Measurement and Verification in ESPCs
On Demand Training
The course is intended to provide students with a thorough understanding of the key issues in Energy Savings Performance Contracts (ESPCs) Measurement and Verification (M&V) so that they can negotiate for better M&V in their projects. There are three modules. The first introduces basic M&V concepts such as the critical importance of M&V in performance contracts, the inherent un-measurability of savings, savings uncertainty, the difference between retrofit isolation and whole building M&V approaches, and the four IPMVP-sanctioned M&V "options." The second module, discusses each of the M&V Option will be in greater detail so that one can see why one would select a specific Option, given a scenario and ECM. The third module covers some of the common issues that one might encounter especially in M&V plans. This module will also cover other issues related to the M&V process and also discuss some of the available M&V resources and tools that can help to mitigate them.
Upon completing this course, you will be able to:
- Describe the background of Energy Savings Performance Contracts M&V and the M&V processs;
- Identify and choose the appropriate solution among the four M&V Options: retrofit isolation methods (Option A & B), whole building utility bill method (Option C), and calibrated simulation (Option D);
- Understand the four categories of operation characteristics in M&V applications: Constant Load, Timed Schedule (CLTS); Variable Load, Timed Schedule (VLTS); Constant Load, Variable Schedule (CLVS); and Variable Load, Variable Schedule (VLVS);
- Identify common M&V issues in M&V plans; and
- Explain some of the common M&V tools and resources.
This e-learning course is hosted on the Whole Building Design Guide (WBDG) learning management system. To take the course, click the Start button below. Then log into the WBDG system to launch the course and take the multiple choice assessment. Students will earn .40 IACET CEUs upon successful completion of the course and assessment.
- Phil Coleman, Technical Lead, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Read bio.
- Shankar Earni, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Read bio.
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