Now Available on the WBDG
The National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) and New Buildings Institute (NBI) have developed a new tool, with support from the U.S. Department of Energy and the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance, to help jurisdictions tackle energy use in buildings. The Life-Cycle Energy Performance Framework for Cities is now available on the WBDG Whole Building Design Guide? web portal.
Buildings are responsible for a significant portion ? often the largest portion ? of energy use or greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions within city borders. Yet, the cities setting measurable objectives to reduce energy use or GHG emissions are finding policies focused only on new construction are not enough to achieve such goals. They need a coordinated approach that also addresses the existing building stock.
NIBS and NBI convened a team of energy thought leaders to identify strategies cities could implement to address the energy use of buildings in a holistic fashion. Cities require comprehensive, long-term strategies that include policies, programs, administrative resources, tools and on-going funding sources. A few jurisdictions have some of these pieces in place. However, up until now, no single resource has described how these pieces relate to each other or how to implement them as a coherent whole. The Life-Cycle Energy Performance Framework for Cities does just that.
The web-based resource offers introduction and guidance tabs. Through a series of levels and drop downs, users can then customize their own path to implement life-cycle-based energy policies and print out tracking reports based on their responses. The top level, the organizational basis of the Framework, consists of four overarching categories: Leadership; Data, Analysis, and Applications; Mechanisms; and Ensuring Results. The categories are each broken into components with a brief description of the policy action, and examples and links for more information.
Each component has individual activities, structured as Policies, Actions, Resources and Tools, that the user can select based on the priorities and potential strategies of interest to the jurisdiction.
The user can use the drop-down menus associated with each individual element to designate the status of the element, including:
To access the tool, users must have an account on the WBDG, which will allow them to customize their Framework, add notes on their timeline, list items to track, generate reports and update content as their jurisdictions make progress.
Log in to start using the Life-Cycle Energy Performance Framework for Cities. Don?t have a free WBDG account? Create one now.
Institute to Host Session, FMOC Meeting, Booth at Show
The National Facilities Management and Technology Conference (NFMT) 2019 is only two weeks away! Be sure to attend NFMT 2019 March 26-28 at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, Maryland. While there, attend the National Institute of Building Sciences session on best practices for anti-terrorism security for commercial office buildings, participate in the Facility Maintenance and Operations Committee (FMOC) meeting and be sure to stop by our booth in the Expo Hall.
Choose from more than 100 educational sessions, earn continuing education units (CEUs), visit exhibitors in the Expo Hall and attend networking events. Download your free copy of the Show Guide.
While at NFMT, don?t miss these Institute-hosted activities:
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The education sessions, networking opportunities and exhibit hall at NFMT are all free to Institute members who register in advance. No priority code is needed. Register today!
Attend the National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) Building Enclosure Commissioning (BECx) Workshop April 16 and earn credits toward a joint NIBS/ASTM certificate in BECx. Held in conjunction with the CxEnergy 2019 Conference & Expo, April 16-18, at the Caribe Royal Orlando Hotel in Orlando, Florida, this one-day BECx Workshop offers three, two-hour modules as part of the NIBS/ASTM education certificate program.
The modules include:
The workshop instructors are Will Babbington, AIA, PE, LEED AP BD+C, Principal and Fa?ade Design Director at Studio NYL in Denver, Colorado; Elizabeth O. Cassin, RA, LEED AP, Associate Principal and Unit Manager at Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc. in Chicago, Illinois; Andrea DelGiudice, PE, Senior Associate at Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc. in
Washington, D.C.; and Brian H. Neely, AIA, CDT, BECxP, Senior Project Manager at Gale Associates Inc. in Weymouth, Massachusetts.
NIBS BECx Workshop participants receive a 10% discount to CxEnergy 2019. The sixth annual CxEnergy Conference & Expo offers 32 American Institute of Architects-approved technical presentations for commissioning; testing, adjusting & balancing (TAB); and energy management professionals. Hear case studies and best practices on how to optimize building performance; extend the life cycle of vital heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) equipment and building systems; and improve occupant comfort. Over 40 companies in the Expo Hall will showcase software, instruments, controls and services for building, facility and measurement & verification (M&V) managers.
CxEnergy is presented by the AABC Commissioning Group (ACG), the Associated Air Balance Council (AABC) and the Energy Management Association (EMA). Supporting Organizations include NIBS, the Continental Automated Buildings Association (CABA), Clean Energy Business Network (CEBN), Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) and Project Haystack.