SEMINAR: Scout—software for building energy efficiency impact assessment: An update on analysis capabilities and new developments
Successful implementation of a building energy efficiency program requires assessment of the program’s effect on key evaluation criteria—energy use, CO2 or other emissions, and/or cost. In particular, quantitative methods for estimating the effects of candidate energy conservation measures (ECMs) on these criteria can increase the program’s potential impact and mitigate overall program risk. Scout is open-source software developed by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Building Technologies Office (BTO) to yield these quantitative insights. Scout results provide estimates of the energy, CO2, and operating cost impacts of various ECMs on U.S. residential and commercial buildings across both long- and short-term time horizons. In this presentation, Scout’s core analysis capabilities are summarized, including building technology stock-and-flow dynamics and the adoption logic used to compete ECMs that apply to the same segments of baseline energy use. Recent applications of Scout by BTO are discussed, including the tool’s use to develop technology cost and performance targets for R&D roadmaps. Efforts to expand the user base of Scout beyond BTO are also discussed, including the deployment of a web-based user interface that supports calculation of baseline energy use segments, crowdsourcing of Scout ECM definitions, and interactive visualization of Scout results. Finally, ongoing development of Scout is outlined, including baseline data improvements for envelope technologies and miscellaneous electric loads and development of an analysis approach for grid-responsive ECMs.
Energy/Environmental Policy Research Scientist/Engineer, Simulation Research Group, Building Technology Department, Building Technology & Urban Systems Division
Jared Langevin is a Research Scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, where he models the national impacts of building efficiency on long-term energy use and CO2 emissions, develops decision support algorithms for energy flexible building operations, and researches human-building interactions. Based in Washington, D.C., Jared was previously a Science and Technology Policy Fellow at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Building Technologies Office (BTO), where he co-created BTO’s Scout program for national building efficiency impact analysis. Jared holds a Ph.D. in Architectural Engineering from Drexel University, where his research focused on measuring and modeling the adaptive interactions between building occupants and their surrounding thermal environments, examining the links between these interactions and building energy use. Before entering into his graduate studies at Drexel, Jared received a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from Carnegie Mellon University.