Energy Efficiency Programs

For the energy efficiency community, Benningfield Group provides a wide range of services that include policy development, program design & implementation, training, data collection, holistic analysis, and code improvement services. We design custom programs and tools to assist in building energy compliance and educate key parties in applicable codes and standards. We also have a wealth of experience performing inspections and desk reviews, and in providing expert building energy modeling and calculations.

 

Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas)

On-Demand Efficiency Program (ODE)

Many multifamily buildings rely on central hot water systems serviced by inefficient, continuously running pumps, wasting gas, increasing electrical usage and reducing the life of the entire water distribution system. Recognizing the significant savings opportunity, Benningfield Group designed a program for the Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas) called On-Demand Efficiency (ODE) that is FREE to qualifying SoCalGas customers.

This no cost program for multifamily building customers in the SoCalGas service territory installs an ODE controller to regulate the recirculation pump on the central water heating system. It reduces the pump operating time from 24 hours a day to as little as six hours a day, and still provides the same hot water experience to your building occupants. To date, the ODE program has installed controllers to over 128,000 dwelling units in over 3,600 communities, saving over 2.5 million therms, throughout the SoCalGas territory.

Benningfield Group works with manufacturers, distributors and contractors throughout the SoCalGas territory to administer the program. We have also created a custom database that allows us to track status, create reports, monitor inspections, and store data relating to program sites and gas savings, ensuring that quality and efficiency are conducted at every stage of the program.

For more information about the program or to apply, click here.

 

State of California Tax Credit Allocation Committee (TCAC)

California Utility Allowance Calculator (CUAC) Quality Control Reviews

Benningfield Group performs quality control reviews for California Utility Allowance Calculator (CUAC) submissions to ensure compliance with 2008 or newer, as applicable, Title 24 energy efficiency standards and sustainable building methods, as identified in California Tax Credit Allocation Committee (TCAC) program rules and regulations, for affordable multifamily developments that are awarded federal and state low income housing tax credits in California. Standard utility allowances are generally based on older housing stock and do not reflect energy efficiency gains realized in newer and rehabbed construction. Creation of a customized allowance to recognize energy efficiency design results in a more realistic allowance for utilities. This can provide property owners with increased cash flow and can ease debt coverage concerns.

 

Bay Area Regional Energy Network (BayRen)

In-Field and Technical Support

The BayREN Codes and Standards program helps Bay Area counties reduce their energy usage through improved building design and construction. The collaborative program supplies local governments with the resources they need to achieve full compliance with and enforce the California Energy Code, including best practice guides, checklists, policy support, targeted training and on-site support. Benningfield Group supports the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) and consulting firm Frontier Energy (formerly BKi) as a subcontractor on the project, implementing in-field and technical support.

In the past, our work for BayREN has consisted of:

  • Assisting jurisdictions ensure compliance
  • Determining (through primary research) both the key challenges to enforcing the energy code training, identifying tools and guides that would benefit each county, and then tracking their effectiveness as they were implemented
  • Developing several training programs (through primary research) that would address gaps in understanding of the energy code and its enforcement