The International Conference on Energy Efficiency in Commercial Buildings (IEECB) held last month in Frankfurt, Germany, included a paper detailing the policy environment required to achieve significant energy reduction for a mid-size office market. The paper was produced as part of year-one deliverables of the Energy Efficient Buildings Hub (EEB Hub) in Philadelphia.
The paper, “The Impact of Stakeholder Decision Criteria on Energy Efficient Retrofits in the Mid-Sized Office Sector,” was authored by Russell Taylor, UTRC Staff Engineer, Andrew Dasinger, UTRC Manager of Market and Policy Analysis, and William Sisson, UTRC Director of Sustainability; Kevin Otto of Robust Systems and Strategy; and Liam Hendricken and Patrick Gurian of Drexel University.
Taylor presented the paper on th
e first day of the conference, detailing research compiled using a policy, markets and behavior simulation tool. The research presented indicates that a market-wide reduction in primary energy consumption of 48 percent in comparison to a 2005 baseline is achievable by 2050 through a combination of building energy code enhancements and whole-building energy performance incentives.
“The quality of the presentations this year was extremely high,” said conference Chairman Paolo Bertoldi of the European Commission.
IEECB presentations will be available prior to the end of June at the European Commission Joint Research Centre Institute for Energy and Transport website.
Held in conjunction with the biennial Light and Building trade fair, the 7th IEECB took place on April 18 and 19, 2012. The conference is sponsored by the European Commission Institute for Energy and Transport Joint Research Center and provides a forum for a wide range of topics related to energy efficiency in commercial buildings including: policies, HVAC, lighting, energy service companies, energy monitoring and control, and behavior. The conference took place at Messe Frankfurt, one of the largest trade fair locations in the world, with nearly 3.5 million square feet of indoor exhibition space in nine halls.