Program Results from the State of Minnesota's Existing Building Commissioning Program

The State of Minnesota's Public Buildings Enhanced Energy Efficiency Program (PBEEEP) is modeled after other successful utility recommissioning programs. The Center for Energy and Environment's goal for PBEEEP was to transform the existing building commissioning (EBCx) market in Minnesota from an audit based approach to a date-based investigation to achieve verifiable, persistent savings.

This paper provides the results of energy investigations of 227 buildings containing nearly 19 million square feet located on 50 sites throughout the state of Minnesota. The participation rate in the program was very high (75% of the targeted buildings), which provides a useful measure of the potential for broadly implemented existing building recommissioning programs. Several best practices for program managers were identified, as well as a number of lessons learned that surfaced as the result of a rigorous quality assurance process. Our experience highlights the need for a training and certification process for EBCx providers if customers are to receive consistent, high quality projects. 

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Program Results from the State of Minnesota's Existing Building Commissioning Program