Building Commissioning: Strategies and Technologies
for Energy Efficiency

In 2009, the California Energy Commission awarded the CCC a major research contract under its Public Interest Energy Research (PIER) Program titled "Building Commissioning: Strategies and Technologies for Energy Efficiency". The integrated program comprises five research projects designed to advance existing building commissioning (EBCx) and improve the energy efficiency of the California commercial building stock.

Program At A Glance


Timeline: June 2009 - December 2011

Budget: $1.8 million

Program Manager: Eliot Crowe,

Program Technical Director: Hannah Friedman,

California Energy Commission Contract Manager: Beth Chambers,

The Five Projects

Energy Transparency in Commercial Real Estate Transactions

  • Goal: Improve buyer access to information about commercial building energy performance at the time of sale or lease.
  • Scope: Develop and pilot an approach to integrating an energy assessment into the due diligence process, which assesses risk and value at the time of sale.

Tools for Standardizing Existing Building Commissioning

  • Goal: Build capacity in the existing building commissioning (EBCx) industry to streamline complex energy saving calculations, and simplify analysis of energy usage data.
  • Scope: Develop and encourage adoption of tools and processes used by commissioning providers for EBCx projects.

Best Practices for Building Performance Tracking

  • Goal: Facilitate a more rapid uptake of building performance tracking methods, tools, and strategies into the marketplace.
  • Scope: Create and disseminate technical research, case studies, and a practical Guide for owners on best practices for building performance tracking.

Verification of Existing Building Commissioning Energy Savings

  • Goal: Resolve technical barriers to the effective verification of energy savings and provide practical guidance on applying industry-accepted methods to verify existing building commissioning (EBCx) project savings.
  • Scope: Create and disseminate a practical Guide for selecting and implementing verification methods for existing building commissioning (EBCx) projects.

Title 24 Acceptance Testing

  • Goal: Evaluate testing and compliance to understand the challenges, limitations, and opportunities for achieving the intended energy efficiency.
  • Scope: Determine the need for code revisions, improved guidance and changes to acceptance test and enforcement procedures. Provide recommendations for test and code revisions for 2011 Title 24.