Coordinating energy efficiency with a new standards roadmap from ANSI
The American National Standards Institute’s Energy Efficiency Standardization Coordination Collaborative has just released a series of 125 recommendations intended to help guide and coordinate energy efficiency initiatives for buildings on a national level.
As you will see from the description below, The Standardization Roadmap: Energy Efficiency in the Built Environment, identifies numerous opportunities for improved efficiency and cost savings, as well as recommendations for coordination and consolidation. Click the link to download a copy of the roadmap (registration required).
Energy Efficiency Standardization Coordination Collaborative (EESCC)
Advancements in energy efficiency can help power the U.S. economy and job creation, increase competitiveness, and boost U.S. energy security. Realizing the promise of energy efficiency, however, demands a comprehensive national approach, and close coordination between the public and private sectors. The Standardization Roadmap: Energy Efficiency in the Built Environment, developed by the ANSI Energy Efficiency Standardization Coordination Collaborative (EESCC), establishes a national framework for action and coordination on energy efficiency standardization, and charts 125 actionable recommendations to advance energy efficiency in the built environment.
According to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the nation's buildings account for more than 70 percent of total U.S. electricity use and 40 percent of the nation's total energy bill, at a cost of $400 billion dollars per year. With 20 percent or more of this energy wasted, comparable reductions in energy have the potential to save an estimated $80 billion annually.
Standards, codes, and conformity assessment programs offer significant opportunities for energy and cost savings, and improved energy efficiency capabilities for the nation's buildings. The EESCC standardization roadmap identifies many such opportunities, detailing 125 recommendations and timelines for action across five inter-related areas of focus:
- Building energy and water assessment and performance standards
- System integration and systems communications
- Building energy rating, labeling, and simulation
- Evaluation, measurement, and verification (EM&V)
- Workforce credentialing
The roadmap’s recommendations for closing standardization gaps in the near-term (0-2 years), mid-term (2-5 years), and long-term (5+ years) are intended to map out a coordinated approach to energy efficiency standardization, and to assist standards developing organizations in identifying priority areas for work, as well as opportunities for collaboration, consolidation, and harmonization.
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