Strategic Energy Management Through Optimizing the Energy Performance of Buildings
The energy engineers, building equipment experts, and technology specialists at ORNL have more than 250 cumulative years’ experience in applications research and are recognized experts in their fields. The synergy of expertise in the Residential, Commercial, and Industrial Energy Efficiency group has engendered a unique, comprehensive capability in strategic energy management and optimizing the energy performance of buildings.
ORNL develops and implements strategic energy management techniques
that meet the challenges of prioritizing, setting goals, and funding
energy improvements. These accomplishments are based on the comprehensive
knowledge of building systems and building energy use, including
the macro level of multi-building sites, whole-building systems,
system components, and system interactions.
Integrated Energy Systems in Hotel (Gas Technology Institute Fact Sheet) (11/04)
Benchmarking and Energy
ORNL has unmatched expertise in building energy performance benchmarking, baselining, and target setting, and has pioneered an advanced methodology that is changing the way buildings are benchmarked. ORNL’s energy engineers used this methodology to develop benchmarking engines used in EPA’s Energy Star rating systems and have helped federal agencies improve strategic energy management and reduce costs in many large federal buildings (more than 200 benchmarked; 25 major Energy Star awards). ORNL is developing advanced benchmarking tools for energy and water use for EPA Energy Star, the State of California, HUD, and others.
With minimal effort and ORNL’s help, an organization
R-Cx is the most cost-effective and best common-sense measure building owners can take to cut energy use and improve efficiency. R-Cx consists of determining how energy-consuming equipment is operating – lighting, space cooling and heating, water heating, energy management control systems – and then making adjustments to optimize overall energy performance.
ORNL has the comprehensive knowledge of whole-building systems, system components, and system interactions that is required to analyze building performance and do effective R-Cx. ORNL is uniquely qualified to optimize building energy performance and educate the organization so the savings will last.