HVAC Breaking News

June 18, 2013: Full Version of Free EnergyIQ Software Released

Provides a High-Level Assessment of Energy-Reduction Opportunities

BERKELEY, Calif. — Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) has issued the first full public release of EnergyIQ, its web-based benchmarking tool for nonresidential buildings. EnergyIQ is free and can be accessed at http://energyiq.lbl.gov/.

Berkeley Lab said EnergyIQ improves upon typical whole-building energy benchmarking tools by providing benchmarking at the end-use level, and enabling users to use the benchmarking data to quickly conduct a high-level assessment of energy-reduction opportunities. It also provides users with decision support information to develop and refine their action plans.

“Past users of benchmarking tools such as Berkeley Lab’s CalArch and Energy Star’s Portfolio Manger will immediately see the benefits of EnergyIQ,” said Evan Mills, staff scientist in Berkeley Lab’s Building Technology and Urban Systems Department. “Being able to move immediately from gathering benchmarking data to evaluating promising energy-savings activities based on those data helps eliminate the ‘what now?’ frustration that sometimes accompanies benchmarking.”

EnergyIQ’s development was sponsored by the California Energy Commission’s Public Interest Energy Research (PIER) program as part of its ongoing efforts to increase the energy efficiency of California’s buildings. In the early stages of development, Berkeley Lab surveyed 500 potential users and identified their design and feature preferences. The team also incorporated benchmarking techniques suggested by ASHRAE, and worked with Usability.org to create a clear, professional, and efficient user interface.

Benchmarking can only help energy managers identify problem buildings and save energy when the buildings being compared are similar, so the EnergyIQ developers included a wide variety of building types and characteristics. The initial database was the California Commercial End-Use Survey (CEUS), which details energy use and building features for about 2,800 buildings and 62 building types. EnergyIQ also draws information from the U.S. Department of Energy Commercial Buildings Energy Consumption Survey (CBECS), with about 5,200 buildings and 51 building types across the country. Users can browse through tables and charts dynamically generated by these databases to find a peer group and metric(s) to compare to those of their building. Benchmarking peer groups can be further refined by applying building vintage, location, and size filters.

EnergyIQ benchmarks are expressed using metrics for building energy use, cost, greenhouse gas emissions, and characteristics. Users can select either cross-sectional benchmarking (to examine a single point in time) or longitudinal benchmarking (to examine building performance over time). Based on user-provided inputs, EnergyIQ generates a list of energy retrofit opportunities and recommended actions. Users can access best practices, links to other analysis tools, and other aids to refine those actions, create design-intent documentation, and implement improvements. Results can be saved in customizable dashboards, performance can be compared to target levels, and outcomes can be ranked within a user’s portfolio of buildings. EnergyIQ also can import energy data previously entered into the Energy Star Portfolio Manager system, which can be a significant time-saver for users.

EnergyIQ includes licensable application programming interfaces (APIs) for software developers or building information system designers who want to integrate EnergyIQ’s functionality into their own applications.

Publication date: 6/17/2013

Want more HVAC industry news and information? Join The NEWS on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn today!

Did you enjoy this article? Click here to subscribe to The NEWS Magazine

You must login or register in order to post a comment.

Multimedia

Videos

Image Galleries

2014 Energy Efficiency Forum

Highlights from the 25th annual Energy Efficiency Forum in Washington, D.C.

Podcasts

NEWSMakers: Jeremy Begley

Jeremy Begley, home-performance specialist and Web and social media manager with National Heating and Air Conditioning Co. in Cincinnati discusses how and why you should add home-performance philosophies to your contracting repertoire. Posted on Sept. 12.

More Podcasts

ACHRNEWS

NEWS 09-15-14 cover

2014 September 15

Check out the weekly edition of The NEWS today!

Table Of Contents Subscribe

Venting R-22

The NEWS reported that a man received prison time for venting R-22. Should EPA step up enforcement?
View Results Poll Archive

HVACR INDUSTRY STORE

plumbing-hvac.gif
2014 National Plumbing & HVAC Estimator

Every plumbing and HVAC estimator can use the cost estimates in this practical manual!

More Products

Clear Seas Research

 

Clear Seas ResearchWith access to over one million professionals and more than 60 industry-specific publications, Clear Seas Research offers relevant insights from those who know your industry best. Let us customize a market research solution that exceeds your marketing goals.

DON'T MISS A THING

Magazine image
 
Register today for complete access to ACHRNews.com. Get full access to the latest features, Extra Edition, and more.

STAY CONNECTED

facebook icontwitter iconyoutube iconLinkedIn i con