Resources

Resources

  • Energy Star Program - ENERGY STAR is a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency voluntary program that helps businesses and individuals save money and protect our climate through superior energy efficiency.
  • Energy Star Energy Efficient Products - ENERGY STAR products are independently certified to save energy without sacrificing features or functionality and delivering the quality, performance, and savings that consumers have come to expect.
  • Energy Star Home Advisor - The ENERGY STAR Home Advisor was created to help homeowners improve a home's energy efficiency while adding comfort and value.
  • Energy Star Home Energy Yardstick - EPA's Home Energy Yardstick provides a simple assessment of a home's annual energy use compared to similar homes. By answering a few basic questions a homeowner can get:
    The home's Home Energy Yardstick score (on a scale of 0 to 10);
    Insights into how much the home's energy use is related to heating and cooling versus other everyday uses like appliances, lighting, and hot water;
    Links to guidance from ENERGY STAR on how to increase the home's score, improve comfort, and lower utility bills; and
    An estimate of the home's annual carbon emissions.
  • Energy Star Certified Homes and Apartments - ENERGY STAR certified homes and apartments are at least 10% more energy efficient than homes built to code and achieve a 20% improvement on average, while providing homeowners with better quality, performance, and comfort.
  • US DOE Home Performance with ENERGY STAR® - Home Performance with ENERGY STAR (HPwES) program connects homeowners with experienced and trusted contractors that can help them understand their home's energy use and identify home improvements that increase energy performance, improve comfort and health, and lower utility bills.

  • US DOE Home Energy Score - Developed by the Department of Energy and its national laboratories, the Home Energy Score™ provides home owners, buyers, and renters directly comparable and credible information about a home’s energy use. Like a miles-per-gallon rating for a car, the Home Energy Score is based on a standard assessment of energy-related assets to easily compare energy use across the housing market.

  • US DOE Solar Decathlon - Established in 2002, the Solar Decathlon® is an annual collegiate competition, comprising 10 contests, that challenges student teams to design and build highly efficient and innovative buildings powered by renewable energy. The winners are will be those teams that best blend architectural and engineering excellence with innovation, market potential, building efficiency, and smart energy production.

  • US DOE Zero Energy Ready Homes Program - Zero Energy Ready Homes represent a whole new level of home performance, with rigorous requirements that ensure outstanding levels of energy savings, comfort, health, and durability.  DOE’s Zero Energy Ready Homes program provides information on achieving these performance levels, together with recognition to buildings and builders who achieve them.

  • National Renewable Energy Laboratory: ResStock Analysis Tool - The ResStock™ Analysis Tool identifies which home improvements save the most energy and money for cities, states, municipalities, utilities, and manufacturers. This tool processes data from supercomputer simulations with a statistical model of housing stock characteristics as well as large public and private data sources.

  • National Renewable Energy Laboratory: Technology Performance Exchange - The Technology Performance Exchange™ provides consumers, manufacturers, vendors, modelers, researchers, and utilities standardized product data to facilitate and improve assessments and comparisons of building-related products. This is a centralized, web-based portal for finding and sharing information on cost-effective, energy-efficient technologies.

  • Home Energy Saver - The Home Energy Saver™ (HES) empowers homeowners and renters to reduce energy use in their homes. HES recommends energy-saving upgrades that are appropriate to the home and make sense for the home's climate and local energy prices. The money invested in these upgrades commonly earns "interest" in the form of energy bill savings, at an annual rate of 20% or more. HES also estimates the home's carbon footprint and shows how much it can be reduced.

  • RESFEN - A tool to help consumers and builders pick the most energy-efficient and cost-effective window for a given application, for new homes, additions, or as window replacements. It calculates heating and cooling energy use and associated costs as well as peak heating and cooling demand for specific window products.

  • Cool Roofs Fact Sheet - U.S. Department of Energy brochure on cool roofs; describing the science behind cool roofs, how to purchase cool roof materials, and the benefits of cool roofs.

  • Foundation Design Handbook - This handbook provides information that enables designers, builders, and homeowners to understand foundation design problems and solutions.

