Tools

Buildings
Commercial Building Analysis Tool for Energy-Efficient Retrofits (COMBAT)

The Commercial Building Analysis Tool (COMBAT) for Energy Efficient Retrofits analyzes commercial building retrofit energy savings and investment cost-effectiveness. The intended audience is retrofit practitioners, policymakers, facility managers, and engineers.

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Commercial Building Analysis Tool for Energy-Efficient Retrofits

Multizone Airflow and Contaminant Transport Analysis Software (CONTAM)

Berkeley Lab contributes to the National Institute of Standards and Technology's Multizone Airflow and Contaminant Transport Analysis Software (CONTAM), a whole-building airflow and pollutant transport tool. CONTAM couples a multizone network airflow model to a well-mixed pollutant transport model to predict the transport and fate of airborne materials. It includes deposition, filtration, source terms, and other transport models. The intended audience is a broad range of users, scientists, and regulators.

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CONTAM

Distributed Energy Resources Customer Adoption Model (DER-CAM)

The Distributed Energy Resources Customer Adoption Model (DER-CAM) produces optimal investment decisions and dispatch for technologies as fuel cells, PV, solar thermal, electric/heat storage, heat pumps, EVs, etc.; and minimizes annual energy costs, CO2 emissions, or multiple objectives of providing services to buildings. The intended audience is Distributed Energy Resources project developers and renewable energy integration researchers.

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Grid Integration Group's Distributed Energy Resources Customer Adoption Model (DER-CAM)

Full-Fuel Cycle Accounting, Emissions Analysis, and Utility Impact Analysis (NIAplus)

The Full-Fuel Cycle Accounting, Emissions Analysis, and Utility Impact Analysis (NIAplus) model is used to assess the full-fuel cycle national energy savings that may result from standards. Assess the reductions in carbon dioxide and other emissions, including their monetized benefits. Assess impacts on utilities, electricity generation, and capacity.

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Click on the link below and then select a product of interest. Then click on the link for "Technical Support Document" and refer to Chapters 13 and 15.

Full-Fuel Cycle Accounting, Emissions Analysis, and Utility Impact Analysis

National Impact Analysis (NIA)

The National Impacts Analysis (NIA) model is used to assess aggregate impacts at the national level, as measured by the net present value of total consumer economic impacts and the national energy savings, of potential efficiency standards for appliances and commercial equipment.

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Click on the link below and select a product of interest. Then click on the link for "National Impact Analysis." You can also refer to the link for "Technical Support Document" and go to Chapter 10.

National Impact Analysis

Product Life-Cycle Costs and Payback Period Analysis (LCC/PBP)

The Life-cycle cost and payback period (LCC-PBP) model calculates, at the consumer level, the savings in operating costs compared to any increase in purchase and installation cost likely to result directly from a given efficiency standard for appliances and commercial equipment.

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Click on the link below and select a product of interest. Then click on the link for "Life-Cycle Cost Analysis." You can also refer to the link for "Technical Support Document" and go to Chapter 8.

Product Life-Cycle Costs and Payback Period Analysis

Product Markups Analysis (Markups)

The Product Markups Analysis tool assists in the development of distribution channel markups that relate the manufacturer production cost (MPC) to the cost to the consumer.

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Click on the link below and select a product of interest. Then click on the link for "Technical Support Document." You can also refer to Chapter 6 or the link for "Life-Cycle Cost Analysis."

Product Markups Analysis

Product Shipments Forecasting (Shipments)

The Product Shipments Forecasting tool is a a shipment-forecasting technique for appliances that generates an accounting of the purchase, repair, and replacement of appliances by fuel type and efficiency level, under different regulatory scenarios. Also can include a consumer choice model that uses a logit decision probability function calibrated to historical trends.

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Click on the link below and select a product of interest. Then click on the link for "Technical Support Document" and refer to Chapter 9. You can also refer to the link for "National Impact Analysis."

Product Shipments Forecasting

Energy & Water Use Analysis

The Energy and Water Use Analysis model is used to evaluate the change in performance of a product resulting from higher efficiency in real-world conditions.

