BayREN Integrated Commercial Retrofits (BRICR)

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BayREN BRICR's Targeting and Proposal Tool (TPT)
The BayREN Integrated Commercial Retrofits (BRICR) project is using BTO tools SEED, Audit Template, and OpenStudio to develop a targeting and proposal tool (TPT) for retrofit projects for small and medium commercial buildings (SMCBs).
BayREN

Performers:

  • Bay Area Regional Energy Network – San Francisco, CA
  • Association of Bay Area Governments – Oakland, CA
  • Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) – Berkeley, CA
  • National Resource Ecology Laboratory (NREL) – Golden, CO
  • Open Energy Efficiency – Sausalito, CA

Partners:

  • Business Council on Climate Change – San Francisco. CA
  • City of Berkeley – Berkeley, CA
  • City of Oakland – Oakland, CA
  • City and County of San Francisco – San Francisco, CA
  • East Bay Energy Watch – San Francisco, CA
  • Emerald Cities – Washington, DC
  • Joule Assets Inc. – Bedford Hills, NY
  • Prospect Silicon Valley – San Jose, CA
  • Renew Financial – Oakland, CA
  • San Francisco Energy Watch – San Francisco, CA

DOE Total Funding: $1,398,758

Cost Share: $1,424,825

Period of Performance: 2017 – 2019

Funding Type: Solutions to Improve the Energy Efficiency of U.S. Small and Medium Commercial Buildings (DE-FOA-0001385)

Related Projects: OpenStudio, SEED

Project Objective

The small and medium commercial buildings sector is a sector hard to reach and expensive to serve. The Association of Bay Area Governments will perform modeling analysis in nine Bay Area counties to help small and medium businesses achieve the cost-effective energy efficiency improvements. BayREN Integrated Commercial Retrofits (BRICR) project will modify and enhance existing open-source tools to perform large-scale building energy modeling analysis on commercial buildings throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. One of two paths for comprehensive efficiency improvements will be suggested for building owners, deep energy retrofit or serial upgrades integrated into capital improvement cycles. BRICR will help reduce the cost of energy efficiency targeting, design, and project development in this market.

Drawing from the LBNL Commercial Building Energy Saver tool and NREL’s "Insight" large-scale simulation platform, a single online database and modeling tool will be created for performing high-level modeling on commercial buildings. The tool will allow program implementers to upload site-specific data to improve the quality of the modeled output.

Project Impact

The project aims to create a model for using data to better target and recruit small-medium commercial buildings in existing EE programs through both deep energy retrofits and serial upgrades.

Contacts

DOE Technology Manager: Amir Roth and Charles Llenza
Lead Performer: Barry Hooper, Association of Bay Area Governments

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