  • BuildingGreen - BuildingGreen, Inc. is an independent, mission-based consultancy and publisher based in Brattleboro, Vermont. For over 20 years, BuildingGreen has been the trusted source on healthy and sustainable design and construction strategies available online and in-person through consulting and training services.

  • National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) - Established by Congress, NIBS is non-profit, non-governmental organization bringing together representatives of government, the professions, industry, labor, and consumer interests to focus on the identification and resolution of problems that hamper the construction of safe, affordable structures for housing, commerce and industry throughout the United States. The Institute provides an authoritative source of advice for both the private and public sector of the economy with respect to the use of building science and technology.

  • Whole Building Design Guide (WBDG) - Maintained by the National Institute of Building Sciences, the WBDG is the only web-based portal providing government and industry practitioners with one-stop access to up-to-date information on a wide range of building-related guidance, criteria, and technology from a 'whole buildings' perspective. Currently organized into three major categories—Design Guidance, Project Management, and Operations & Maintenance—at the heart of the WBDG are Resource Pages, reductive summaries on particular topics.

  • Home Innovation Research Labs - Home Innovation Research Labs (formerly the NAHB Research Center) was founded in 1964 as a wholly-owned, independent subsidiary of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). Originating as a small product testing laboratory, it has grown to become a full-service market research, consulting, product testing, and accredited third-party certification agency dedicated solely to issues related to the home building industry.

  • Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance - The Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA) is an alliance of more than 140 Northwest utilities and energy efficiency organizations working to advance energy efficiency on behalf of more than 13 million energy consumers.

  • NEEA Emerging Technology Reports - The Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA) publishes quarterly reports on emerging technologies that can reduce energy consumption in homes and business across the Northwest.

  • Building America Solution Center - Developed and supported by the US Department of Energy, the Building America Solution Center provides access to expert information on hundreds of high-performance construction topics, including air sealing and insulation, HVAC components, windows, indoor air quality, and much more.
  • US DOE Building Technologies Office - The US Department of Energy’s Building Technologies Office leads a vast network of research and industry partners to continually develop innovative, cost-effective energy-saving solutions—better products, better new homes, better ways to improve older homes, and better buildings in which we work, shop, and lead our everyday lives.

  • US DOE Building Technologies Office: BTO Digest - The Building Technologies Office Digest provides a roundup of the latest news, funding opportunities, reports, events, and webinars from the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE's) Building Technologies Office.  Subscribe here: https://www.energy.gov/eere/buildings/bto-digest-office-newsletter

  • US DOE Building Technologies Office: Emerging Technologies Program - BTO's Emerging Technologies (ET) Program enables cost-effective, energy-efficient technologies to be developed and introduced into the marketplace. ET funds and directs applied research and development (R&D) for technologies and tools that support building energy efficiency.  Specific areas of focus include: HVAC, Water Heating, and Appliances; Windows and Building Envelope; Solid-State Lighting; Whole-Building Energy Modeling (BEM); Sensors and Controls; Buildings-to-Grid Integration

  • US DOE Building America Program - Building America has been a source of innovations in residential building energy performance, quality, affordability, and comfort for over 20 years. The research program partners with industry (including many of the top U.S. home builders) to bring cutting-edge innovations and resources to market.

  • US DOE Home Performance with ENERGY STAR® - Home Performance with ENERGY STAR (HPwES) program connects homeowners with experienced and trusted contractors that can help them understand their home's energy use and identify home improvements that increase energy performance, improve comfort and health, and lower utility bills.

  • US DOE Better Buildings Residential Network - Better Buildings Residential Network members come from all sectors of the energy efficiency industry to leverage one another's experiences and expertise in an effort to accelerate the pace of energy upgrades in existing homes. Members include state and local governments, nonprofit organizations, utilities, financial institutions, and private-sector companies involved in energy efficiency programs in their locality.

  • US DOE Better Building Residential Program Solution Center - The Better Buildings Residential Program Solution Center is a repository for lessons learned, resources, and knowledge from program administrators and industry experts across the country. Information is provided to help stakeholders plan, operate, and evaluate residential energy efficiency programs.

