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Demand response as LEED base credit – one year update

It’s been one year since demand response (DR) was incorporated as a base credit for LEED building certification, and a report has been published by the U.S. Green Building Council to evaluate the program’s success in 2013. In typical energy-industry style, it’s a long one. So we decided to give you the breakdown of their findings and save you a little less-than-light-reading.

The report was based on three different points:

Recruitment and outreach to potential participants

The program successfully reached out to 572 LEED certified buildings, (totaling about 275 million square feet!) Of those contacted, 133 (about 51 million square feet) were enrolled, preparing to enroll, or were assessed for DR and found to be a suitable candidate. We’ll consider that a win.

Research and analysis of data from participants

30 buildings agreed to provide energy usage data, which was then entered into a database that will ultimately help track and curb usage patterns across the board. Close to 200 buildings participated in the Building Systems Assessment Survey, which means engineers and energy innovators can get a better idea of what we could be doing better in terms of facility controls.

Education on the program

In addition to the data collected, the report looked at usage patterns for 14 buildings collectively participating in a total of 125 demand response events. This information is intended to be the foundation of case studies that can help market the program as a success in the coming years. Major points for planning ahead and getting DR providers a foot in the door– way to go USGBC!

If you’re like us, you’ll be furiously hitting the refresh button on your browser for the next few weeks as more results are released. Or maybe not, we won’t judge.

Environmental impacts, carbon footprint data and other information is expected to be included in the finalized report scheduled to be published (fingers crossed) in Summer 2014. Stay tuned for updates!

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