Mobile Tools for Energy Efficiency

Building energy efficiency is improving, and building owners and managers are seeing a difference in the retrofit process. However, the results can be inaccurate and inconsistent, especially when compared across an entire portfolio.

So what can be improved? The tools.

A new effort by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is looking to create tablet-based software that can build energy models as auditors go through a building. The concept of “remote” energy audits has taken hold as a new way to provide energy consumption information without the cost of a walk-through audit.

The reports could include geographical information, utility data, and basic building characteristics to evaluate the energy efficiency of a building and make recommendations without ever setting foot inside.

The problem with a tool like this is that remote energy modeling collects just a few pieces of information, that wouldn’t come close to a comprehensive audit.

But there is a middle ground: using mobile devices and powerful software to create complex energy models during the auditing process.

Read more about what NREL is developing.

 

By Gaylen Davenport

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About Gaylen Davenport

Worldwide provides clients complete turnkey energy efficiency evaluation and solutions. Our focus is in energy saving measures that offer the most savings and financial incentives, creating a rapid return on investment. What sets Worldwide apart is our ability to design, install and certify our installations to qualify for the Federal tax incentives for energy efficiency, then provide the documentation necessary to secure the tax incentives. Worldwide has recently entered the renewable energy field at the request of several of our clients.

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