  • US DOE Guidelines for Home Energy Professionals - Based on decades of experience from the weatherization program the Guidelines for Home Energy Professionals include Standard Work Specifications for Home Energy Upgrades (SWS) and Home Energy Professional certifications, along with accreditation of energy-efficiency training programs.

  • US DOE Solar Decathlon - Established in 2002, the Solar Decathlon® is an annual collegiate competition, comprising 10 contests, that challenges student teams to design and build highly efficient and innovative buildings powered by renewable energy. The winners are will be those teams that best blend architectural and engineering excellence with innovation, market potential, building efficiency, and smart energy production.

  • US DOE Zero Energy Ready Homes Program - Zero Energy Ready Homes represent a whole new level of home performance, with rigorous requirements that ensure outstanding levels of energy savings, comfort, health, and durability.  DOE’s Zero Energy Ready Homes program provides information on achieving these performance levels, together with recognition to buildings and builders who achieve them.

  • Home Energy Pros Forum - The Home Energy Pros Forum is a social network and community dedicated to Home Energy professionals. Its purpose is to amplify the collective knowledge base of the Home Energy professional network by offering a space for sharing resources, education, and knowledge.  The Forum offers blogs from industry leaders and peers, an interactive discussion forum, a calendar of upcoming industry events, and a library of resources about home energy efficiency.

  • National Renewable Energy Laboratory: BEopt - The Building Energy Optimization (BEopt™) tool evaluates single-family detached and multifamily building designs and identifies the most cost-effective whole-house efficiency packages to achieve zero energy. The tool analyzes new construction and existing home retrofits, evaluating single building designs, parametric sweeps, and cost-based optimizations.

  • National Renewable Energy Laboratory: EnergyPlus - EnergyPlus® is the Building Technology Office’s state-of-the-art open-source building energy modeling (BEM) simulation engine. It provides the detailed and validated physics-based algorithms needed by building designers and researchers to accurately model whole-building system energy performance to inform integrated design, early-stage and advanced R&D, standards, policy, and investment decision-making.

  • National Renewable Energy Laboratory: foresee - foresee™ uses machine-learning algorithms, advanced data analytics, and physics-based modeling and simulation to derive data-driven appliance models and energy use patterns within a home and predict future energy consumption while coordinating the operation of connected appliances. This secure home automation system takes occupants' personal habits and priorities into account and automatically creates energy-saving scenarios homeowners can comfortably implement.

  • National Renewable Energy Laboratory: ResStock Analysis Tool - The ResStock™ Analysis Tool identifies which home improvements save the most energy and money for cities, states, municipalities, utilities, and manufacturers. This tool processes data from supercomputer simulations with a statistical model of housing stock characteristics as well as large public and private data sources.

  • National Renewable Energy Laboratory: Technology Performance Exchange The Technology Performance Exchange™ provides consumers, manufacturers, vendors, modelers, researchers, and utilities standardized product data to facilitate and improve assessments and comparisons of building-related products. This is a centralized, web-based portal for finding and sharing information on cost-effective, energy-efficient technologies.

  • RESFEN - A tool to help consumers and builders pick the most energy-efficient and cost-effective window for a given application, for new homes, additions, or as window replacements. It calculates heating and cooling energy use and associated costs as well as peak heating and cooling demand for specific window products.

  • Cool Roofs Fact Sheet - U.S. Department of Energy brochure on cool roofs; describing the science behind cool roofs, how to purchase cool roof materials, and the benefits of cool roofs.

  • Foundation Design Handbook - This handbook provides information that enables designers, builders, and homeowners to understand foundation design problems and solutions.
  • WUFI - WUFI is a menu-driven PC program which allows realistic calculation of the transient coupled one-dimensional heat and moisture transport in multi-layer building components exposed to natural weather. It is based on the newest findings regarding vapor diffusion and liquid transport in building materials and has been validated by detailed comparison with measurements obtained in the laboratory and on outdoor testing fields.

  • BuildingGreen - BuildingGreen, Inc. is an independent, mission-based consultancy and publisher based in Brattleboro, Vermont. For over 20 years, BuildingGreen has been the trusted source on healthy and sustainable design and construction strategies available online and in-person through consulting and training services.

