ACEEE Offers New Resources on Commercial Building Energy Performance

May 5, 2005

Media Contact(s):

Wendy Koch, 202-507-4753, Senior Director, Marketing & Communications

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) released two new resources today on commercial building energy performance: a Web site that catalogs building performance resources and a report on comprehensive commercial building retrofit programs. These resources provide program implementers and researchers with a wealth of information on opportunities to improve the energy efficiency, comfort, and productivity of the existing commercial building stock. The "Commercial Building Performance Resources" Web site can be accessed at http://aceee.org/buildingperformance/. The report, Comprehensive Commercial Retrofit Programs: A Review of Activity and Opportunities, can be downloaded for free at http://aceee.org/pubs/a052.htm.

"The thousands of commercial buildings in the U.S. present a tremendous opportunity for energy savings along with improved financial returns for building owners," said Jennifer Thorne Amann, Senior Associate in ACEEE's Buildings Program and lead developer of the Web site and report. "ACEEE developed these resources to help the energy efficiency community deliver energy savings and improved building performance to owners and occupants across the country."

Building performance efforts take a comprehensive approach to building systems plus operations and maintenance (O&M) practices to improve energy efficiency, comfort, and productivity. Good building O&M can reduce commercial building energy use by 5 to 10 percent or more in many cases. The new Web site will serve as an electronic library of building performance program materials, case studies, research reports, technical resources, and contacts. Additional material will be added to the site in coming weeks and new resources will be posted on an ongoing basis.

While the Web site largely focuses on building O&M, equipment retrofits are also an important source of energy savings. The new report, Comprehensive Commercial Retrofit Programs: A Review of Activity and Opportunities, covers efforts to capture savings from comprehensive retrofits that address the full range of retrofit opportunities in individual buildings as well as interactive effects among system components or building systems. Comprehensive retrofits can reduce energy use by 15 to 40 percent. The report includes a review of experience to date and recommendations to improve the use and effectiveness of these programs.

"Efforts to improve whole building performance through better O&M practices and comprehensive retrofits continue to evolve. We feel it is important to disseminate program resources and the valuable lessons learned so far to maximize their impact," said Steven Nadel, ACEEE's Executive Director.

Comprehensive Commercial Retrofit Programs: A Review of Activity and Opportunities can also be purchased for $20 plus $5 postage and handling from ACEEE Publications, 529 14th St, N.W., Suite 600, Washington, D.C. 20045, 202-507-4000 phone, 202-429-2248 fax, aceee_publications@aceee.org.