Link to website for download:

Click on the link bellow and select a product of interest. Then click on link for "Technical Support Document" and refer to Chapter 7. You can also reference the link for "Life-Cycle Cost Analysis".

Energy & Water Use Analysis

International Database of Efficient Appliances (IDEA)

International Database of Efficient Appliances (IDEA) automatically compiles data from a wide variety of online sources—including online retailers, manufacturer websites, and government efficiency databases--to create a unified repository of information on efficiency, price, and features for a wide range of energy-consuming products across global markets. Data from IDEA enables researchers and policymakers to gain a complete and up-to-date picture of the status of appliance energy efficiency in various markets.

This tool is not publicly accessible. Please contact Brian Gerke for more information.

Cross Sector
Benchmarking and Energy Saving Tool for Low Carbon Cities (BEST Cities)

The Benchmarking and Energy Saving Tool for Low Carbon Cities (BEST-Cities) provides officials a comprehensive perspective on their local energy and carbon performance. Recommends city authorities with strategies to achieve energy savings and citywide carbon emissions reduction.

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BEST Cities Tool

Benchmarking and Energy Saving Tool for the Dairy Industry (BEST-Dairy)

The Benchmarking and Energy Saving Tool for the Dairy Industry (BEST-Dairy) is a free tool for benchmarking energy/water savings in various dairy processes.

This BEST-Dairy benchmarking tool (V1.2, 2011) is developed for industrial users to compile data on energy and water usage in their own dairy processing plants, and to compare the efficiency levels with those of best references. It is developed and distributed by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL).

The BEST-Dairy tool allows a user to calculate energy and water use intensity and obtain a benchmarking score(s) for the selected plant, as compared with the best available references that we have identified from literature search nationally and globally. With the best references as the baseline, a higher benchmark score normally means higher savings potential from future efficiency improvement in your plant. The BEST-Dairy is intended to serve as a quick assessment of relative energy and water efficiency, which may also help to identify potential savings opportunities in the plant and processes. Users of the BEST-Dairy are advised that additional information and evaluation of the technologies be needed when considering system upgrades.

This tool is not publicly accessible. Please contact Jing Ke for more information..

CalTOX

CalTOX is a set of spreadsheet models and spreadsheet data sets to assist in assessing human exposures from continuous releases to multiple environmental media, i.e. air, soil, and water. The modeling components of CalTOX include a multimedia transport and transformation model, multi-pathway exposure scenario models, and add-ins to quantify and evaluate uncertainty and variability. All parameter values used as inputs to CalTOX are distributions, described in terms of mean values and a coefficient of variation, rather than as point estimates or plausible upper values such as most other models employ. This probabilistic approach allows both sensitivity and uncertainty analyses to be directly incorporated into the model operation.

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CalTOX Tool

China 2050 Demand Resources Energy Analysis Model (DREAM)

The China 2050 Demand Resources Energy Analysis Model (DREAM), also known as the China 2050 Model, uses the Long-range Energy Alternatives Planning (LEAP) platform to characterize past and future Chinese energy consumption, evaluate the energy and emissions impact of specific policies in the buildings, industrial, transportation, and power sector, analyze the environmental impacts of CO2 and SO2 co-controls, and perform policy and technical efficiency scenario analysis.

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China 2050 Demand Resources Energy Analysis Model

Cloud Energy and Emissions Research Model (CLEER)

The CLoud Energy and Emissions Research (CLEER) Model is a system-wide infrastructure analysis tool is a comprehensive user friendly open-access model for assessing the net energy and emissions implications of cloud services in different regions and at different levels of market adoption. The model aims to provide full transparency on calculations and input value assumptions so that its results can be replicated and its data and methods can be easily refined and improved by the research community. The overarching purpose of the CLEER Model is to encourage and enable open scientific research on the positive and negative impacts of cloud services.

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CLEER Model

Eco and Low-carbon Indicator Tool for Evaluating Cities (ELITE Cities)

The Eco and Low-carbon Indicator Tool for Evaluating Cities (ELITE Cities) defines a low carbon eco-city. Evaluates and compares international and Chinese cities with indicators to assess progress, identify best practices and facilitate policy recommendations.