  • National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS)Established by Congress, NIBS is non-profit, non-governmental organization bringing together representatives of government, the professions, industry, labor, and consumer interests to focus on the identification and resolution of problems that hamper the construction of safe, affordable structures for housing, commerce and industry throughout the United States. The Institute provides an authoritative source of advice for both the private and public sector of the economy with respect to the use of building science and technology.

  • Whole Building Design Guide (WBDG) - Maintained by the National Institute of Building Sciences, the WBDG is the only web-based portal providing government and industry practitioners with one-stop access to up-to-date information on a wide range of building-related guidance, criteria, and technology from a 'whole buildings' perspective. Currently organized into three major categories—Design Guidance, Project Management, and Operations & Maintenance—at the heart of the WBDG are Resource Pages, reductive summaries on particular topics.

  • Home Innovation Research Labs - Home Innovation Research Labs (formerly the NAHB Research Center) was founded in 1964 as a wholly-owned, independent subsidiary of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). Originating as a small product testing laboratory, it has grown to become a full-service market research, consulting, product testing, and accredited third-party certification agency dedicated solely to issues related to the home building industry.

  • ASHRAE - ASHRAE, founded in 1894, is a global society advancing human well-being through sustainable technology for the built environment. The Society and its members focus on building systems, energy efficiency, indoor air quality, refrigeration and sustainability within the industry. Through research, standards writing, publishing and continuing education, ASHRAE shapes tomorrow’s built environment today.

  • High Performing Buildings - Published in conjunction with ASHRAE, High Performing Buildings magazine describes measured performance of practices and technologies to promote better buildings, presenting case studies that feature integrated building design practices and improved operations and maintenance techniques. Practical solutions are presented through case studies that include measured performance data and lessons learned through the design, construction and operation of today’s best-performing buildings measured through sustainability, efficiency and whole-building performance.

  • Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance - The Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA) is an alliance of more than 140 Northwest utilities and energy efficiency organizations working to advance energy efficiency on behalf of more than 13 million energy consumers.

  • NEEA Emerging Technology Reports - The Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA) publishes quarterly reports on emerging technologies that can reduce energy consumption in homes and business across the Northwest.

  • Energy Star Certified Homes and Apartments - ENERGY STAR certified homes and apartments are at least 10% more energy-efficient than homes built to code and achieve a 20% improvement on average while providing homeowners with better quality, performance, and comfort.
  • Energy Star Energy Strategies for Buildings and Plants - ENERGY STAR has developed a suite of tools and resources help businesses determine the most cost-effective approach to managing energy use in their buildings and plants—enabling the private sector to save energy, increase profits, and strengthen their competitiveness.
  • Energy Star Portfolio Manager - ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager® is an online tool commercial building owners and managers can use to measure and track energy and water consumption, as well as greenhouse gas emissions. It allows owners and managers to benchmark the performance of one building or a whole portfolio of buildings, all in a secure online environment.
  • Building Energy Asset Score - The U.S. Department of Energy’s Building Energy Asset Score (Asset Score) is a national standardized tool for assessing the physical and structural energy efficiency of commercial and multifamily residential buildings. The Asset Score generates a simple energy efficiency rating that enables comparison among buildings and identifies opportunities to invest in energy efficiency upgrades. It is available for voluntary use and is 100% free to use.

  • US DOE Building Technologies Office - The US Department of Energy’s Building Technologies Office leads a vast network of research and industry partners to continually develop innovative, cost-effective energy-saving solutions—better products, better new homes, better ways to improve older homes, and better buildings in which we work, shop, and lead our everyday lives.

  • US DOE Building Technologies Office: BTO Digest - The Building Technologies Office Digest provides a roundup of the latest news, funding opportunities, reports, events, and webinars from the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE's) Building Technologies Office.  Subscribe here: https://www.energy.gov/eere/buildings/bto-digest-office-newsletter

  • US DOE Building Technologies Office: Emerging Technologies Program - BTO's Emerging Technologies (ET) Program enables cost-effective, energy-efficient technologies to be developed and introduced into the marketplace. ET funds and directs applied research and development (R&D) for technologies and tools that support building energy efficiency.  Specific areas of focus include: HVAC, Water Heating, and Appliances; Windows and Building Envelope; Solid-State Lighting; Whole-Building Energy Modeling (BEM); Sensors and Controls; Buildings-to-Grid Integration.

