Measurement & Verification

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Jeremy Poling of Transwestern presents Measurement & Verification at the 2012 Chicago Energy Modeling Conference.

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Measurement & Verification

  1. 1. GUIDING THE PA TH TO G RE E NM e as u re m e nt & Ve rification O r, h ow I le arne d to s top worrying and love th e m e te r
  2. 2. S p e ake r Introd u ction GUIDING THE PA TH TO G RE E N Je re m y R . P oling, P E , LE E D AP + BD C D ire ctor of E ngine e ring S e rvice s Trans we s te rn S u s tainab ility S e rvice s
  3. 3. Le arning O b j ctive s e GUIDING THE PA TH TO G RE E N• The d ifference between benchm arking and retroactive m od eling• C ases where m od eling can id entify problem s that benchm arking will not• The business case for m easurem ent and verification• H ow to anticipate the process of calibrated m easurem ent and verification and steps to a successful outcom e
  4. 4. Wh at is Be nch m arking? GUIDING THE PA TH TO G RE E N• Sim ple d efinition: com parison of one build ing against its peers for the purpose of classifying a build ing as “efficient” or “inefficient”• Broad er d efinition: using whole-build ing characteristics and aggregated whole-build ing energy use to d eterm ine the Energy U sage Intensity (EU I) for a particular build ing. After norm alizing that EU I for weather effects and com parison to peers, id entify whether the build ing is a low-energy or high- energy use build ing per square-foot of floor area.
  5. 5. Be nch m arking Tools GUIDING THE PA TH TO G RE E N
  6. 6. Wh at can Be nch m arking d o? GUIDING THE PA TH TO G RE E N• Allow portfolio m anagers to d ecid e between upgrad ing one build ing or another in their portfolio• Provid e a basis for tenant lease transactions (careful!)• C onfirm com pliance for incentive program s• Earn certification und er program s like L EED and Green Globes
  7. 7. Wh at C AN ’T Be nch m arking d o? GUIDING THE PA TH TO G RE E N• Id entify where energy is being used in a build ing• D eterm ine the payback of Energy C onservation M easures• Teach an operator how to run a build ing• Teach occupants how to use less energy
  8. 8. Wh at is R e troactive M od e ling? GUIDING THE PA TH TO G RE E N• Typically com plies with ASH RAE Stand ard 1 4 or IPM VP (International Perform ance M easurem ent and Verification Protocol)• U ses energy m od eling software to d escribe d etailed build ing characteristics, such as: – H ourly occupancy sched ules – H ourly load profiles – C hiller efficiency curves – Econom izer operation – System zoning
  9. 9. Wh at is R e troactive M od e ling? GUIDING THE PA TH TO G RE E N• C om pares pred icted energy use against m easured energy use using hourly energy d ata and hourly weather d ata• C alibrated to end -use subm eters for energy use verification• Built to answer specific questions about build ing energy use
  10. 10. Title Bou t, R ou nd 1 : GUIDING THE PA TH TO G RE E N• At a m inim um , all build ings should be benchm arking energy use m onthly as energy bills are received – D evelops a habit of accounting for energy use – D epend ing on location, m ight be legal requirem ent (N YC , San Francisco, Seattle… )• Tools like Energy Star Portfolio M anager typically allow benchm arking energy AN D water use• M od eling will require at least an investm ent in intellectual capital, in-house or on a consulting basis and typically a capital investm ent in m etering
  11. 11. Title Bou t, R ou nd 1 : GUIDING THE PA TH TO G RE E N Benchm arking wins Round 1 , right?
  12. 12. Title Bou t, R ou nd 2: th e K O GUIDING THE PA TH TO G RE E N• After benchm arking, then what?• Stud ies by large property m anagem ent firm s report 5% -1 0% energy savings from real-tim e m etering of energy use• M ost electric utilities charge for d em and , includ ing C om Ed• M anufacturing com panies use d etailed energy m etering to qualify the savings from Energy C onservation M easures, particularly those that m ight im pact their processes
  13. 13. Title Bou t, R ou nd 2: th e K O GUIDING THE PA TH TO G RE E N Getting to significant energy savings requires d etailed stud y of energy end -use inform ation
  14. 14. Bu s ine s s C as e for M &V GUIDING THE PA TH TO G RE E N• Ind ivid ual subm eters for energy end -uses can be relatively afford able ($1 ,000 - $5,000 d epend ing on m anufacturer and options selected )• For argum ent’s sake, at $0.09 per kWh a 1 00,000 kWh annual energy red uction will pay back in 2 – 6 m onths• So what d oes this actually look like?
