Understanding and Applying the M&V Concepts and Options of IPMVP

About This Project

Measuring energy savings has become an expected skill for a wide range of building professionals, from energy consultants to stationary engineers. This full-day training explores the International Performance Measurement and Verification Protocol (IPMVP), which is the gold standard for M&V procedures in the energy efficiency industry.

The course provides an overview of M&V, define key terms, and review its key concepts. It presents and discusses M&V Options A, B, C, and D as defined in IPMVP, and reviews example savings calculations for each option.

  • Option A: Retrofit Isolation Approach: Baseline and post-installation energy use are estimated using an engineering analysis of measurements of the most critical parameter.
  • Option B: Retrofit Isolation or System-Level Approach: Baseline and post-installation energy uses are estimated by measuring all relevant parameters.
  • Option C: Whole-Building Verification: When several systems have been retrofitted, verification methods determine savings by studying overall energy use in a facility.
  • Option D: Whole-Building or Component-Level Verification: Calibrated computer simulation models of component or whole-building energy consumption determine energy savings.

The training also includes in-class exercises where the class participants apply the different M&V options by calculating energy savings for a variety of project scenarios. The instructor, David Jump, is a long-standing member of the IPMVP Committee and a major contributor to this protocol.

Read more about Measurement and Verification (M&V) and Normalized Metered Energy Consumption (NMEC) for energy efficiency projects.

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