Capture energy savings in new commercial construction

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September 22, 2020


Energy codes are an indispensable tool for state and local governments to use to improve building performance. In 2015, Minnesota adopted a new commercial building energy code with the largest increase in energy performance. Given the advancement of that magnitude, are there energy savings relative to energy code that can still be achieved and what are the energy implications? What support will help commercial building owners and developers achieve energy code savings potential? What kinds of beyond-code energy savings opportunities are still out there and how might utility conservation programs help to capture them? Join us as we tackle these questions and discuss the results of our recent field study funded by the Conservation and Applied Research and Development grant.

The study characterizes energy code elements of 78 commercial projects that are under construction or newly constructed in Minnesota. Discover how we collected data on each of these building segments through a detailed construction plan review and site visit. Learn about energy savings opportunities through existing energy codes and those beyond code including utility conservation improvement programs.


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Minnesota utilities, utility program managers, and anyone interested in the commercial new construction market.


Jeannette LeZaks, senior researcher, Slipstream

Jeannette LeZaks develops and manages residential, commercial and industrial energy efficiency research projects. She applies technical research to examine how people use energy and combines skills in geospatial analysis, billing analysis and econometrics to identify energy impacts and opportunities. Jeannette also develops survey and interview instruments, conducts interviews, and analyzes energy data to develop advanced program approaches that help utilities reach efficiency goals.