Advancing Building Electrification Projects at an EPIC Scale
Beneficial electrification (or strategic electrification) projects are projects that involve the replacement of systems involving direct fossil fuel use (e.g. natural gas, propane, heating oil) with systems using electricity only. Beneficial electrification projects provide a path to buildings and systems supplied with energy from renewable energy production sources as opposed to energy production sources or systems that rely on fossil fuel use, resulting in overall emission reduction.
For existing buildings, conversion to all-electric HVAC systems usually involves variable refrigerant flow (VRF) or heat pump systems. Analyzing these system options can be involved and can come with a high cost associated with a high level of effort, requiring detailed building energy simulations or complicated spreadsheet analysis.
Bringing beneficial electrification projects to scale requires an analysis solution that can evaluate the energy savings, costs and financial projections of these systems quickly and easily to engage building owners early on and provide sound engineering and cost analytics to support investment decisions.
This session will present the EPIC™ (Energy Performance Improvement Calculator) tool, a technology-enabled software application that empowers energy professionals to conduct audits and system conversion analysis more time and cost-effectively, while still being able to provide technically sound analysis to support a building owner’s investment decision-making – particularly when considering conversion to costly all-electric HVAC systems.
Tracy Phillips is the Director of the Colorado C-PACE Program, and is a Certified Energy Manager, Certified Demand Side Management Professional, Certified Measurement and Verification Professional, and holds a Master’s Degree in Physics. His 25 years of experience includes energy audits, recommissioning, measurement and verification, master planning, sustainable design assistance, and third-party technical reviews. He is currently serving as the Chair of the IPMVP Committee and a member of Colorado’s Building Performance Standards Task Force and is the former Technical Director of GBCI's Investor Confidence Project.