Last week Chuck Kutscher, Director of the NREL for Buildings and Thermal Systems Center, presented in Jackson, WY at the Global Business Roundtable, sponsored by the Jackson Hole Center for Global Affairs. Kutscher made a great presentation on energy use in building construction and use, how important it is, major fraction of U.S. and global energy use and GHG contribution, etc. NREL is rolling out several building and electrical grid related modeling tools for residential, commercial, industrial energy use, geared for residential and commercial buildings, campuses, communities, and microgrids.
Robert Youngberg et al. are working to introduce these tools in China, that BADLY need energy efficient design in their construction industry, meeting with a Vice Premier of China in October and he shared the following:
BEopt – Building Energy Optimization software provides capabilities to evaluate residential building designs and identify cost-optimal efficiency packages at various levels of whole-house energy savings along the path to zero net energy. http://beopt.nrel.gov/
REopt – Renewable Energy Integration and Optimization, is a techno-economic decision support model used to optimize energy systems for buildings, campuses, communities, and microgrids. REopt recommends an optimal mix of renewable energy, conventional generation, and energy storage technologies to meet cost savings and energy performance goals. https://reopt.nrel.gov/
More info on ResStock – Residential Building Stock Potential Tool, and URBANopt: NREL’s zero energy ready district modeling tool:
NREL Announces Partnership with Panasonic and Xcel Energy – July 21, 2017
Project Optimizes Denver’s Peña Station NEXT Net-Zero Energy Development https://www.nrel.gov/news/press/2017/nrel-announces-partnership-with-panasonic-and-xcel-energy.html
A couple years ago, NREL did a district plan for Denver Sun Valley neighborhood, it would be so cool for NREL to develop a plan for Lakewood as a typical urban, net-zero energy example. https://www.energy.gov/sites/prod/files/2017/04/f34/Kutscher.%20Chuck_NREL.pdf
Redfin: October 13, 2016 http://press.redfin.com/phoenix.zhtml?c=252734&p=irol-newsArticle&ID=2211329
Redfin: Energy Costs Add Little to Total Housing Expenses in California
California Cities Boast the Lowest Added Annual Costs; Several Rust Belt Cities See Added Costs of 40% or More
SEATTLE — Oct. 13, 2016 — Energy bills can add more than 40 percent to annual housing costs in several Rust Belt metros including Cleveland and Cincinnati, Ohio, and Rochester and Buffalo, NY , according to Redfin (www.redfin.com), the next-generation real estate brokerage. In several California markets, energy adds just 5 percent or less to annual housing costs.