Benchmark-based, Whole-Building Energy Performance Targets for UC Buildings
Benchmark-based, whole building energy performance targets are becoming the best practice method for designing energy efficient and zero net energy buildings. There are several advantages to energy performance targets, including a static baseline (to allow for comparison of buildings over time), the ability to capture energy use and efficiency for all building energy loads (not just the loads regulated by code), and the ability to carry design targets through to operations. UC Merced has been using whole-building energy performance targets since its founding and has had great success in delivering buildings with very energy efficient designs that perform to those design targets in their ongoing operations. In addition, benchmarks available for UC campuses provide targets that address peak demand. For these reasons, the UC campuses are encouraged to adopt whole-building energy performance targets in their building design process, to help maintain UC’s leadership in energy efficiency.
Author(s): Rashmi Sahai, Karl Brown
CIEE Program: Energy Use in Buildings
Document Type: Reports
Filename: Whole-Building_Energy_Performance_Targets_for_UC_Buildings_Mar2014.pdf
Publisher: California Institute for Energy and Environment
Year Published: 2014