RESNET Board announced the Commercial Energy Services Network’s (COMNET’s) first publication of the COMNET Commercial Buildings Energy Modeling Guidelines and Procedures. This manual offers guidance to building energy modelers, ensuring technically rigorous and credible assessment of energy performance of commercial and multifamily residential buildings. It provides a streamlined process that can be used with various existing modeling software and systems, across a range of programs.
Notably, the COMNET guidelines will offer the first truly straightforward, cost-effective, and widely applicable procedures for owners to demonstrate that their buildings qualify for federal energy efficient building tax deductions of up to $1.80 per square foot, per Section 179D of the Internal Revenue Code. The guidelines can also be used in calculating percent energy savings for point eligibility for green building rating systems, and in modeling annual energy consumption for use with building energy labels. The guidelines are now available for incorporation by reference.
The COMNET Modeling Guidelines and Procedures are the product of a consensus development process involving extensive public review and comment. The process was led by RESNET’s COMNET Standing Committee.
The RESNET COMNET Committee is composed of the following members:
Charles Eley (Architectural Energy Corporation) Chairman
Martha Brook (California Energy Commission)
Philip Fairey (Florida Solar Energy Center)
David Goldstein (NRDC)
Michael Holtz (LightLouver)
Cliff Majersik (Institute for Market Transformation)
Mike Opitz (USGBC)
Bill Prindle (ICF International)
Steve Taylor (Taylor Engineering/ASHRAE)
Colin McCormick (U.S. Department of Energy)
Jean Lupinacci (U.S. Environment Protection Agency)
In February 2010 the RESNET Board of Directors approved making COMNET an initiative of RESNET. COMNET is a natural component of RESNET’s mission of setting the standards for the rating, inspection and testing of the energy performance of buildings.
For more information on COMNET click on http://www.comnet.org/