  • National Renewable Energy Laboratory: Technology Performance Exchange - The Technology Performance Exchange™ provides consumers, manufacturers, vendors, modelers, researchers, and utilities standardized product data to facilitate and improve assessments and comparisons of building-related products. This is a centralized, web-based portal for finding and sharing information on cost-effective, energy-efficient technologies.

  • National Renewable Energy Laboratory: URBANopt - The URBANopt (Urban Renewable Building And Neighborhood optimization) advanced analytics platform supports the design and optimization of urban districts and helps plan the integration of high-efficiency, sustainable energy technologies community-wide.

  • COMFEN - A tool to analyze and optimize facade options for commercial buildings, capabilities include evaluation of energy consumption, daylighting, glare, and thermal comfort.

  • Cool Roofs Fact Sheet - U.S. Department of Energy brochure on cool roofs; describing the science behind cool roofs, how to purchase cool roof materials, and the benefits of cool roofs.

  • Roof Savings Calculator - The Roof Savings Calculator was developed as an industry-consensus roof savings calculator for commercial and residential buildings using whole-building energy simulations. An annual simulation of hour-by-hour performance is calculated for the building properties provided based on weather data for the selected location. Annual energy savings reported are based upon heating and cooling loads and thus this calculator is only relevant to buildings with a heating and/or cooling unit.

  • Cool Roof Calculator - Estimates cooling and heating savings for flat roofs with non-black surfaces.

  • BuildingGreen - BuildingGreen, Inc. is an independent, mission-based consultancy and publisher based in Brattleboro, Vermont. For over 20 years, BuildingGreen has been the trusted source on healthy and sustainable design and construction strategies available online and in-person through consulting and training services.

  • National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) - Established by Congress, NIBS is non-profit, non-governmental organization bringing together representatives of government, the professions, industry, labor, and consumer interests to focus on the identification and resolution of problems that hamper the construction of safe, affordable structures for housing, commerce and industry throughout the United States. The Institute provides an authoritative source of advice for both the private and public sector of the economy with respect to the use of building science and technology.

  • Whole Building Design Guide (WBDG) - Maintained by the National Institute of Building Sciences, the WBDG is the only web-based portal providing government and industry practitioners with one-stop access to up-to-date information on a wide range of building-related guidance, criteria, and technology from a 'whole buildings' perspective. Currently organized into three major categories—Design Guidance, Project Management, and Operations & Maintenance—at the heart of the WBDG are Resource Pages, reductive summaries on particular topics.

  • High Performing Buildings - Published in conjunction with ASHRAE, High Performing Buildings magazine describes measured performance of practices and technologies to promote better buildings, presenting case studies that feature integrated building design practices and improved operations and maintenance techniques. Practical solutions are presented through case studies that include measured performance data and lessons learned through the design, construction and operation of today’s best-performing buildings measured through sustainability, efficiency and whole-building performance.

  • ASHRAE’s Building EQ Portal - ASHRAE's Building EQ Portal provides a quick energy analysis that benchmarks a building's energy performance. Building EQ assists in the preparation of an ASHRAE Level 1 Energy Audit to identify means to improve a building's energy performance including low-cost, no-cost energy efficiency measures and an Indoor Environmental Quality survey with recorded measurements to provide additional information to assess a building's performance.

  • Advanced Energy Design Guides - ASHRAE, in collaboration with AIA (American Institute of Architects), IES (Illuminating Engineering Society), USGBC (U.S. Green Building Council) and the DOE (Department of Energy) continues to develop the Advanced Energy Design Guide (AEDG) Series.   The zero-energy Guides offer designers and contractors the tools needed for achieving zero energy buildings. The 50% Guides offer designers and contractors the tools needed for achieving a 50% energy savings compared to buildings that meet the minimum requirements of Standard 90.1-2004, and the 30% Guides offer a 30% energy savings compared to buildings that meet the minimum energy requirements of Standard 90.1-1999.

