The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has released the updated LEED Demand Response Pilot Credit that is expected to increase participation in automated demand response programs.
With contributions from industry experts from the Demand Response Research Center at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab (LBNL), Schneider Electric, and Skipping Stone, the credit was launched in 2010.
In connection to this, the UL Environment Inc., a business unit of UL (Underwriters Laboratories), has announced that its services can help LEED projects meet the pilot credit requirements, meaning the qualified products that it would evaluate can contribute extra innovation points toward LEED certification.
LEED projects that can shift energy consumption during peak events by 10pc of peak load demand can meet the credit and will earn a point towards LEED certification when they participate in existing utility sponsored demand response programs. The said programs meet should meet guidelines established in the pilot credit.
Moreover, projects that implement semi or fully automated demand response programs in their buildings can avail of additional points.
Jim Anderson, vice president USA Utility and Smart Grid Business for Schneider Electric, said: “By forming a team leveraging the demand response research from LBNL, energy market expertise from Skipping Stone, and our own diverse and deep experience with buildings, we believe this credit will really make a difference in the overall smart grid adoption by the commercial sector.”
The new green building certification includes smart grid credit. It allows for choosing between semi- or fully-automated demand response capabilities allowing facilities to take advantage of real-time energy pricing.
Currently, the USGBC plans to implement a concentrated market test of the Demand Response Pilot Credit, which will be launched in certain utility territories. The green building council intends to promote the new the credit and encourage adoption of demand response within the building community.
The program will also include an education and market feedback mechanism to foster knowledge sharing and measure the impact the building community can have on the grid and the environment.
Mark MacCracken, Chairman of Board of USGBC, said: “To achieve success, this LEED credit requires coordination between the building community, utilities, and wholesale power market operators with qualified programs.
“We believe that the new requirements create a straightforward framework for LEED teams to implement demand response, while delivering benefits to both the power grid and to the environment.”