Roadmap outlines 116 recommendations to advance energy efficiency in the built environment
The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Energy Efficiency Standardization Coordination Collaborative (EESCC) has released for a 45-day public comment period the EESCC Standardization Roadmap V1.0 draft, which outlines 116 action-oriented recommendations to advance energy efficiency in the built environment through standards and conformance activities.
U.S. experts on energy efficiency-related issues, members of the standardization community, and other affected stakeholders are invited to submit input on the EESCC Roadmap V1.0 by March 15, 2014. The draft is being issued for public comment to provide an opportunity for review and feedback on the EESCC's findings and recommendations before final publication in mid-2014.
Advancements in energy efficiency can help bolster the economy, job creation, and U.S. competitiveness by powering economic activity with less energy and at less cost. According to estimates from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), our nation's buildings account for more than 70 percent of total U.S. electricity use and roughly 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 could save an estimated $80 billion annually.
Intended as a resource for U.S. industry, government, and consumers, the EESCC roadmap identifies areas where additional standardization activities are needed to advance energy efficiency within the built environment, and outlines recommended timelines for action. Primary focus is given to U.S. standardization activities and the standards and conformity assessment activities that have direct applicability to the U.S. market.
Presently, the EESCC Roadmap V1.0 outlines 116 recommendations aimed at advancing energy efficiency within five distinct areas:
- Chapter One identifies 40 recommendations in the area of building energy and water assessment and performance standards.
- Chapter Two details 9 recommendations to advance system integration and systems communications.
- Chapter Three puts forth 20 recommendations in the area of building energy rating, labeling, and simulation.
- Chapter Four identifies 31 recommendations to advance evaluation, measurement, and verification (EM&V).
- Chapter Five lays out 16 overarching recommendations to advance workforce credentialing for the energy efficiency field.
How to Submit Public Comments Broad and varied input is important to ensuring that decisions impacting the future of energy efficiency are made through consensus and collaboration.
In order to be considered, comments on the EESCC Roadmap V1.0 draft must be submitted by March 15, 2014, to email@example.com using the required EESCC Roadmap Comment Form. Comment forms must include input in all mandatory fields in order to ensure consideration by the appropriate EESCC working group. Please view the instructions on submitting comments. In particular, commenters are asked to consider the following questions:
- Does each roadmap chapter adequately address its stated area of focus?
- Are all identified gaps/recommendations adequately discussed?
- Are there areas identified as gaps where standardization activities are in fact underway?
- Do additional gaps exist that are not currently captured in the roadmap?
All material comments will be taken into consideration by the appropriate EESCC Working Group. Due to anticipated high volume, comments will not receive individual responses unless clarification or further information is needed.
About the EESCC Roadmap More than 50 member organizations and four federal agencies, involving over 150 experts from industry, standards and code developing organizations, energy efficiency–focused organizations, educational institutions, and other groups took part in the roadmap's development.
The recommendations detailed in V1.0 of the roadmap are expected to see broad adoption and implementation. Following publication, the EESCC will actively monitor implementation of the roadmap's recommendations and follow updates on work to close identified gaps. Organizations interested in carrying out standardization work to close a gap identified in this roadmap are asked to notify the EESCC by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org so that the collaborative can monitor the roadmap's implementation and assist with coordination of standardization activities, as appropriate.
The EESCC roadmap is supplemented by the EESCC Inventory Database – an open, online source of information on relevant standards, codes, guidelines, regulations, and conformity assessment programs. Information on additional pertinent documents and programs can be submitted via the online entry forms at www.ansi.org/eescc.
About the EESCC The ANSI Energy Efficiency Standardization Coordination Collaborative(EESCC) is a cross-sector, neutral forum and focal point for broad-based coordination among energy efficiency activities involving or impacted by standardization (i.e., standards, codes, conformance activities) and regulations. The objective of the collaborative is to assess the standardization landscape, and carry out the development of a standardization roadmap for energy efficiency within the built environment.
For more information on the EESCC or to join, visit www.ansi.org/eescc.
About ANSI The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) is a private non-profit organization whose mission is to enhance U.S. global competitiveness and the American quality of life by promoting, facilitating, and safeguarding the integrity of the voluntary standardization and conformity assessment system. Its membership is made up of businesses, professional societies and trade associations, standards developers, government agencies, and consumer and labor organizations. The Institute represents the interests of more than 125,000 companies and organizations and 3.5 million professionals worldwide.
The Institute is the official U.S. representative to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and, via the U.S. National Committee, the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), and is a U.S. representative to the International Accreditation Forum (IAF).