Group 1: Creating a Streamlined BEM Process
The group’s top priority for 2021 has been to identify opportunities to streamline performance-based building energy codes for all stakeholders. This summer, in coordination with IBPSA-USA’s California Advocacy Committee, two webinars were held to create a video series to serve as a lasting resource on how to participate in the code update cycle, and to inform future conversations that delve deeper into the top choices for performance compliance pathways.
Simultaneously, a Prototype Unification Technical Advisory Group is being led by Bryan Boyce (Energy Solutions) and has met twice this summer. One goal of this TAG is to develop a single set of prototypes for use by all California state agencies and for other public research/policy purposes.
Group 2: Developing BEM Education and Resources
In May, this group met to discuss the status of BEM reporting resources. They addressed CBECC output and reporting end uses beyond code compliance. The co-chairs are bringing the QA/QC ideas from this meeting to the IBPSA-USA Education Committee and CABEC Training and Education Committee to identify common project ideas.
On the education side of things, the Recommendations for Building Energy Modeling Education in California project is well underway. The project seeks to identify high-priority gaps in educational resources needed to increase the effective use of building energy modeling. Emily Courtney and the team at Strategic Energy Innovations (SEI) delivered a project update and gathered stakeholder input during the July 16th Working Group 2 meeting.
A deep-dive into the BEM industry, the California BEM Industry Analysis project led by IBPSA-USA, is currently in contracting between IBPSA-USA and San Diego Gas and Electric.
Group 3: Advancing BEM Capabilities and Metrics
This group is working to support software development by creating an Energy Efficiency Software Measure List & Intake Form. A first draft of the form has been created and circulated, gathering feedback on content and function. Revisions to the form are currently underway.
After holding a webinar introducing Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Grid-Interactive Buildings projects on July 14th, the co-chairs planned their next meeting for September 8th where New Buildings Institute will share information about their GridOptimal Buildings project.
Note that the QA Tools project once hosted by this group now lives with Working Group 2 as a part of their reporting improvement efforts.
- GridOptimal Buildings Project by New Buildings Institute (Group 3)
- CalBEM 2021: Hybrid Symposium (Register here)
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What are Working Groups?
A Working Group is a team of CalBEM participants dedicated to furthering one of CalBEM’s core goals. During CalBEM events they discuss potential solutions (imagined or inspired by solutions seen in other jurisdictions) to issues identified in the sub-topics explained below. In-between CalBEM events, they work to finalize and execute on projects inspired by these events.
Each Working Group has two designated co-chairs selected based on their experience and involvement related to the Working Group sub-topics. Prior to each event, these individuals work with the host (SCE) and facilitators (2050 Partners and Red Car Analytics) to structure the Working Group breakout sessions (e.g., sub-agenda, presentations, handouts, activities, etc.).
The Working Group sub-topics were chosen with the following criteria in mind:
- Responsive to feedback from BEM stakeholders,
- Addresses issues that are not being addressed in another forum, or adds value to an existing process but is not duplicative, and
- Focuses on issues for which the Working Groups can reasonably develop useful draft Action Plans within a two-day event.
The Working Groups are organized around three core CalBEM goals:
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What are Action Plans?
During CalBEM events, the Working Groups prioritize sub-topics and then refine and develop problem statements, goals, and actions for the prioritized sub-topics. These materials form the backbone of robust Action Plans.
The Action Plan structure is organized around the problem statements. Each problem statement will have one or more actions to be taken that create movement towards resolution of the stated problem. Each action includes priority, status, lead stakeholders, other stakeholders, key barriers, schedules and notes.
Meetings and Webinars
After the completion of the annual CalBEM event, the Working Groups develop projects based on the issues identified in the Action Plans and continue to support a developed and functional building energy modeling ecosystem in California.