Future-Looking Emission Factors: Development - IBPSA-USA Education Committee

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Many cities, states, and countries have set aggressive decarbonization goals in recent years. However, translating high level goals into day-to-day building performance modeling remains a challenge because there is a wide range of methodologies to quantify emissions. The IBPSA-USA Education Committee is hosting a 2-part webinar series on future-looking emission factors with industry experts. The September webinar provides an introduction to the different types of future-looking emission factors that are available and presentations about the development process. See the presentation slides here.

The October webinar will feature speakers discussing current applications both at the state and national level, and the decision process for selecting which factors to implement.

Thank you to our event sponsor Resource Refocus

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Resource Refocus provides innovative, technical consulting on energy use in buildings to help building industry stakeholders design and deliver zero net energy, zero carbon, and energy efficiency research, projects, and initiatives.

Presenters:

Michael Sontag joined E3 in 2016. He develops models to explore grid integration of renewable energy; retail rate design; and the value of distributed energy technologies such as energy efficiency, storage, and flexible loads. His expertise encompasses demand-side resources, energy modeling in commercial buildings, and data analytics. He has also worked as a product manager for a sustainable building materials company and as an energy efficiency engineer.

Michael believes that sustainable global energy consumption is the moonshot of the 21st century. He is pleased to help illuminate the path forward and sees great potential value for flexible loads, a resource that remains largely untapped.

Education: MS, civil engineering, atmosphere and energy, Stanford University; BS, mechanical engineering, University of California, Berkeley; licensed professional engineer in mechanical engineering (California).

Pieter Gagnon is a Senior Energy System Analyst at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. His primary research focus is on the interaction between the demand and the supply side of the electric sector, and uses NREL's grid models to create data products that can help bring what we know about the evolving electric grid into demand-side planning, evaluation, and decision-making. He has lead the development and release of NREL’s new Cambium data product, which includes forward-looking emission metrics.