  • ASHRAE Technology Portal - ASHRAE Technology Portal is a one-stop location for ASHRAE papers, articles, reports, and seminar recordings. ASHRAE Members have free access to download ASHRAE Journal articles and ASHRAE Research Reports. ASHRAE Transactions and Conference Papers and seminar recordings from ASHRAE conferences are also available to Members and nonmembers by subscription.

  • Association of Energy Engineers - The Association of Energy Engineers® (AEE) is a nonprofit professional society of over 18,000 members in more than 100 countries. The mission of AEE is “to promote the scientific and educational interests of those engaged in the energy industry and to foster action for Sustainable Development.”  AEE offers a full array of informational outreach programs including seminars (live and online), conferences, journals, books, and certification programs.

  • Building Commissioning Association - The Building Commissioning Association (BCxA) is an international non-profit organization that serves as the recognized authority and resource on commissioning. BCxA’s mission is to guide the building commissioning industry by advancing best practices and education throughout the building industry, and promoting the benefits of building commissioning to achieve buildings that work. The BCxA supports certification programs that set a high bar for the commissioning professionals who manage the total building commissioning process.

  • BCxA New Construction Building Commissioning Best Practices Guide - The New Construction Building Commissioning Best Practice guide covers a general new construction commissioning process that is applicable to most building systems and assemblies. It is process-driven, with allowable flexibility for unique conditions, and where a practice seems unclear by its varied application, more detail is given.

  • BCxA Existing Building Commissioning Best Practices Guide - This document defines the qualities and characteristics of best commissioning practices in order to promote those practices in the built environment.

  • California Commissioning Collaborative (CCC) - CCC is recognized as a leader on matters related to commissioning.  CCC’s goal is to improve overall building performance by delivering cost-effective trainings, educational information, tools, and research, with a specific focus on identifying opportunities and promoting solutions that enable the building commissioning process in California.

  • Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance - The Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA) is an alliance of more than 140 Northwest utilities and energy efficiency organizations working to advance energy efficiency on behalf of more than 13 million energy consumers.

  • NEEA Emerging Technology Reports - The Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA) publishes quarterly reports on emerging technologies that can reduce energy consumption in homes and business across the Northwest.

  • Energy Star Program - ENERGY STAR is a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency voluntary program that helps businesses and individuals save money and protect our climate through superior energy efficiency.
  • Building Energy Asset Score - The U.S. Department of Energy’s Building Energy Asset Score (Asset Score) is a national standardized tool for assessing the physical and structural energy efficiency of commercial and multifamily residential buildings. The Asset Score generates a simple energy efficiency rating that enables comparison among buildings and identifies opportunities to invest in energy efficiency upgrades. It is available for voluntary use and is 100% free to use.

  • US DOE Building Technologies Office - The US Department of Energy’s Building Technologies Office leads a vast network of research and industry partners to continually develop innovative, cost-effective energy-saving solutions—better products, better new homes, better ways to improve older homes, and better buildings in which we work, shop, and lead our everyday lives.

  • US DOE Building Technologies Office: BTO Digest -The Building Technologies Office Digest provides a roundup of the latest news, funding opportunities, reports, events, and webinars from the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE's) Building Technologies Office. Subscribe here: https://www.energy.gov/eere/buildings/bto-digest-office-newsletter

  • US DOE Building Technologies Office: Emerging Technologies Program BTO's Emerging Technologies (ET) Program enables cost-effective, energy-efficient technologies to be developed and introduced into the marketplace. ET funds and directs applied research and development (R&D) for technologies and tools that support building energy efficiency.  Specific areas of focus include: HVAC, Water Heating, and Appliances; Windows and Building Envelope; Solid-State Lighting; Whole-Building Energy Modeling (BEM); Sensors and Controls; Buildings-to-Grid Integration.

