CleanEnergyResourceTeams.org
  • 11. B3: Step-by-step B3 Organization Overview 2 31 4 www.CleanEnergyResourceTeams.org
  • 12. B3: Step-by-stepB3 Site Overview 1 2 3 4www.CleanEnergyResourceTeams.org
  • 13. B3: Step-by-step B3 Step 1 - Profile1. Create complete profiles for all buildings www.CleanEnergyResourceTeams.org
  • 14. B3: Step-by-step B3 Step 2 – Utility data2. Update utility data going back at least 3 years if the data is available www.CleanEnergyResourceTeams.org
  • 15. B3: Step-by-step B3 Step 3 – Focus Building3. Prioritize buildings with greatest potential for improvement Energy Use Intensity Use ratio of actual Visual view of ratio to “expected” use meter/benchmark www.CleanEnergyResourceTeams.org
  • 16. B3: Step-by-step B3 Step 4: Energy sectors 4. Get a sense of the sector with the greatest share of energy use/costElectricity = 73% of energy cost Natural Gas = 27% of energy costs www.CleanEnergyResourceTeams.org
  • 17. B3: Step-by-step B3 Step 5: Track energy5. Track energy use over time www.CleanEnergyResourceTeams.org
  • 18. B3: Step-by-step B3 Step 6: Utilize B3 Extras• “Versioning” – when adding space/renovating create a new version so that energy use is comparable across time• “Energy Star” – the EPA’s energy rating system, provides a score based on “statistically representative models that are used to compare your building against similar buildings from a national survey conducted by the Department of Energy’s Energy Information Administration.” EPA Energy Star Portfolio Manager www.CleanEnergyResourceTeams.org
  • 19. B3: Step-by-step B3 Review1. Profile – Enter complete building profile data.2. Utility data – Enter complete utility data.3. Focus building - Determine the focus building.4. Energy type – Understand the energy make-up of the building.5. Track energy – Evaluate building performance over time6. Utilize B3 extras Questions? www.CleanEnergyResourceTeams.org
  • 20. Implementing Best Management PracticesBest Management Practices (BMPs) : specific methods which have been proven effective and practical for reducing energy use1. MN Electricity Use Pie2. Immediate & easy 1. Building performance evaluation 2. No/low cost energy efficiency *Major3. Longer term & more effort 1. Building performance evaluation investment is 2. Capital improvements ALWAYS the LAST4. Review step* www.CleanEnergyResourceTeams.org
  • 21. Implementing Best Management PracticesBest Management Practices (BMPs) : specific methods which have been proven effective and practical for reducing energy use1. MN Electricity Use Pie2. Immediate & easy 1. Building performance evaluation 2. No/low cost energy efficiency *Major3. Longer term & more effort 1. Building performance evaluation investment is 2. Capital improvements ALWAYS the LAST4. Review step* www.CleanEnergyResourceTeams.org
  • 22. MN Electricty PollWhat sectors consumes the most energy in MN?A. IndustryB. TransportationC. Buildings www.CleanEnergyResourceTeams.org
  • 23. Minnesota Electricity Pie ResidentialWhich has the highest energy Other 4 Heating 32consumption in MN, industry, Water Heat 13transportation, or buildings? Lights 12 Cooling 10 Refrigeration 9 Washing 5 Electronics 5 Cooking 5 Industry Computers 1 28% 39% 0 5 10 15 20 25 30 35 Transportation % of total electric use Commercial Other 10 Buildings 33% Lights 28 Heating 16 Cooling 13 Water HeatCommercial and residential buildings - Ventilation 7 7Do they consume energy in the same Office Equipment 7way? Refrigeration 4 Computer 3 Cooking 2 0 5 10 15 20 25 30 % of total electric use www.CleanEnergyResourceTeams.org
  • 24. Implementing Best Management PracticesBest Management Practices (BMPs) : specific methods which have been proven effective and practical for reducing energy use1. MN Electricity Use Pie2. Immediate & easy 1. Building performance evaluation 2. No/low cost energy efficiency *Major3. Longer term & more effort 1. Building performance evaluation investment is 2. Capital improvements ALWAYS the LAST4. Review step* www.CleanEnergyResourceTeams.org
