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ASHRAE Building EQ Program Will Help Owners, Operators Q&A Assess Buildings and Guide Good Decisions Why We Need a By Ronald E. Jarnagin, Member ASHRAE Labeling Program By Ryan M. Colker A building energy labeling program makes use of market-based forces (rather than prescriptive mandates) to influence energy-efficiency investment opportunities. Because building energy use is a concern for a variety of reasons (cost, climate concerns, energy independence and sustainability), the Building EQ program provides an easily understood and consistent mechanism to evaluate energy use. Building owners and operators can see how their building compares to peer buildings. Potential buyers or tenants can gain insight into the value and potential long-term costs. Operations and maintenance staff can inform decisions about maintenance activities and influence building owners to pursue equipment upgrades and demonstrate the ROI for energyefficiency projects. Beyond the benefit received by individual building owners and managers, the increased availability of building data—specifically the relationship between the design and operation of buildings—will be a valuable research tool for the building community. What types of ratings are given? New buildings can receive an As Designed rating. An In Operation rating can follow once the building has one year of actual energy use data. About the Author Ryan M. Colker is ASHRAE’s manager of government affairs in Washington, and was a member of the ASHRAE Building Energy Labeling Implementation Committee. W ith 40% of U.S. energy use accounted for by buildings, it is not surpris- ing that much of the activity in energy efficiency today is focused in the building sector. With such a large, diffuse market for buildings, it becomes difficult to figure out exactly where to put the emphasis for improving building energy efficiency. To meet this need, ASHRAE developed the Building Energy Quotient (Building EQ) rating program, which provides a technically sound tool that rates a building’s energy performance and helps to characterize specific buildings that are candidates for improvement. This tool will assist owners and operators searching for ways to understand their buildings’ energy use and to select the most attractive targets for improvement. The Building EQ rating program is a progressive approach that rates both new and existing buildings. The building’s performance is shown on a scale that is easy to understand. The program tends to encourage buildings towards high performance and provides some consistency with international rating programs under way. ASHRAE launched a pilot phase for the program in November 2009, to be conducted through 2010. During the pilot phase, the evaluation approach and rating scale will be tested with representative buildings to help fine-tune the program. Full-scale launch is expected in late 2010. Why Do We Need It? Simply put, a building energy labeling program such as Building EQ is needed to help owners and operators understand the potential for energy efficiency, as well as the current operating performance of their buildings. It is interesting to note that many people understand the efficiencies of their 18 ASHRAE Journal automobiles in terms of miles per gallon, yet few understand the efficiency of their buildings. Questions such as “How is my building performing compared to other buildings of a similar type?” or “What potential does my building have to achieve high energy efficiency?” frequently go unanswered. Building EQ is designed to answer these and other questions. Recently, the U.S. Congress introduced legislation that would develop a model labeling program that can be implemented by states. While such legislation has yet to pass, the implications are clear that a need is perceived in the U.S., similar to needs in other countries. In many cases the labeling programs are intended to be connected to real estate transactions that About the Author Ronald E. Jarnagin is staff scientist/program manager at Pacific Northwest Laboratory, Richland, Wash., and was chair of the ASHRAE Building Energy Labeling Implementation Committee. ashrae.org December 2009

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of ASHRAE Journal - December 2009

ASHRAE Journal - December 2009
Contents
Commentary
Industry News
Letters
Meetings and Shows
ASHRAE Building EQ Program
Feature Articles
A Closer Look at Chiller Ratings
Cooling With Less Air: Using Underfloor Air Distribution and Chilled Beams
Cooling Concrete: Containerized Water Chilling Plant
Geothermal for Community Center
Anniversary Feature: Air-Recovery System Versus Conventional Air Conditioning
Technical Topics
New Product Preview
Products
Emerging Technologies
Washington Report
People
Special Products
2009 Feature Articles Indices
Classified Advertising
Advertisers Index
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