ASHRAE/ACCA Standard 180, Standard Practice for Inspection and Maintenance of Commercial HVAC Systems - Establishes minimum HVAC inspection and maintenance requirements that preserve a system’s ability to achieve acceptable thermal comfort, energy performance, and indoor air quality.
ASHRAE Guideline 0-2013, The Commissioning Process - describes the Commissioning Process capable of verifying that a facility and its systems meet the Owner's Project Requirements. The procedures, methods, and documentation requirements in this guideline describe each phase of the project delivery and the associated Commissioning Processes from pre-design through occupancy and operation.
ASHRAE Standard 202-2013 - describes how to plan, conduct, and document this vital part of a successful project. Informative appendices provide sample documentation, including checklists, systems manual, reports, training plan, and more.
ASHRAE Guideline 1.4-2014, Procedures for Preparing Facility Systems Manuals - Detailed guideline specifying development of a systems manual, content materials, and instructions for updating the manual, for new and existing buildings.
ASHRAE Guideline 14-2014 - Highly technical document strongly focused on calculating energy and demand savings using measurements and measurement uncertainty analysis, applicable to Option B approaches.
ASHRAE RP-1051 - ASHRAE Research Project that describes an analytical calibration process that includes four distinct processes: sensitivity analysis, parameter identification analysis, optimization and uncertainty analysis.
ASHRAE Standard 100 - Energy survey requirements, operation and maintenance requirements, and building and equipment modification requirements.
ASHRAE Standard 105 - Provides a common basis for reporting building energy use in terms of delivered energy forms and expressions of energy performance.
ASHRAE Standard 209 “Energy Simulation Aided Design for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings” - ASHRAE-sponsored effort for a proposed modeling standard currently underway. The scope will apply to new buildings, major renovations and additions, and will define nominal requirements for using modeling to support integrated design efforts.
BEM Library (IBPSA) - Demonstrative site under development. The concept behind the DOE-funded BEM Library project is to develop a freely-shared, information repository for building energy modeling. The Library consists of best-practice methods and key resources linked to frameworks for delivering services. The frameworks draw from the same set of best practices, methods and resources, which promote consistency across the many uses for building performance simulation.
BEMBook Wiki (IBPSA-USA) - A guide to the BEM Body of Knowledge, which describes what portion of the Body of Knowledge is generally accepted, organizes that portion, and provides topical access to the information.
Building Component Library (NREL) - U.S. Department of Energy’s comprehensive online searchable library of energy modeling building blocks and descriptive metadata.
Building Energy Data Exchange Specification (LBNL/DOE) - Designed to facilitate the utilization and sharing of empirical building energy performance data among software tools and data collection and analysis activities. Version 1.1 release April 13, 2015.
Building Life Cycle Costs (NIST) - Program to provide computational support for the analysis of capital investments in buildings.
Building Operator’s Certification (BOC) - Nationally recognized, competency-based training and certification program that offers facilities personnel the improved job skills and knowledge to transform workplaces to be more comfortable, energy-efficient and environmentally friendly.
Building Performance Tracking Handbook (CCC) - Outlines the steps needed to continually manage building performance, describes the complex array of building performance tracking tools available, and provides guidance on selecting the most appropriate tracking strategy.
COMNET (IMT/NBI) - A quality assurance initiative to standardize building energy modeling, by creating consistent baselines relative to various energy codes and standards. COMNET extends and supports existing systems for assessing and rating the energy efficiency of new commercial and multifamily buildings in the United States. The core component of COMNET comprises a set of guidelines and procedures that governs this standardization.
Degree Days.net (BizEE) - Degree day data resource aimed at energy efficiency professionals.
DOE2.com - Weather data repository, containing TMY weather files.
Elements (RMI, Big Ladder Software) - Tool that provides a format neutral weather application to provide input for building energy modeling. The tool allows the user to read/write/convert between all major weather file formats, create custom files from measured data, display statistical data, and visualize or inspect data graphically.
Energy Charting and Metrics Tool (Bill Koran; multiple funders) - ECAM is a Microsoft Excel® add-in which facilitates analysis of data from the building (energy and other data). Key features of ECAM include: creation of charts to help re-tuning, creation of schedules and day-type information to time series data; filtering data from months, years, days, day-type, day of week, day of month, occupancy, temperature binned weather data, pre/post comparisons after retrofits or retro-commissioning; normalizing data and creating metrics based on consumption or equipment; creation of various load profiles or scatter charts for data selected by the user; new additions to the PNNL re-tuning charts; and new modeling and verification (M&V) for meter data.
Energy Modeling Input Translator (RMI) - EMIT comprises a compilation of spreadsheet-based calculators developed in response to the need for tools that help building professionals translate design data and code requirements into typical energy model inputs.
International Energy Efficiency Financing Protocol, 2009 (EVO) - The global “blueprint” for educating and training on the special intricacies, benefits and risks associated with financing EE projects. Intended to serve as a growing set of best practices, resource materials, case studies, standardized tools and guidelines to support economic and financial evaluation of EE projects.
International Performance Measurement and Verification Protocols (EVO) - Volume I defines basic terminology used in the M&V field. It defines general procedures to achieve reliable and cost-effective determination of savings. Verification of actual savings is performed relative to an M&V Plan for each project. Volume III provides guidance on application and specific M&V issues.
Inverse Modeling Toolkit (ASHRAE) - Guidelines for calculating linear, change point linear, and multiple-linear inverse building energy models. Describes the numerical algorithms used to find general least squares regression, variable-base degree-day change-point, and combination change-point multivariable regression models, as well as the equations used to estimate the uncertainty of predicting energy use for the purpose of measuring savings.
Life Cycle Costing Handbook 135 (NIST) - Guide to understanding the LCC methodology and criteria established by FEMP for the economic evaluation of energy and water conservation projects.
LCCAid (RMI) - An Excel-based tool designed to make Life Cycle Cost Analysis (LCCA) easier for architects, engineers and other building design and construction professionals who do not have extensive financial backgrounds.
Measurement and Verification Operational Guides (NSW Government) - A collection of M&V operational guides to translate M&V theory into successful M&V projects. Materials include guides for practitioners new to the M&V process as well as experienced practitioners, application-specific guidebooks, and project planning templates.
Model Manager (RMI) - An Excel-based tool that accesses eQUEST batch processing capabilities as well as results extraction functions.
Modelica - A non-proprietary, object-oriented, equation based language to conveniently model complex physical systems containing mechanical, electrical, electronic, hydraulic, thermal, control, electric power or process-oriented subcomponents. Utilizes open programming standards that allows reusing technologies (model libraries, numerical solvers, tools for code generation) that are shared across industries, and can be used to consistently model advanced building controls.
Procedures for Commercial Energy Audits (ASHRAE) - Supplemental files useful for conducting energy audit and energy modeling tasks. Materials include ECM summary tables, formulas and unit conversions, hourly simulation checklists, audit forms, end-use breakdowns, and auditor checklists.
Universal Translator v3 (PG&E) - The UT3 is software designed for the management and analysis of data from loggers and trend data from building management systems. The software features import routines, time and interval correction, calibration error correction, data filters, charting tools, and export capabilities. It also features analysis modules to analyze economizers, lighting loads, plug loads, psychometrics, setpoints, statistics, control loop diagnostics, fans, AHUs, terminal units, fan coils, and an M&V analysis module (regression modeling).
Unmet Hours - Platform that uses a question and answer format and posting guidelines, a voting system, and categorization to provide a robust mechanism for information exchange regarding energy modeling.