ANSI Seeks Participation in Energy Efficiency Assessment Efforts

October 2nd, 2012 by DWM Magazine

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) is seeking shareholders from public and private sectors to collectively assess nationwide energy efficiency through its Energy Efficiency Standardization Coordination Collaborative (EESCC). The objective of the EESCC is to develop a heightened awareness of energy efficiency by drafting a standardization roadmap, according to a release from the organization. According to ANSI, the EESCC will not develop standards and will not delegate responsibility for their development.

The EESCC has constructed a roadmap that will identify the codes, conformance programs and standards that are available or under development. From there, the outline will expose gaps in protocol which will aid in ANSI’s efforts to find what additional standardization activities are needed to advance energy efficiency in the U.S.

Phase one of the multi-phased roadmap identifies five areas that need the most attention. The group initiative will consider all five topics in regards to various types of buildings, including residential, commercial, institutional, industrial/manufacturing, data centers, and water and wastewater treatment facilities. The five areas under scrutiny are:

1. Building energy and water assessment standards (including diagnostic test procedures and health and safety testing);

2. Systems energy modeling, integration, and communications;

3. Building energy rating and labeling;

4. Evaluation, measurement, and verification (encompassing EM&V, energy performance; metrics, and standardized and portable data collection and reporting); and

5. Workforce credentialing (including standards for workforce training and certification; programs, and workforce skills standards).

Recommendations to join the collaborative will be accepted until October 5.

by Kaitlan Mitchell, kmitchell@glass.com

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