Energy Department Partners with Performance Systems Development to Deploy Asset Score and Identify Energy Efficiency Savings in Buildings

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The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced a partnership with Performance Systems Development (PSD) to promote the use of DOE’s Building Energy Asset Scoring Tool (the Asset Score). PSD is part of the Asset Score National Leadership Network, comprised of 21 companies, federal agencies, and state and local governments committed to working with DOE to either use the Asset Score to diagnose energy efficiency opportunities in their buildings and energy-related building systems, or to support educational opportunities to spread knowledge about the Asset Score. To date, the Asset Score has been used on 825 commercial and multifamily residential buildings nationwide totaling more than 83 million square feet.

“DOE congratulates the Asset Score partners for their outstanding commitment to energy efficiency and their leadership in demonstrating the value of the Asset Score,” said Dr. Kathleen Hogan, DOE Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency. “As its use in the marketplace continues to grow, the Asset Score will help uncover building energy improvement opportunities that expand national energy efficiency awareness, create American jobs, and reduce utility expenses for businesses nationwide.”

PSD has also been awarded the national user support contract for the Asset Score by Pacific Northwest National Lab.  PSD’s OpenEfficiency™ contract award from the US DOE will help to integrate the Asset Score with a new open source utility program support platform, the OpenEfficiency Initiative™ (OEI). This initiative will increase the range and depth of energy savings from whole building commercial energy efficiency (EE) programs through reduced program administrative costs and the improved alignment of program operations.

“PSD’s extensive work with the OpenStudio tool underlying the Asset Score calculations allows us to extend the Asset Score tool beyond the score. We have been working with states, cities and portfolio owners, testing the Asset Score as a foundation for various applications including as a near virtual energy audit, as support for performance based code compliance, implementing tax abatement strategies, and in portfolio analysis in combination with EPA ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager”, said Greg Thomas CEO of Performance Systems Development.

DOE has committed to provide technical assistance to support PSD, which will occur throughout 2016. DOE recognized Asset Score partners, including PSD, at an event on the White House campus on Jan. 28, 2016.

Learn more about the Asset Score, the new Asset Score Preview feature, and the Asset Score Partners by visiting DOE’s Asset Score website.

 

Additional background on the Asset Score

  • The Asset Score, first released in 2014, is a free, web-based software tool that identifies opportunities to improve the energy efficiency of a building’s structure and energy-related systems.
  • Using the EnergyPlus modeling engine, the Asset Score runs a detailed energy simulation on each building using building data entered by the user. Each scored building receives an Asset Score Report that includes a 10-point energy efficiency score based on the building envelope and HVAC and electrical systems; a list of customized opportunities to upgrade physical building efficiency; a “potential” energy efficiency score based on identified improvement opportunities; and other information.
  • DOE also announced today the launch of the Asset Score Preview, a new feature within the Asset Score that enables users to conduct simple energy efficiency analysis by entering just a few data points on their building. Asset Score Preview users receive a score range on the Asset Score scale.

Partner commitments

Partners in the Asset Score National Leadership Network committed to either use the Asset Score on 10 buildings, work with DOE to produce a case study, or promote Asset Score usage through educational activities, as well as help guide future improvements to the tool.

Partners include:

  • AECOM
  • Arup
  • Association of Energy Engineers
  • CH2M Hill
  • City of Milwaukee
  • DNV GL
  • FS Energy
  • Ingersoll Rand
  • JBG Companies
  • Liberty Property Trust
  • Marriott International
  • Marx Okubo
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • Performance Systems Development
  • Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP
  • State of Missouri
  • State of Rhode Island
  • Steven Winter Associates
  • Transwestern
  • S. General Services Administration
  • YR&G