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CSA wants you for new Building Energy Estimation Methodology standard


July 6, 2012
By Anthony Capkun

July 6, 2012 – CSA Group held a meeting of stakeholders last week to introduce and solicit interest in forming a new technical subcommittee (TSC) as part of its ongoing Energy Efficiency Program, says Electro-Federation Canada’s (EFC) InfoElectro. This new standard is expected to be completed in time for reference by the 2015 edition of the Canadian National Energy Code for Buildings (NECB) for Commercial and Institutional (C/I) buildings only.

A standard for an integrated building design process is needed to determine the impact of design decisions in a relatively quick and cost-effective way, says the report. The proposed standard would be a Canadian version of an 8-part German standard DIN V-18599:2007-02 “Energy efficiency of buildings”, and is expected to be a cost-effective process based on a methodology that allows a quick and relatively accurate evaluation of a given situation. This would allow designers to compare the overall energy impact of the various design options while keeping overall project costs within acceptable limits.

The methodology considers various end uses, such as HVAC, domestic hot water and lighting, as well as boundary conditions (e.g. geographical and meteorological conditions) as well as building use, operating hours and exterior obstruction.

Interested in learning more? Contact CSA Group project manager, Energy Efficiency, Mike Hopkins at mike.hopkins@csagroup.org or (417) 747-2733.

The first CSA C873 TSC meeting has been scheduled for July 11, 2012, at CSA’s Spectrum Way office in Mississauga, Ont.