Put New Tools and Content on the Building America Solution Center To Work for You!

Screen Shot 2015-07-07 at 11.43.05 AMJoin us for a free webinar on July 22, 2015, presented by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Building America program! Each month’s webinar will offer information about the latest advances in residential building technologies and practices, presented by Building America research team and national laboratory experts, and DOE Program Managers.

Date/Time: July 22, 2015; 3:00–4:30 PM EST. Register now!

The Building America Solution Center is known for its easy-to-follow, illustrated, step-by-step guides for installing the measures that make up high-performance homes. A number of updates have been implemented that offer exciting new tools and content that builders and industry professionals can put to work immediately. Tune in to this webinar to learn about the latest Solution Center improvements, including:

The launch of a new sales tool that will help builders and sales professionals best describe the house features that make their products unique and of higher value to consumers. This feature also allows users to customize sales brochures with their company information.
Expanded topics on existing homes and a new set of navigation features that help users easily find guides and information on these topics.
A new checklist manager to help builders who want to label their homes as Indoor airPlus. The checklist leads to expanded content on finding and using low-polluting products and practices.
Presented by:

Michael Baechler, Electricity Infrastructure and Buildings Division Senior Program Manager, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

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The presentations will be followed by an interactive Q&A session. Questions? Please contact Heather Stafford.

Keep current on upcoming Building America webinars by visiting the Meetings Web page.

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Belimo ZoneTight™ Zone Valve Launch Video

Screen Shot 2015-07-01 at 10.58.34 AMControlTrends picked this Belimo video on a Twitter feed from Lars van der Haegen, new CEO of the Belimo Group, commenting on Take Your Daughter to Work Day – Learn about all the great product features and benefits as Dad shows off his newest invention, the Belimo ZoneTight zone valve. As Lars says, “Watch this outstanding example of a Launch Video for a new Zone valve. This Video was created by the Marketing Team of Belimo Americas. Belimo is the global market leader for HVAC actuators and control valves. B2B videos do not have to be boring!”

Energy Department Invests $600,000 in University-Industry Partnerships to Enhance Building Efficiency

ENERGY.GOV12_ The Energy Department today announced $600,000 in funding to help American universities to establish stronger partnerships with industry and business in the area of building efficiency, supporting the Obama Administration’s goal of doubling energy productivity by 2030 and developing the nation’s clean energy workforce.

A recent study by the National Research Council found that increasing the competitiveness of American universities in building energy efficiency research and development is of great importance, and that universities need to develop stronger partnerships with business and industry in this area. In addition, the Society of Manufacturing Engineers has emphasized the need for expanding manufacturing education at all levels, including undergraduate and graduate students.

The selections for the Building University Innovators and Leaders Development (BUILD) awards support efforts by American universities to more effectively compete for building energy efficiency research and development funding, develop partnerships with industry, and improve manufacturing education. Each selected project will receive $200,000 in funding; more than 50% of expenditures in each project will be used to support undergraduate students.

The projects selected for award negotiations are:

Drexel University (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania): The Drexel University project will develop an innovative and cost-effective automated fault detection and diagnostics tool that integrates statistical process control, machine learning, and rule-based methods to reduce building energy consumption. To enhance the tool’s plug-and-play capability and potential market penetration, it will be compatible with VOLTTRON, an open-source software platform that is highly interoperable.

Georgia Institute of Technology (Atlanta, Georgia): Georgia Tech will support 20 student project teams in developing building energy efficiency technologies through a capstone design project. Students will gain hands-on product design experience, including the manufacturing and testing of a prototype solution, as well as publically demonstrating the solution at the Capstone Design Expo. Student teams partner with company sponsors, which will foster student employment in the building energy efficiency sector.

University of California, Davis (Davis, California): University of California, Davis will have undergraduate students work with industry partners to develop and validate a new EnergyPlus solution to model hybrid rooftop air conditioners. This model will integrate the function of multiple cooling elements to gain climate-specific advantages in comfort and efficiency.

The Energy Department’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) accelerates development and facilitates deployment of energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies and market-based solutions that strengthen U.S. energy security, environmental quality, and economic vitality. EERE supports innovative technologies that reduce both risk and costs of bringing energy efficient building technologies online. Learn more about the Department’s efforts to help homes and buildings save energy.

DOE’s Crowdsourcing Initiative Seeks to Solve Buildings-Related Problems (Watch Video)

ENERGY.GOV12_Calling all building technology innovators! The Building Technologies Office is partnering with the successful SunShot Catalyst crowdsourcing initiative to identify and solve problems related to software development, data, and/or automation.

