Advanced building designs and component technology continue to reduce loads and embrace features such as thermal mass for shift cooling and heating loads to more advantageous times of day. At the same time, utilities and campuses are increasing their efforts to include renewable energy, and require more advanced energy storage and demand response to balance generation and consumption. Stretch codes and labelling programs have begun to specifically recognize building designs and operations that incorporate these features (e.g. LEED® v4). On the supply side, building owners can benefit from judicious energy purchasing and informed tariff selection.
This program discusses the relevant improvements that load shifting and demand response can provide, with examples of the types of utility and funding programs that are available.