2015 Energy Efficiency Global Forum Sponsored by Danfoss
Danfoss, an electronic and mechanical component manufacturer for the air-conditioning, heating, refrigeration, industrial, and water systems industries, sponsored the recent Alliance to Save Energy’s Energy Efficiency Global Forum for the eighth year in a row. Nearly 500 energy leaders attended the invitation-only event. The goal was to integrate effective policies and business practices into actionable plans for the next generation of energy efficient equipment.
Mark Menzer, director of public affairs at Danfoss North America, moderated the executive dialog session, where participants were asked the question, “What are the necessary steps to creating whole-building efficiency?” The question was meant to examine the next level of efficiency in building, where a holistic approach is necessary.
“We’ve made commendable strides in reducing the energy consumption of U.S. commercial buildings in recent years,” says Menzer. “In the last 15 years, energy use has risen only seven percent, compared to 50 percent during the prior 15 years. Looking ahead, achieving the next leap in energy efficiency will require us to look at the building as a whole – rather than as discreet pieces. And there are several converging technologies with the potential to shift the way energy is used in commercial buildings and change the role of electric utilities.”
Energy recovery, advanced building envelopes and windows, and LED lighting were discussed as a way to reduce a building’s demand for heating and cooling. Variable-speed technology was discussed as a way to reduce electricity demand, even on days the equipment is experiencing extreme loads. On-site renewable photovoltaic generation, on-site gas-fired combined heat and power, energy storage, and enhanced building systems were also cited by Menzer. The Systems Efficiency Working Group initiative from AHRI was also explored. These holistic approaches to building efficiency support the goal of doubling U.S. energy productivity by 2030.
Many other industry leaders participated in the panel discussion, including Rahul Chopra, entrepreneur and a partner at Ventus Partners, Ralph DiNola, executive director at the New Buildings Institute, Jaap Hogeling, manager of international projects at ISSO, and Richard Lord, a fellow at Carrier.