  15. 15. Bu s ine s s C as e for M &V GUIDING THE PA TH TO G RE E N• Exam ple: A 64,000 square foot build ing with typical 3-lam p, 32-watt T8 fluorescent lighting at the rule-of-thum b spacing of 8 feet on-center has 1 ,000 lighting fixtures at a ballast input of 86 watts. L ighting is controlled by tim e-clock. O ccupants are in the build ing 8AM -5PM and housekeeping is finished by 1 1 PM .• For each hour of lighting use, the build ing electric m eter is hit with 86 kWh. 1 00,000 kWh represents 1 ,1 63 annual hours of lighting use, or approxim ately 4.65 hours a d ay for 250 business d ays per year.• Sub-metering of lighting energy can identify the hours the building lighting is running.
  16. 16. Bu s ine s s C as e for M &V GUIDING THE PA TH TO G RE E N• In the previous exam ple, the following Energy C onservation M easures m ight be proposed : 1. Replacem ent of 32-watt lam ps with 25-watt lam ps for a savings of 1 9 watts at the ballast input 2. U se of lighting controls to autom atically shut off lighting d uring unoccupied hours• Which d o you choose?
  17. 17. Bu s ine s s C as e for M &V GUIDING THE PA TH TO G RE E N• In absence of subm eters, you m ight choose EC M #1 . This would require investm ent in slightly m ore expensive lam ps, but could be accom plished with a payback of around 2-4 years.• H owever, if you choose EC M #2, your payback could be 2-6 m onths. H ow is that possible?• Subm etering the lighting energy id entifies that the build ing operator set the tim e clock to keep lighting on for housekeeping when they could use the local overrid e switches instead , saving an average of 5 hours per d ay.
  18. 18. Bu s ine s s C as e for M &V GUIDING THE PA TH TO G RE E N• L ighting is the sim ple case• M ore com plicated situations will require m od eling at som e level: 1. C hiller replacem ents 2. Boiler replacem ents 3. Envelope retrofits 4. C ontrol replacem ents• While there are estim ating m ethod s and spread sheet calculators, m od eling the build ing will red uce com plexity in calculations
  19. 19. P re p aring for M &V GUIDING THE PA TH TO G RE E N• N ew C onstruction 1. Request segregation of load s by end -use to m inim ize the num ber of m eters required 2. U tilize an energy m od el and EU I targets early and often in d esign for selecting system s so the d ata exists for verification post-construction 3. C onnect real-tim e m eters to the build ing operator’s com puter through a d ashboard (visibility = accountability) 4. K eep it Sim ple
  20. 20. P re p aring for M &V GUIDING THE PA TH TO G RE E N• Existing Build ings 1. Id entify where you alread y have d ata (i.e. O ccupancy hours through build ing security bad ge logging) 2. Id entify the big energy end -uses (chillers, lighting, plug load s, etc.) 3. Sub-m eter 1 20V panels as these typically only see plug load s or tenant load s 4. Ask about ad d itional BM S d ata points, such as energy d ata from VFD s (m any can report voltage and am perage if configured to d o so)
  21. 21. P re p aring for M &V GUIDING THE PA TH TO G RE E N• Existing Build ings 1. O btain real-tim e utility m eter read ings at a m inim um and connect to the build ing operator’s com puter (repeat: visibility = accountability) 2. C onnect new subm eters to the sam e d ashboard 3. Ed ucate build ing occupants on the im pact of their energy use (think about the lighting exam ple – if an occupant leaves a room of lights on for an extra hour, the cost can be calculated read ily)
  22. 22. P re p aring for M &V GUIDING THE PA TH TO G RE E N• Existing Build ings 1. C onsid er sim ple, tem porary m etering investigations to assist with m od eling (i.e. K ill-A-Watt for cubicle) 2. M & V d oesn’t have to capture everything – while you m ight m iss som ething if it isn’t com prehensive, subtractive m ethod s can also be effective 3. U se a “paid from savings” approach: in the exam ple before, if the m etering pays back in 6 m onths whereas the lighting retrofit would have taken 2-3 years to pay back, use a portion of the “ad d itional” 1 8-30 m onths of savings to pay for the investigation of ad d itional end - uses
  23. 23. C onclu s ions GUIDING THE PA TH TO G RE E N• Benchm arking usually only gets at whole build ing d ata, m easurem ent & verification strategies, includ ing calibrated sim ulation, help answer the “what” and “why” questions• End -use m etering can be very afford able and can id entify hid d en energy problem s• C alibrated sim ulation will account for ad d itive effects of EC M s in a less com plex way than spread sheet calculations
  24. 24. GUIDING THE PA TH TO G RE E N Q u e s tions ?j re m y.p oling@ trans we s te rn.ne te

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