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Simplifying the Complex Nature of Portfolio-Wide Energy Efficiency Assessments on Leased Commercial Office Space

Abstract

The implementation of an energy efficiency strategy will reinforce an organizations commitment to environmental sustainability while reducing operating costs and offsetting future renewable energy purchases. As buildings move towards the era of smart and connected technologies, there remains a portion of the commercial building portfolio that continues to exhibit opportunities for capturing low hanging measures. By leveraging portfolio-wide resource consumption data, modern analytical outlier practices, a specialized process for statistical selection, and a simple yet effective interview process, WSP’s approach for leased space energy assessments resulted in an estimated 3-8% of otherwise untapped energy efficiency within a portfolio of offices. Recognizing that leased spaces present challenges related to financial and operational efficiency measures, this project embraced the benefits of behavioral change, data management, and emerging technologies as a means for more effective management practices. To facilitate the implementation of efficiency recommendations, WSP identified potential financial partnership mechanisms that allow for recognition of financial cost savings and carbon reductions while overcoming some for barriers associated with the possibility of split incentives  attributed to efficiency project implementation.

 

Presented By

Ross Dillon
Project Director
WSP

Ross is a Project Director within WSP’s Sustainability, Energy, and Climate Change group specializing in strategic energy management and corporate sustainability advising. Ross’ specialized technical and leadership expertise applies widely across sustainability strategy advisory areas including energy efficiency, renewable energy, corporate strategy and goal setting, data analytics, energy performance contracting, facility management, and energy auditing. His consultative engagements include developing sustainability and resource benchmarks harnessing advanced analytical methods, definition of short and long-term corporate goals and strategy, service and product needs identification, development of actionable frameworks for project and program implementation, and the evaluation and development of energy efficiency initiatives. His technical expertise includes calculation, analysis, and verification of commercial mechanical systems, project development of renewable energy systems, economic analysis, corporate energy strategy, technical team management, facility audits, capital expenditure project management, and cost benefit analysis. He has an educational background in building science, renewable energy, and industrial drafting & design.

Mr. Dillon holds an MA in Industrial Technology with double concentrations in Building Science and Appropriate Technologies from Appalachian State University and a BS in Industrial Drafting and Design from Appalachian State University.