  • National Renewable Energy Laboratory: BEopt - The Building Energy Optimization (BEopt™) tool evaluates single-family detached and multifamily building designs and identifies the most cost-effective whole-house efficiency packages to achieve zero energy. The tool analyzes new construction and existing home retrofits, evaluating single building designs, parametric sweeps, and cost-based optimizations.

  • National Renewable Energy Laboratory: EnergyPlus - EnergyPlus® is the Building Technology Office’s state-of-the-art open-source building energy modeling (BEM) simulation engine. It provides the detailed and validated physics-based algorithms needed by building designers and researchers to accurately model whole-building system energy performance to inform integrated design, early-stage and advanced R&D, standards, policy, and investment decision-making.

  • National Renewable Energy Laboratory: forsee - foresee™ uses machine-learning algorithms, advanced data analytics, and physics-based modeling and simulation to derive data-driven appliance models and energy use patterns within a home and predict future energy consumption while coordinating the operation of connected appliances. This secure home automation system takes occupants' personal habits and priorities into account and automatically creates energy-saving scenarios homeowners can comfortably implement.

  • National Renewable Energy Laboratory: OpenStudio CBC - The OpenStudio® platform is a collection of open-source software tools that brings together physics-based BEM, large-scale computing capabilities, and data science tools to enable a broad range of building energy analysis applications. The platform includes a software development kit for programmatic access to BEM engines including EnergyPlus®, support for scripting and workflow automation called OpenStudio Measures, prototype building models and standards-related model transformations via the OpenStudio Standards gem, and large-scale simulation analyses on local, cluster, and cloud resources via the OpenStudio Server.

  • National Renewable Energy Laboratory: Technology Performance Exchange - The Technology Performance Exchange™ provides consumers, manufacturers, vendors, modelers, researchers, and utilities standardized product data to facilitate and improve assessments and comparisons of building-related products. This is a centralized, web-based portal for finding and sharing information on cost-effective, energy-efficient technologies.

  • National Renewable Energy Laboratory: URBANopt - The URBANopt (Urban Renewable Building And Neighborhood optimization) advanced analytics platform supports the design and optimization of urban districts and helps plan the integration of high-efficiency, sustainable energy technologies community-wide.

  • COMFEN - A tool to analyze and optimize facade options for commercial buildings, capabilities include evaluation of energy consumption, daylighting, glare, and thermal comfort.

  • Cool Roofs Fact Sheet U.S. Department of Energy brochure on cool roofs; describing the science behind cool roofs, how to purchase cool roof materials, and the benefits of cool roofs.

  • Roof Savings Calculator - The Roof Savings Calculator was developed as an industry-consensus roof savings calculator for commercial and residential buildings using whole-building energy simulations. An annual simulation of hour-by-hour performance is calculated for the building properties provided based on weather data for the selected location. Annual energy savings reported are based upon heating and cooling loads and thus this calculator is only relevant to buildings with a heating and/or cooling unit.

  • WUFI - WUFI is a menu-driven PC program which allows realistic calculation of the transient coupled one-dimensional heat and moisture transport in multi-layer building components exposed to natural weather. It is based on the newest findings regarding vapor diffusion and liquid transport in building materials and has been validated by detailed comparison with measurements obtained in the laboratory and on outdoor testing fields.

  • Cool Roof Calculator - Estimates cooling and heating savings for flat roofs with non-black surfaces.

  • BuildingGreen - BuildingGreen, Inc. is an independent, mission-based consultancy and publisher based in Brattleboro, Vermont. For over 20 years, BuildingGreen has been the trusted source on healthy and sustainable design and construction strategies available online and in-person through consulting and training services.

  • National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) - Established by Congress, NIBS is non-profit, non-governmental organization bringing together representatives of government, the professions, industry, labor and consumer interests to focus on the identification and resolution of problems that hamper the construction of safe, affordable structures for housing, commerce and industry throughout the United States. The Institute provides an authoritative source of advice for both the private and public sector of the economy with respect to the use of building science and technology.

  • Whole Building Design Guide (WBDG) - Maintained by the National Institute of Building Sciences, the WBDG is the only web-based portal providing government and industry practitioners with one-stop access to up-to-date information on a wide range of building-related guidance, criteria and technology from a 'whole buildings' perspective. Currently organized into three major categories—Design Guidance, Project Management and Operations & Maintenance—at the heart of the WBDG are Resource Pages, reductive summaries on particular topics.

