FLORIDA SOLAR ENERGY CENTER Creating Energy Independence Since 1975 BERS Program Administration P. Fairey BERS Program Administration Training Compliance Rating Software Rating Registry Changing Federal Programs Training Residential Rater training Software training – at least 4 per year Commercial Rater training At least 4 per year, more if demand requires Administer Florida & RESNET core test At least 2 per year, more if demand requires Administer Florida tests Recertification – at least 1 class per month for 12 months around code change FSEC Training Center Training & Exam Modules 18 instruction modules Serve up to 36 students/class Envelope leakage using blower doors Air distribution system leakage using duct tester Combustion Appliance Zone (CAZ) training Individual practicum exams CAZ Training CAZ pressure mapping Hot water heater flue draft testing Flame roll-out Furnace inspection procedures Furnace flue draft testing Upcoming RESNET requirements DCA Administration Document and report test scores to DCA Assign unique Rater certification numbers Print and distribute DCA Rater certifications Report test scores to students Maintain database of certified raters (daily updates) Maintain database of registered Ratings (continuous) Print and mail BERS brochure (continuous) Provide Rater technical support (daily) Provide Code technical support (daily) Respond to e-mail and phone queries (daily) Participate in national conferences RESNET Requirements Maintain RESNET Accreditations Rating Provider Training Provider Software Provider Create & provide RESNET-approved Professional Development courses (new requirement) Maintain RESNET Trainer certifications Maintain RESNET QA Designee certifications Perform RESNET QA activities Review of 100% of building files for each Rater Field review of 1% of Rated homes for each Rater Other RESNET Activities Participate in RESNET Conferences Serve on RESNET Committees Standing Standards Committee (Chair) Standing Technical Committee Standing Training & Education Committee Standing COMNET Committee Serve on RESNET Board of Directors President of Board (P. Fairey) – two terms 2004-2006 2008-2010 Software Accreditations Residential Software Florida Energy Code IRS New Home Tax Credit RESNET HERS Ratings IECC 2006 Commercial Software Florida Energy Code IRS Tax Deduction accredited ASHRAE Standard 140 compliant USGBC – LEED NC 2009 compliant ASHRAE 90.1 Appendix G compliant Software Validation Residential Verification Requirements HERS BESTEST Loads suite Reference Home auto-generation test RESNET HVAC test suite RESNET DSE test suite RESNET Hot Water test suite Commercial Verification Requirements ASHRAE Standard 140 (Section 5) test suite Building Load Tests Load Difference Tests DSE Tests Hot Water Tests Software Upgrades EnergyGauge Summit: Enthalpy Recovery Ventilation Systems in testing Frequently requested feature Will be in 2010 Code if allowed by Building Commission Software Upgrades Next Generation Software (2013 Code and Beyond) Work from anywhere: over the internet or on local machine Easier file transfer: import and export GBXML format for interoperability with other software Model more choices: simulate using DOE2 or EnergyPlus Learn once: same platform for residential and commercial Software Upgrades 2010 Code multi-zone, multi-fuel residential model Coding largely complete Undergoing in-house alpha testing Energy Star 2011 v.3 module Added Reference Home and many new reports Software coding in progress Software Upgrade Cost Optimization module Working internal version Ranking of Energy Conservation Measures (ECMs) Incremental cost optimization Excellent for existing home retrofit apps User interface still to be developed Analysis Methods EnergyGauge simulations used to project energy use and costs (based on utility inputs) EnergyGauge results used to calculate 30-year energy cost savings cash flow stream (benefits) Individual Energy Conservation Measure (ECM) costs used to calculate 30-year investment cost cash flow stream (mortgage costs) PVBC from above calculation used to rank order ECMs from largest to smallest The Analysis Process All defined ECMs rank ordered by PVBC ratio through one-by-one incorporation into the original home (the baseline) Single ECM with largest PVBC incorporated into the original home, creating a revised baseline. Revised baseline used as basis for individual ECM ranking using remaining ECMs Next remaining ECM with largest PVBC incorporated into revised baseline Ad infinitum until ECM list exhausted or analysis limits reached. Annual Total (Full Cost) 1st Year (Full Cost) Rating Registration Update Improvements in Process for Registration End Goal –faster processing of ratings while maintaining quality control Better flagging of issues of incoming files Full pdf reports stored in registry for archive retrieval by rater Automatic monthly billing, on-line payment and account viewing for rater Expenditures & Revenues July 1, 2009 - June 30, 2010 Cost Center Expenditures Revenues Net Rater Training $271,289 $230,075 ($41,214) Software $365,160 $404,746 $39,586 Registry $65,834 $42,108 ($23,726) $702,283 $676,928 ($25,354) Totals FLORIDA SOLAR ENERGY CENTER Creating Energy Independence Since 1975 Federal and Other Programs P. Fairey EPA Energy Star Program Requires HERS ratings Current program (version 2) : HERS Index of 77 or lower Thermal bypass checklist (by Rater) 2011 program (version 3): New e-Star Reference Home standard Target HERS Index computed based on home size HERS Index of 65-72 (or less) will be required Requires 3 new checklists HVAC System Quality Installation Contractor list HVAC System Quality Installation Rater list Water Management System Builder list DOE Builders Challenge Requires HERS Ratings Requires HERS Index of 70 or less Requires that specific quality measures be considered and verified by Rater Program requirements may be tightened in the future Lower qualifying HERS Index Closer alignment with EPA Energy Star program (version 4 ~2014). Federal Tax Incentives Residential New Home Tax Credit Requires 50% savings on heating and cooling Expired but likely to return (has strong bipartisan support) Requires accredited software (EnergyGauge is accredited) Requires verification by Rater or equivalent (there is currently no equivalent) Commercial New Building Tax Deduction Requires 50% savings on heating, cooling, ventilation, hot water and interior lighting Requires software accreditation by IRS (EnergyGauge is accredited) Federal Energy Labeling U.S. DOE considering national home energy labeling program Exact nature and details still unknown Leaning toward absolute energy label (source energy MBtu) Partitioned onto a 10 point scale based on climate and RECS data Likely generated by Federal Home Energy Survey (HES) software (LBNL) Possible replacement for current weatherization audit software (NEAT) May pertain only to existing homes Unlikely to replace HERS Index ASHRAE Building Energy Modeling Professional (BEMP) Certification for commercial building modelers Likely to be adopted as basic requirement for certification by others (e.g. COMNET) Building Energy Quotient Program (EQ) Metric for as designed energy use Metric for actual energy use Pilot stage only USGBC LEED Programs LEED- H program (new homes) Uses HERS rating systems (EnergyGauge USA) to determine energy efficiency points LEED – NC program (new commercial bldg) May use EnergyGauge Summit Premier to determine energy efficiency points, automatically generate reference design and generate data for required LEED reports COMNET New commercial building initiative of RESNET Manual on Commercial Building Energy Modeling Guidelines and Procedures completed http://www.comnet.org/ Embarking on standards development Software verification and accreditation Modeler, rater/verifier certification BERS Program Administration Training Compliance Rating Software Rating Registry Changing Federal Programs Thank you.