  • 25. BMPs: Immediate and Easy Building EvaluationWalk-through: A tour of the building during different operational periods (i.e. during business hours, after hours, during major events).• Take note of the following: – Lighting – Electronic equipment – Temperature/humidity – Noticeable building damage – Staff expertise and knowledge• Pros and cons: – Pros: self-guided, low cost, many low cost opportunities – Cons: technical opportunities will likely be missed www.CleanEnergyResourceTeams.org
  • 26. BMPs: Immediate and Easy No/Low Cost PracticesLighting – No Cost • Turn off when not in use! • Daylight – Use sunlight when available and arrange furniture so that sunlight does not cause glares. • Delamping - Evaluate how much lighting individuals need to work and remove unnecessary lamps. U of M light switch Daylight-lit room Delamped lamp sticker reminder www.CleanEnergyResourceTeams.org
  • 27. BMPs: Immediate and Easy No/Low Cost PracticesLighting – Low Cost • Automatic lighting controls - Use occupancy sensors, especially in bathrooms, closets, hallways, or other occasionally used areas. • LEDs – Use especially in “Exit” signs and security lights that must always be on. LED exit sign Occupancy sensor www.CleanEnergyResourceTeams.org
  • 28. BMPs: Immediate and Easy No/Low Cost PracticesLighting - Resources:• Visit the One Stop Efficiency Shop for rebates http://www.mncee.org/programs_bldgs_facilities/commercial_lighting/index.php• Xcel Efficiency Library http://www.xcelenergy.com/SiteCollectionDocuments/docs/frameset-ca-office-buildings.html• Department of Energy - Energy Savers- Lighting http://www.energysavers.gov/your_home/lighting_daylighting/index.cfm/mytopic=11980 www.CleanEnergyResourceTeams.org
  • 29. BMPs: Immediate and Easy No/Low Cost PracticesBuilding Envelope – Low Cost• Don’t forget your storm windows• Seal windows and doors • Rope caulk weatherstripping • Door sweeps • Caulking cracks www.CleanEnergyResourceTeams.org
  • 30. No/Low Cost PracticesComputer – No cost• Signs and reminders to do the following: •Unplug when you leave • Use powerstrips for easy reach • Use sleep mode when you step away Phantom Load= Using power when your • Unplug/switch off powerstrips for printers/fax electronics are turned off machines/scanners Computer Display, CRT Computer Display, LCD Computer, desktop $700.00 $600.00 $572 $504 $500.00 Cost /year $400.00 $300.00 $213 $200.00 $163 $94 $100.00 $- $6 $8 $21 $10 Off Sleep On www.CleanEnergyResourceTeams.org www.CleanEnergyResourceTeams.org/
  • 31. No/Low Cost PracticesComputer – Resources• Energy Star Low Carbon IT Campaign:http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=power_mgt.pr_power_mgt_low_carbon• Climate Savers Computing:•http://www.climatesaverscomputing.org/learn/saving-energy-at-home/• Minnesota Pollution Control Agency – Energy Savings Case Studyhttp://www.pca.state.mn.us/index.php/living-green/living-green-government/state-agency-sustainability-action-plans/energy-savings-mpca-sustainability-action-plan.html www.CleanEnergyResourceTeams.org
  • 32. No/Low Cost Practices Appliances – No cost • Put little-used appliances on powerstrips • Down-size number of appliances Appliances - Low(ish) cost • When purchasing new appliances, buy EnergyStar • Utilize low flow faucet aerators and pre-rinse spray valves to reduce hot water usePre-rinse spray valve Faucet aerator $30-40 ea. $1-5 ea. www.CleanEnergyResourceTeams.org
  • 33. No/Low Cost PracticesEffective Scheduling – No cost• Are buildings occupied during the evening, over weekends and/orholidays? •Check if heating and lighting are necessary• What is the cleaning schedule like? •Dedicate specific days to specific zones for cleaning and only heat/light those zones www.CleanEnergyResourceTeams.org www.CleanEnergyResourceTeams.org/
