Monday, November 11, 2013
We all know that the United States Green Business Council (USGBC) developed the LEED program to promote efficiency through integrative design, and it is clear that unified building systems are crucial for attaining the high levels of efficiency that a LEED certification demands. That being said, it will come as no surprise to those familiar with LOBOS to hear that the USGBC has invited Enerliance to participate in their Demand Response Partnership Program (DRRP) as a technology solution provider and a contributor to the research that will continue to inform the development of LEED Pilot Credit 8: Demand Response.
Why Enerliance? Because LOBOS is a real world example of the unified and integrated technology concepts promoted by LEED. The LOBOS software utilizes HVAC intelligence and real time control to deliver both Energy Efficiency and Automated Demand Response on a single platform.
“We are pleased to announce this exciting new partnership with Enerliance,” said USGBC Vice President, LEED, Brendan Owens. “Working together, along with our research partners, we will be able to take a much needed look at the interrelationships between energy demand, energy efficiency, demand response, and the commercial building sector.”
The DRPP is a collaboration between the USGBC and the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), bringing together both sides of the grid – utilities and technology solution providers plus owners and managers of LEED registered and certified buildings – with the end goal of increasing participation in Demand Response and Smart Grid programs. Other members of the DRPP are Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), Southern California Edison (SCE), NV Energy, and Skipping Stone.
The USGBC approached Enerliance because of the success rates that LOBOS equipped buildings have achieved in California demand response programs. Buildings outfitted with the LOBOS software easily and automatically participate in the demand response programs which are so critical to managing the strain on overworked electricity grids. As of this date, LOBOS is providing more than 20MW of utility tested Auto-DR capacity to the Southern California Grid.
“Periods of peak-demand on the electrical grid can cause blackouts, but they also drive high on-peak energy costs that effect businesses and residences alike,” says Enerliance DRPP Project Manager, Greg Bair. “While demand response programs can help mitigate this system strain, participation can be a time and labor intensive process. What makes LOBOS so effective is its automated functionality and comfort focus.”
As a research partner for LEED Pilot Credit 8: Demand Response, Enerliance will share data and experience pertaining to HVAC demand response. According to Enerliance CEO Scot Duncan “We believe that any HVAC demand response approach that sacrifices occupant comfort is bound to fail. By actively managing the impact to occupant comfort, LOBOS makes it possible to curtail the largest load in the building, the HVAC system, and participate in these critically important demand response programs.”
LOBOS not only supplies a building with automated demand response when necessary, it also has an integrated energy efficiency component that reduces overall energy consumption by making constant micro-adjustments to an HVAC system every minute of the day. This overall attention to efficiency allows for the kinds of energy cost savings that make demand response participation a fiscally worthwhile endeavor for building owners. The energy efficiency component to LOBOS is, at the most recent count, delivering $3.5-million in annual energy savings.
We see our participation in the development of LEED Pilot Credit 8 as a great honor and as further validation of the LOBOS demand response functionality. We believe it is only a matter of time before LOBOS becomes the standard for large scale commercial HVAC efficiency.