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Eco and Low-carbon Indicator Tool for Evaluating Cities

Green Resources and Energy Appraising Tool (GREAT)

The Green Resources and Energy Appraising Tool (GREAT) develops a city's GHG inventory, scenario generation on future energy and emissions, evaluates the impact of different policies, and helps to set target and develop action plans and target allocation.

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Green Resources and Energy Appraising Tool

Lifecycle Industry GHgas Technology and Energy Through the User Phase (LIGHTnUP)

Lifecycle Industry GHgas Technology and Energy through the Use Phase (LIGHTnUP) is used to forecast both the manufacturing sector and product life-cycle energy consumption implications of manufactured products across the U.S. economy.

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LIGHTnUP Tool

Policy Analysis Modeling System for Minimum Energy Performance Standards (PAMS-MEPS)

Policy Analysis Modeling System for Minimum Energy Performance Standards (PAMS-MEPS) provides robust techno-economic analysis to support Energy Efficiency Standards and Labeling programs.

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Policy Analysis Modeling System for Minimum Energy Performance Standards

Urban Form Rapid Assessment Model (Urban RAM)

Urban Form Rapid Assessment Model (Urban RAM) provides a quick assessment of the magnitude and sources of a city's operational and embodied energy and carbon footprints in order to understand better the drivers of urban energy/emissions growth and areas of possible policy intervention.

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Urban Form Rapid Assessment Model

Bottom Up Energy Analysis System (BUENAS)

The Bottom Up Energy Analysis System (BUENAS) model estimates global potential energy efficiency potential for residential, commercial and industrial equipment.

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Bottom Up Energy Analysis System

California Greenhouse Gas Emission Measurement (CALGEM)

CALGEM quantifies California GHG emissions from anthropogenic activities and natural environments using atmospheric measurements and analysis.

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California Greenhouse Gas Emission Measurement

Industry
Benchmarking and Energy Saving Tool for the Cement Industry (BEST-Cement)

The Benchmarking and Energy Saving Tool for the Cement Industry (BEST-Cement) is a process-based benchmarking and energy savings tool for cement industry

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BEST-Cement Tool

Energy Efficiency Assessment and Greenhouse Gas Emission Reduction Tool for the Pulp & Paper Industry (EAGER-Pulp & Paper)

The Energy Efficiency Assessment and Greenhouse Gas Emission Reduction Tool for the Pulp & Paper Industry (EAGER-Pulp & Paper) determines the energy saving potential and cost of the energy efficiency technologies that the user chooses as applicable to their pulp and paper plants.

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EAGER-Pulp & Paper

Energy Efficiency Assessment and Greenhouse Gas Emission Reduction Tool for the Steel Industry (EAGER-Steel)

The Energy Efficiency Assessment and Greenhouse Gas Emission Reduction Tool for the Steel Industry (EAGER-Steel) determines the energy saving potential and cost of the energy efficiency technologies that the user chooses as applicable to their steel plants.

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EAGER-Steel

Energy Efficiency Assessment and Greenhouse Gas Emission Reduction Tool for the Textile Industry (EAGER-Textile)

The Energy Efficiency Assessment and Greenhouse Gas Emission Reduction Tool for the Textile Industry (EAGER-Textile) determines the energy saving potential and cost of the energy efficiency technologies that the user chooses as applicable to their textile plants.

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EAGER-Textile

Industry Sector Energy Efficiency Modeling (ISEEM)

Industry Sector Energy Efficiency Modeling (ISEEM) provides an industry sector energy supply-demand planning model, including commodity and carbon trading as viable alternatives to emission reduction.

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Industrial Sector Energy Efficiency Modeling

MAnufacturing STructure and Energy Research (MASTER)

The MAnufacturing STructure and Energy Research (MASTER) tool is designed to help the users to understand how different factors (production growth, industry structural change, and energy intensity change) influence industrial energy use trends over time. It helps to quantitatively compare the level of structural change (i.e. the change in share of value added share of manufacturing subsectors) in the past and in the years to come, so that if needed the policy makers can adjust their policies to move towards the target of less energy-intensive industries. Different scenarios can be developed using this tool to shows the structural change achieved through different paths and helps to understand the consequences of supporting or limiting the growth of certain manufacturing sub-sectors from the point of view of energy use and structural change.

