From the classroom to the construction site: packing the pipeline with energy efficiency

Published: 2012

Paper for ACEEE 2012 Summer Study by Sandra Henry, ComEd; Karen Koski, Melanie Lord, Ingo Bensch, Dave Vigliotta and Kathryn Schiedermayer (former director of education), Energy Center of Wisconsin. This paper presents results, highlights areas for further research and presents suggestions for tying training more directly to the savings component of an energy efficiency program.

In 2009 ComEd developed its Smart Ideas for Your Business® New Construction Service, a program offering technical assistance and financial incentives, and broke ground by integrating education and training into the program. The goal was to help achieve short-term savings goals while also encouraging building owners, designers and architects to exceed standard new construction, renovation and lighting practices.

The program was successful in meeting and exceeding its short-term savings goals with its technical assistance and incentives. To assess the impact of the training component on changing building practices, the Energy Center collaborated with ComEd to conduct targeted research exploring the impact of individual training workshops on the implementation of energy efficiency strategies on new commercial construction and/or major renovation projects.

Attempting to quantify these impacts is important as energy efficiency program managers face increasing pressure to deliver energy savings. Being able to tie training directly to possible energy savings gives program managers support for continuing to include training in resource acquisition programs. This paper presents results, highlights areas for further research and presents suggestions for tying training more directly to the savings component of an energy efficiency program.

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