1996 ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings

1996 ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings

Profiting From Energy Efficiency

Asilomar Conference Center
Pacific Grove, CA
August 25, 1996 to August 31, 1996

Mark P. Modera
(Co-Chair), Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Diana Shankle, (Co-Chair), Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

ACEEE hosted its 9th biennial Summer Study in August of 1996 at the Asilomar Conference Center in Pacific Grove, California.

The theme of this Summer Study was Profiting from Energy Efficiency, which embodied the trend among the groups who have been instrumental in implementing energy efficiency. More specifically, electric and gas utilities were in the midst of a movement within state public utility commissions toward deregulation. For-profit subsidiaries that were anticipating a more competitive environment were spun off all around the United States. Simultaneously, demand-side management programs, a key means by which energy efficiency was implemented, were disappearing or changing form.

Such trends highlighted the importance of the profitability of energy efficiency, as did a number of voluntary U.S.-government programs aimed at promoting energy efficiency. The profits from energy efficiency also accrue to building owners and homeowners, as well as to the environment, each of which were highlighted by various panels within Summer Study. Some examples of these profits include lower energy bills, lower first costs, more comfortable indoor environments, less polluted outdoor environments, and a smaller driving force for global warming.

The 1996 Summer Study included ten panels, with each panel focusing on a particular set of issues. These included a utility-of-the-future panel, a panel devoted to the human dimensions of energy efficiency, an energy and environmental policy panel, a panel devoted to building industry trends, and three panels devoted to residential buidings and three panels devoted to commercial buildings. The individual panel topic areas for residential and commercial buildings included: 1) technologies, design, and performance analysis 2) program design, implementation, and marketplace issues, and 3) program evaluation.

The 1996 Summer Study also included a new type of panel devoted to building industry trends. This panel consisted of five mini-panels, each corresponding to a day of the week devoted to a paticular building industry. The five industries highlighted were: 1) thermal insulation, 2) windows, 3) energy service companies (ESCOs), 4) controls, and 5) manufactured building products.

Another new feature at this conference was the inclusion of week-long displays (located adjacent to the Panel 10 sessions) devoted to the history of particular building technologies (e.g., windows, insulation, air movement diagnostic tools).

The 28 panel leaders sifted through more than 600 abstracts, shepherded 247 papers through the peer-review process, and selected/shepherded the 28 displays that added color and life to the conference.