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Tuesday, January 22

Development of a Standardized Toolset for the
New Streamlined Energy Savings Performance Contract Program

Mark Adams, Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education, Oak Ridge
ORNL Building Technologies Research and Integration Center Seminar
10:00 AM — 11:00 AM, Building 3147, Conference Room
Contact: Julia Kelley (, 865.574.1013


Development of a Standardized Toolset for New Streamlined Energy Savings Performance Contract Program Department of Energy (DOE) energy savings performance contracts (ESPC) allow Federal agencies to accomplish energy savings projects without up-front capital costs and without special Congressional appropriations. In fiscally difficult times, like now, it is hard for federal facilities to receive appropriations for much needed upgrades. This is especially true for small federal buildings that are less than 200,000 ft2, which make up 99% of the General Service Administration (GSA) federal real property profile (FRPP). These small buildings and many small federal sites are underserved due to various hurdles inherent to the protocols and methodology of the current DOE ESPC program. The new DOE ENABLE ESPC program is designed to overcome these hurdles through a streamlined contract methodology, limiting energy conservation measures (ECM), and required site audit toolset for energy savings calculations. The three ECMs consist of lighting, water conservation, and heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) controls, which are typically the highest value upgrades. By limiting the scope to only these three ECMs the ESPC projects are easier to model and quicker to implement. This simplified scope reduces the overhead costs, making smaller projects more feasible to finance under ESPC. The toolset developed for the ENABLE program is a key part of reducing overhead costs in projects, providing a standardized energy savings calculation methodology and output reporting that only requires the user to input key information about each ECM obtained during the building audit. Validated against an existing ESPC project, the toolset provides acceptable accuracy for energy savings calculations. The toolset has been successfully used in one pilot site project and valuable feedback is being incorporated into future versions of the toolset. There are many new features in the pipeline for future versions of the toolset, such as potential new ECMs, automated task order (TO) schedule generation, redesigned user interface, automated submission of project data to DOE team, data analytics on project to facilitate project review, and more. All of these current and new features help to advance the goal of a more standardized and streamlined approach to ESPC projects, helping to meet presidential and federal goals. Mark Adams graduated from University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Spanish Minor, and International Minor in Engineering: Latin America & Caribbean Studies then went on to get his M.S. in Agricultural and Biological Engineering in the spring of 2008 and summer of 2010 respectively. At UIUC, he participated in Illinois' 2009 entry in the Solar Decathlon competition where they placed 2nd overall. He designed, built, and tested a novel HVAC system for the competition house. During the summer of 2010, he interned at Oak Ridge National Laboratory then after graduation began a post masters research position at ORNL in Residential, Commercial, and Industrial Energy Efficiency group. His research interests include building energy efficiency, energy modeling, and financial analysis. He is an associate member of ASHRAE, a LEED AP BD+C, and Engineering Intern (EI).