Individuals who submit a problem statement will have a chance to win a $1,000 cash prize!
Problem statements need to be submitted by July 15, 2015.

In the first, “Ideation” phase of the initiative, those working in the building technology space are invited to submit problem statements describing challenges that need to be overcome in order to promote better engagement with building occupants and to improve the ability to balance energy and occupant comfort objectives in a building. In addition to submitting problem statements, participants are invited to vote and comment on ideas that have already been submitted. To browse buildings-related statements that have been submitted, follow this link.

So what are you waiting for? Go and submit your problem statement by clicking here. You will need to:

Add a title and description of the problem statement
Make sure that “Ideation” is selected in the Campaign drop down box
Use “Buildings” tag for your problem statement
Add up to 5 URL links to the idea (optional)

For more information about the SunShot Catalyst and complete contest rules, visit the SunShot Catalyst website.

Competition phases following Ideation will focus on developing products that address submitted problem statements, and contestants will have a chance at up to $1,000,000 in total prizes. If you would like to find out more about the SunShot Catalyst and how it works, you are invited to attend Catalyst Jamathon @ WeWork in Washington, DC on Thursday, June 25 from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm. Visit the SunShot Catalyst website for event details. A building-related Jamathon will be scheduled for later this summer.


Screen Shot 2015-06-24 at 8.54.24 AMRoom and Duct sensors only strengthen an already distinguished product lineup. The A/CO2 Series sensors are a cost-efficient means of monitoring carbon dioxide levels in industrial, school, and office-type environments. Output data can be used in conjunction with a Building Automation System or Demand Control Ventilation System to limit energy consumption. This in turn creates a healthier indoor air climate.

C2M2 and the NIST Cyber Framework: Applying DOE’s NIST Cyber Security Framework Guidance

SGIP22In February 2013, the President released Executive Order (EO) 13636 which called for NIST to develop a voluntary Cyber Security Framework for Critical Infrastructure Sectors. The Framework was to provide a “prioritized, flexible, repeatable, performance-based, and cost effect approach” to manage cyber security risk. This EO led to the release of NIST’s Cybersecurity Framework (CSF) in February of 2014.

NIST’s CSF is composed of 3 parts:
Framework Core
Framework Implementation Tiers
Framework Profile

The Department of Energy (DOE) subsequently released the Energy Sector’s Cybersecurity Framework Guidance in January of 2015 using the Cybersecurity Capability Maturity Model (C2M2) the recommended tool for implementing the NIST CSF. DOE advocates the use of C2M2 because of its widespread use, sector specific guidance, and because DOE has provided mapping from C2M2 to the NIST CSF.

Key Takeaways from this Webinar:

1. An Overview of DOE’s C2M2 and NIST CSF Implementation Guidance

2. Lessons learned and our methodology for implementation of the NIST CSF

3. Proof-of-concept demonstration for our automated C2M2 to NIST CSF tool

4. Planned next steps or future enhancements

The Presenter: This webinar will be presented by guest speaker, Christopher S. Taylor, a senior Engineering Analyst for Southern Company’s IT Security Team

Who should attend: Energy professionals

Scheduled for one hour, this SGIP webinar is offered at no charge and open to SGIP Members and non-members.

Reserve your webinar seat now!

Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy’s: Building America Program

DOE1Dear Building America colleague: The May 2015 issue of the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Building America Update newsletter is now available! Read this issue to learn about:
* Building America teams Advanced Residential Integrated Energy Solutions (ARIES) and the NorthernSTAR Building America Partnership, pioneers in innovative building technologies;
* Results from the 2015 Race to Zero Student Design Competition;
* New funding from DOE for Building America team partnerships;
* May 20 Building America webinar: Resolving Codes and Standards Issues to Energy Innovations;
* New Building America Code Compliance Brief for continuous rigid Insulation for cladding/furring attachment. Call for abstracts for Buildings XIII Conference—Thermal Performance of the Exterior Envelopes, due May 29, 2015;
* 2015 Housing Innovation Award application period open through May 31, 2015;
* Upcoming new features for Building America Solution Center: improved navigation, checklists, Building Science Sales Tool;
* Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Buildings Crowdsourcing Community website;
* Call for entries for the 2015 GreenBuilder magazine Home of the Year Awards; and
* Residential success stories highlighting ARIES and NorthernSTAR team projects.

Building America in the news: The latest publications from Building America: measure guidelines, case studies for new and existing homes and technologies, and more!

DOE Building AmericaRead the full May issue for the latest news and information from Building America.

Learn more about the Building America program. And, please forward this notice to interested colleagues.

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This service is provided to you by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE).

