Facility Energy Performance Benchmarking in a Data-Scarce Environment
ERDC-CERL CHAMPAIGN United States
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Current federal, Department of Defense DoD, and Army energy-efficiency goals require a proactive approach to investment, building operations, and energy savings. Much responsibility for meeting these requirements is assigned to Army installation staff, who often have difficulties identifying and interpreting the applicable mandates. To address this problem, the research group began work to develop an intelligent framework that describes and clarifies interrelationships among energy efficiency, component maintenance and renewal, and mission requirements to support an integrated investment strategy that minimizes total cost of ownership TCO. The main thrusts of the study were to develop integrated investment decision models, identify DoD facility Energy Use Intensity EUI benchmarks in a data scarce environment, and analyze occupant-, system-, and component-level faults contributing to energy inefficiency. A methodology for developing DoD-specific facility EUIs will serve as a decision framework for actions involving buildings with the highest EUIs. Thus, Army-specific benchmarking results will support more cost-effective component-renewal investment strategies. Altering the timing and grouping of investments can improve the energy efficiency to lower the TCO throughout the facility life cycle. This research will help the Army more effectively implement energy improvements to meet and exceed energy-efficiency requirements.
- Non-electrical Energy Conversion