  • 34. No/Low Cost PracticesExampleSchedule: www.CleanEnergyResourceTeams.org www.CleanEnergyResourceTeams.org/
  • 35. BMPs: Immediate and Easy No/Low Cost PracticesOther behavior – no cost• Add a delay to the elevator door to encourage stair use• Use automatic openers on doors only when absolutely necessary• Think twice before clicking the PRINT, & use both sides of the paper• Get rid of the nice-to-have but unnecessary personal, energy-consuming luxuries like fish tanks, decorative lighting, coffee cup warmers, miniature water falls, etc.• Be creative! www.CleanEnergyResourceTeams.org www.CleanEnergyResourceTeams.org/
  • 36. BMPs: Immediate and Easy No/Low Cost PracticesOther behavior – No cost1. Provide an supportive atmosphere • Point out at meetings who has fewest extra electronics • Caught “Green Handed” awards/prizes • Report on the reduction of paper/energy2. Use norms to further your cause • Mention that other cities and buildings are working towards sustainability targetsOther behavior – Resources Everyone’s doing it. • Community Based Social Marketing http://www.cbsm.com/public/world.las www.CleanEnergyResourceTeams.org www.CleanEnergyResourceTeams.org/
  • 37. Implementing Best Management PracticesBest Management Practices (BMPs) : specific methods which have been proven effective and practical for reducing energy use1. MN Electricity Use Pie2. Immediate & easy 1. Building performance evaluation 2. No/low cost energy efficiency *Major3. Longer term & more effort 1. Building performance evaluation investment is 2. Capital improvements ALWAYS the LAST4. Review step* www.CleanEnergyResourceTeams.org
  • 38. BMPs: Longer term & more effort Building Evaluation• Recommissioning: “A systematic process to improve the operation of your building systems so that they: • Actually meet your needs (for ventilation, comfort, air quality control) • Use only as much energy as is really necessary to do so.” Center for Energy and the Environment4 www.CleanEnergyResourceTeams.org
  • 39. BMPs: Longer term & more effort Building EvaluationRecommissioning - So how does it work?• “Calibration: ensure control sensors and devices are calibrated• Scheduling and Enabling: Turn equipment off or down when unneeded• Air and Water Flows: Don’t run equipment at higher air or water flows than needed• Ventilation: Make sure the right amount of ventilation air gets in, and that it gets to where the people are.• Setpoints and Resets: Don’t run equipment at higher heating or lower cooling temperatures or higher air or water pressures than needed• Condition and Function Checks: Make sure key equipment is working the way it should (actuators, dampers, valves, VFDs, etc.)” Center for Energy and the Environment4 www.CleanEnergyResourceTeams.org
  • 40. BMPs: Longer term & more effort Building EvaluationRecommissioning – In-house experts• Use talents and knowledge of current maintenance staff• Capacity building - consider investing in building management training courses for staff – Practices in the building industry are constantly evolving – Extra training helps provide and ensure proper energy management over the long term – Utilities might help with training costs – just ask! www.CleanEnergyResourceTeams.org
  • 41. BMPs: Longer term & more effort Building EvaluationRecommissioning – Resources• Xcel Commissioning Buildings 101 – http://www.xcelenergy.com/SiteCollectionDocuments/docs/CSS-1865.pdf• EPA Energy Star: Building Upgrade Manual- Retrocommissioning – http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=business.EPA_BUM_CH5_RetroComm• Xcel Rebates and help finding a recommissioning consultant: – http://www.xcelenergy.com/Minnesota/Business/Programs_Resources/ConservationRebates_Incentiv es_Business/Pages/Recommissioning.aspx• Ask your local utility about recommissioning information and rebates www.CleanEnergyResourceTeams.org