Level and Flow Training Part 1

Learn about Industrial and Commercial Level and Flow Control metering and control with this multi-episode ControlTrends’ live training course, featuring Honeywell Marketing Manager, Tom Brands. Learn about Honeywell’s Smart Line Level Applications and the why’s, how’s, and different ways to measure levels and become a better adviser to your customers.

Tim Chamblee’s Introduction to VFD’s Part 2

VFD Training Part 2: Tim Chamblee continues his Variable Frequency Drive training with an in-depth explanation of the application benefits, the potential energy savings, and the importance of proper grounding and wiring methods — and then demonstrates how to use a Honeywell Variable Frequency Drive to control a cooling tower fan with a Honeywell T775 controller.

Increased Visibility to the Grid is Happening! Read How — Voices of Experience|ADMS

smart_grid1 Consider the Cost of a Power Outage: “The U.S. Energy Information Administration estimates that the $150 billion in annual economic losses because of outages is equivalent to adding 4 cents per kWh of costs to consumers nationwide.” — Annual Energy Outlook 2010, U.S. Department of Energy

February 23, 2015: What is it really like to deploy an advanced distribution management system (ADMS)? In February 2014 the Department of Energy’s Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability formed the ADMS Working Group to collect the experiences, insights, and lessons learned from utilities implementing ADMS. The discussions from the Working Group are captured in a guide called Voices of Experience|Insights Into Advanced Distribution Management Systems.

Excerpt from the Guide: “Considering that this is an era in which smart phones and Google Maps are ubiquitous, it may come as a surprise that utilities have very little visibility into their distribution systems. Most systems still rely on breakers to disconnect the lines in the event of a fault, customers to call in to report an outage, and line crews to find the effected circuit and restore power. However, this may be changing.

Today, a number of utilities are implementing advanced distribution management systems (ADMS), a software platform that integrates numerous utility systems and provides automated outage restoration and optimization of distribution grid performance. ADMS functions can include automated fault location, isolation, and service restoration (FLISR); conservation voltage reduction; peak demand management; and volt/volt-ampere reactive (volt/VAR) optimization. In effect, an ADMS transitions utilities from paperwork, manual processes, and siloed software systems to systems with real-time and near-real-time data, automated processes, and integrated systems.”

Utilities that have deployed smart grid technologies have learned lessons and gained insights along the way—sometimes the hard way—that can be applied to new projects as well as existing projects that may be expanding or are presenting challenges. The hope is that sharing this information will help other utilities overcome or avoid some of the challenges these first adopters identified and be able to deploy their own ADMS successfully and efficiently.

ADMS Working Group Guide Summary: (Note:This report was prepared for the U.S. Department of Energy by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory under contract No. DE-AC36-08G028308.)

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 spurred investments in smart grid technology and programs at utilities across the country. The Smart Grid Investment Grant program and Smart Grid Demonstration projects that it funded provided unprecedented opportunities to learn from smart grid implementation.

In 2011, the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability (DOE OE), in partnership with electric utilities that received ARRA funds, convened a series of Regional Smart Grid Peer-to-Peer Workshops. These were designed to bring together utilities to engage in dialogues about the most compelling smart grid topics in each region. The meetings offered a platform for smart grid implementers at all stages of project deployment to share their experiences and learn from each other.

Realizing the benefits of bringing utilities together to share their experiences, in February 2014 DOE OE formed the ADMS Working Group by assembling a leadership team of representatives from the utility industry with the mission to collect the experiences, insights, and lessons learned from implementing these systems. This guide is the result of a one-day meeting held at CenterPoint Energy in Houston, Texas, in May 2014 that was followed by a series of conference calls about specific aspects of ADMS, interviews with individuals leading ADMS projects at their utilities, and a final small group meeting at San Diego Gas & Electric in California in October 2014. The information in this guide came directly from the people in the industry on the leading edge of transforming their distribution systems.

Although the working group included more than 40 people and represented 30 utilities and organizations, the following were key contributors of their experience:

San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E)
CenterPoint Energy (CPE)
Austin Energy
Duke Energy
Kansas City Power & Light (KCP&L)
Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E)

We hope that sharing this information will help other utilities overcome or avoid some of the challenges these first adopters identified and be able to deploy their own ADMS successfully and efficiently.

Download the final report.

Additional Information:

U.S. Electric Utility Industry Statistics Number of Electricity Providers % of Total

Publicly Owned Utilities ……………2,008 ……………… 61.4%

Investor-Owned Utilities ……………..202 ……………….. 6.2%

Cooperatives ……………………………..877 ……………… 26.8%

Federal Power Agencies …………………9 ……………….. 0.3%

Power Marketers ……………………….173 ……………….. 5.3%

TOTAL 3,269 100.0%