Going Beyond Zero: A Systems Efficiency Blueprint for Building Energy Optimization and Resilience

The Alliance worked with more than 50 companies and organizations to develop the systems efficiency blueprint, which is accompanied by a call to action for buildings sector stakeholders to collaborate in the goal of achieving the next level of efficiency in buildings. It is the second report of the Alliance’s Systems Efficiency Initiative (SEI), which seeks to capitalize on new technologies allowing smarter interactions of components within and among various building systems, as well as interactions among multiple buildings, and between the building and the electric grid.

“We’ve known for years that while we need to continue making progress on the efficiency of individual components in buildings, we can’t meet our goals without also looking at buildings holistically and taking a systems approach,” said Alliance President Kateri Callahan said of the systems efficiency report. “It’s time we move from the discussion phase to execution, and that’s what this blueprint is intended to do.”

The publication is titled “Going Beyond Zero:  A Systems Efficiency Blueprint for Building Energy Optimization and Resilience” and can be found here. It is a follow-up to the 2016 SEI report, “Greater Than the Sum of its Parts: The Case for a Systems Approach to Energy Efficiency.”

The blueprint offers a broad range of actions designed to optimize building performance and achieve other benefits, such as improved resilience.  It includes 84 specific recommendations for Congress, federal agencies, state and local governments, utilities, and building professionals. The recommendations address opportunities to improve the efficiency of key building systems (e.g., lighting, hot water, miscellaneous electric loads) and their interactions, as well as to achieve efficiency gains through direct-current power distribution, grid integration, combined heat and power, and district energy systems.