  • 42. BMPs: Longer term & more effort Building EvaluationEnergy audit:• Inspection, analysis, and survey from professional engineers (PE) and/or registered architects (RA) of building energy flows and building “tightness”• Provides recommendations for capital improvementsEnergy audit - Resources• Find PE/RAs in your area: http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=expert_help.find_exp_help Infrared image of thermal energy losses at the German Reichstag (capital building). www.CleanEnergyResourceTeams.org
  • 43. BMPs: Longer term & more effort Capital Improvement• EPA – Energy Star • Financials provides webinars, information, and support www.energystar.gov• Federal Energy Management Program • Energy Cost Calculators for Energy-Efficient Products http://www1.eere.energy.gov/femp/technologies/eep_eccalculators.html• GreenStep Cities Public Buildings • List of resources for rebates, funding sources http://greenstep.pca.state.mn.us/bestPracticesDetail.cfm?bpid=1• DSIRE • Database for State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency http://www.dsireusa.org/ www.CleanEnergyResourceTeams.org
  • 44. Implementing Best Management PracticesBest Management Practices (BMPs) : specific methods which have been proven effective and practical for reducing energy use1. MN Electricity Use Pie2. Immediate & easy 1. Building performance evaluation 2. No/low cost energy efficiency *Major3. Longer term & more effort 1. Building performance evaluation investment is 2. Capital improvements ALWAYS the LAST4. Review step* www.CleanEnergyResourceTeams.org
  • 45. Review Entire Process Review1. Develop/update energy management strategy • Remember team regular meetings!2. Enter/update all utility data and building profile information in B33. Use B3 to determine your spaces with greatest saving potential4. Focus on the chosen buildings, examine, and implement Best Management Practices5. Track usage and evaluate effectiveness of BMPs6. Repeat Steps 1-5 www.CleanEnergyResourceTeams.org
  • 46. ReviewQuestions? And then…a quick poll! Contact me with other questions: Katie Joneskatie@cleanenergyresourceteams.org www.CleanEnergyResourceTeams.org
  • 47. Works Cited1. "Electric Power Monthly - Average Retail Price of Electricity to Ultimate Customers: Total by End-Use Sector." U.S. Energy Information Administration - EIA - Independent Statistics and Analysis. 15 Nov. 2010. Web. 02 Dec. 2010. <http://www.eia.doe.gov/cneaf/electricity/epm/table5_3.html>.2. Watson, Rob. Green Building Market and Impact Report 2009. Rep. Greener World Media, 2009. Web. 2 Dec. 2010. <http://www.greenbiz.com/sites/default/files/GreenBuildlingImpactReport2009.pdf>.3. "Design and Archetecture." Willkommen to Das BioHaus! Concordia Language Villages. Web. 02 Dec. 2010. <http://waldseebiohaus.typepad.com/biohaus/design.html>.4. Hewett, Martha J. "Recommissioning for Improved Building Performance." Lecture. Web. 9 Dec. 2010. <http://www.mncee.org>.5. “Natural Gas Prices.” U.S. Energy Information Administration - EIA - Independent Statistics and Analysis. 29 Nov. 2010. Web. 15 Dec. 2010. http://www.eia.gov/dnav/ng/ng_pri_sum_dcu_SMN_m.htm6. "Minnesota B3 Benchmarking & PBEEEP Webinar." State of Minnesota B3 Benchmarking. 13 Jul. 2010. Web. 04 Jan. 2011. < http://www.mnbenchmarking.com/Documents/B3%20Webinar%20Presentation%20%28Rev%2007_13_10%29.pd f >.7. State of Minnesota B3 Benchmarking. Weidt Group. Web. 05 Jan. 2011. <http://www.mnbenchmarking.com/Default.aspx>.8. Merrigan, Michael, Paul A. Nau, and Ron Van Houten. "Reducing Elevator Energy Use: A Comparison of Posted Feedback and Reduced Elevator Convenience." Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis 14.4 (1981): 377-87. Web. 05 Jan. 2011. <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1308228/>.9. Jogwuia, Venbing, and Nancy Kelly. Detailed Cost Savings and Rebates. 23 Nov. 2010. Raw data. Green Institute, Minneapolis. www.CleanEnergyResourceTeams.org

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