Based on the energy use and value added data input by the user, the MASTER tool conduct the decomposition analysis for different time periods in the past or in the future chosen by the user. The decomposition analysis results can also be viewed by industrial subsectors. The tool also presents the energy use, value added, and energy intensity trends in graphical form.

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MAnufacturing STructure and Energy Research Tool

Process Heating Assessment and Survey Tool [Excel Version] (PHASTEx)

Process Heating Assessment and Survey Tool (Excel Version) (PHASTEx) conducts an energy assessment or audit of the heating equipment used by many industries to identify energy use distribution, estimate energy losses, as well as analyze potential energy savings by using commonly recommended energy saving measures.

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Process Heating Assessment and Survey Tool

Sewage Sludge Use in Cement Companies as an Energy Source (SUCCESS)

The Sewage Sludge Use in Cement Companies as an Energy Source (SUCCESS) tools assists decision makers in implementing sludge-end-use-in-cement schemes with optimal economic and environmental outcomes.

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Sewage Sludge Use in Cement Companies as an Energy Source

Structure and Manufacturing Resource Tool for Water (SMART-Water)

Structure and Manufacturing Resource Tool for Water (SMART-Water) helps quantify the structural change and water intensity change in the industry during the study period and how it affects the industry water use trends.

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Structure and Manufacturing Resource Tool for Water

USEtox™ Model (USEtox)

USEtox™ is a model based on scientific consensus for characterizing human and ecotoxicological impacts of chemicals in life cycle impact assessment. The main output includes a database of recommended and interim characterization factors including environmental fate, exposure, and effect parameters for human toxicity and ecotoxicity. LBNL EAEI scientists were part of the USEtox development team.

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USEtox

Conservation Supply Curve Modeling (CSC-Framework)

The Conservation Supply Curve (CSC) Modeling methodology is used for capturing engineering and the economic perspectives of industrial sector energy conservation technologies.

This tool is not publicly accessible. Please contact William Morrow for more information.

Manufacturing Cost Levelization Model

The Manufacturing Cost Levelization Model is a cost-performance techno-economic model that estimates total large-scale manufacturing costs necessary to produce a given product. It is designed to provide production cost estimates for technology researchers to help guide technology research and development towards an eventual cost-effective product. The model presented here for download is generic and can be tailored to the manufacturing of any product, including the generation of electricity (as a product). This flexibility, however, requires the user to develop the processes and process efficiencies that represents a full-scale manufacturing facility.

This tool is not publicly accessible. Please contact William Morrow for more information.

Power Sector
eProject Builder

eProject Builder enables Energy Services Companies (ESCOs) and their contracting agencies to upload and track project-level information; generate basic project reports required by local, state, and/or federal agencies; and benchmark new Energy Savings Performance Contract (ESPC) projects against historical data.

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eProject Builder

FINancial impacts of Distributed Energy Resources Model (FINDER Model)

The FINancial impacts of Distributed Energy Resources (FINDER) Model is used to quantify the impacts of EE, DR, and/or DG on utility shareholders (reported as earnings and ROE impacts) and utility customers (reported as customer bills and rates). Can also assess the resource costs and benefits of various portfolios of EE, DR, and/or DG.

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The FINDER Model is available through Department of Energy (DOE)-funded state technical assistance programs. For more information, click here.

FINDER Model

Interruption Cost Estimate Calculator (ICE Calculator)

The Interruption Cost Estimate (ICE) Calculator tool is designed for electric reliability planners at utilities, government organizations or other entities that are interested in estimating interruption costs and/or the benefits associated with reliability improvements in the United States.

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Interruption Cost Estimate Calculator

Resource Planning Portal

The Resource Planning Portal is a web-based tool that allows users to: input electric utility planning information in a consistent format; benchmark planning assumptions across jurisdictions; and output results in a standardized format for deeper analysis.

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Resource Planning Portal