  • ASHRAE - ASHRAE, founded in 1894, is a global society advancing human well-being through sustainable technology for the built environment. The Society and its members focus on building systems, energy efficiency, indoor air quality, refrigeration and sustainability within the industry. Through research, standards writing, publishing and continuing education, ASHRAE shapes tomorrow’s built environment today.

  • High Performing Buildings - Published in conjunction with ASHRAE, High Performing Buildings magazine describes measured performance of practices and technologies to promote better buildings, presenting case studies that feature integrated building design practices and improved operations and maintenance techniques. Practical solutions are presented through case studies that include measured performance data and lessons learned through the design, construction and operation of today’s best-performing buildings measured through sustainability, efficiency and whole-building performance.

  • ASHRAE’s Building EQ Portal - ASHRAE's Building EQ Portal provides a quick energy analysis that benchmarks a building's energy performance. Building EQ assists in the preparation of an ASHRAE Level 1 Energy Audit to identify means to improve a building's energy performance including low-cost, no-cost energy efficiency measures and an Indoor Environmental Quality survey with recorded measurements to provide additional information to assess a building's performance.

  • Advanced Energy Design Guides - ASHRAE, in collaboration with AIA (American Institute of Architects), IES (Illuminating Engineering Society), USGBC (U.S. Green Building Council) and the DOE (Department of Energy) continues to develop the Advanced Energy Design Guide (AEDG) Series.   The zero energy Guides offer designers and contractors the tools needed for achieving zero energy buildings. The 50% Guides offer designers and contractors the tools needed for achieving a 50% energy savings compared to buildings that meet the minimum requirements of Standard 90.1-2004, and the 30% Guides offer a 30% energy savings compared to buildings that meet the minimum energy requirements of Standard 90.1-1999.

  • ASHRAE Technology Portal - ASHRAE Technology Portal is a one-stop location for ASHRAE papers, articles, reports, and seminar recordings. ASHRAE Members have free access to download ASHRAE Journal articles and ASHRAE Research Reports. ASHRAE Transactions and Conference Papers and seminar recordings from ASHRAE conferences are also available to Members and nonmembers by subscription.

  • Association of Energy Engineers - The Association of Energy Engineers® (AEE) is a nonprofit professional society of over 18,000 members in more than 100 countries. The mission of AEE is “to promote the scientific and educational interests of those engaged in the energy industry and to foster action for Sustainable Development.”  AEE offers a full array of informational outreach programs including seminars (live and online), conferences, journals, books, and certification programs.

  • Building Commissioning Association - The Building Commissioning Association (BCxA) is an international non-profit organization that serves as the recognized authority and resource on commissioning. BCxA’s mission is to guide the building commissioning industry by advancing best practices and education throughout the building industry, and promoting the benefits of building commissioning to achieve buildings that work. The BCxA supports certification programs that set a high bar for the commissioning professionals who manage the total building commissioning process.

  • BCxA New Construction Building Commissioning Best Practices Guide - The New Construction Building Commissioning Best Practice guide covers a general new construction commissioning process that is applicable to most building systems and assemblies. It is process driven, with allowable flexibility for unique conditions, and where a practice seems unclear by its varied application, more detail is given.

  • BCxA Existing Building Commissioning Best Practices Guide - This document defines the qualities and characteristics of best commissioning practices in order to promote those practices in the built environment.

  • California Commissioning Collaborative (CCC) - CCC is recognized as a leader on matters related to commissioning.  CCC’s goal is to improve overall building performance by delivering cost-effective trainings, educational information, tools, and research, with a specific focus on identifying opportunities and promoting solutions that enable the building commissioning process in California.

  • Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance The Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA) is an alliance of more than 140 Northwest utilities and energy efficiency organizations working to advance energy efficiency on behalf of more than 13 million energy consumers.

  • NEEA Emerging Technology Reports - The Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA) publishes quarterly reports on emerging technologies that can reduce energy consumption in homes and business across the Northwest.