Commercial Energy & Cost Savings Analysis

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) encourages greater energy efficiency in commercial buildings through the development and implementation of model energy codes and standards. In support of this goal, DOE assesses the savings associated with updated editions of ANSI/ASHRAE/IES Standard 90.1: Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential buildings. DOE relies on an established methodology, and conducts both national and custom state-level analyses. In addition, a State Savings Calculator allows for further customization based on various economic perspectives and other state-level assumptions.

National Analysis

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) assesses recent editions of ASHRAE Standard 90.1 to quantify the associated energy & cost savings. This analysis confirms the cost-effectiveness of updated editions of the model codes in prominent building types across U.S. climate zones, and is of interest to policymakers, as well as adopting states & localities. The following national analyses are currently available:

State Analysis

PNNL also conducts analysis to assess savings and cost effectiveness within individual states. These analyses are customized based on current state energy codes, and take into account varying state-level conditions, such as incremental costs, utility rates and construction trends. The table below contains reports covering the various state scenarios based on ASHRAE Standard 90.1-2013.

State Savings Calculator

The State Savings Calculator provides a means of further tailoring state-level cost-effectiveness analysis. This interactive tool mimics the overall DOE methodology, but allows for customized economic assumptions and other parameters that may vary on a state-by-state basis. These include parameters such as local cost adjustments, energy prices and escalation rates, inflation and taxes, loan terms, and the overall study period used for the analysis. A report can also be generated that summarizes results in a format similar to the official PNNL state analysis reports.

Download the commercial state savings calculator:
Note: The calculator is based in Microsoft Excel. Macros must be enabled for proper functioning. It is recommended to open the calculator in a separate instance of Excel.

State Cost-effectiveness Analysis for ASHRAE 90.1-2013
Alabama Alaska Arizona Arkansas
California* Colorado Connecticut Delaware
District of Columbia Florida Georgia Hawaii
Idaho Illinois Indiana Iowa
Kansas Kentucky Louisiana Maine
Maryland Massachusetts Michigan Minnesota
Mississippi Missouri Montana Nebraska
Nevada New Hampshire New Jersey New Mexico
New York North Carolina North Dakota Ohio
Oklahoma Oregon* Pennsylvania Rhode Island
South Carolina South Dakota Tennessee Texas
Utah Vermont Virginia Washington*
West Virginia Wisconsin* Wyoming  
*The structure of this state's code differs substantially from that of ASHRAE 90.1 or the IECC equivalent.

Energy & cost savings analyses for previous editions of ASHRAE Standard 90.1 are also archived.