Low-Investment Energy Retrofit Framework for Small and Medium Office Buildings

Fernanda Cruz Rios, Kristen Parrish, Oswald Chong

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Small and medium office buildings consume a significant parcel of the U.S. building stock energy consumption. Still, owners lack resources and experience to conduct detailed energy audits and retrofit analysis. We present an eight-steps framework for an energy retrofit assessment in small and medium office buildings. Through a bottom-up approach and a web-based retrofit toolkit tested on a case study in Arizona, this methodology was able to save about 50% of the total energy consumed by the case study building, depending on the adopted measures and invested capital. While the case study presented is a deep energy retrofit, the proposed framework is effective in guiding the decision-making process that precedes any energy retrofit, deep or light.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)172-179
Number of pages8
JournalProcedia Engineering
StatePublished - 2016
EventInternational Conference on Sustainable Design, Engineering and Construction, ICSDEC 2016 - Tempe, United States
Duration: May 18 2016May 20 2016


  • HVAC
  • MELs
  • Retrofit
  • energy
  • office buildings
  • plug loads

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Engineering


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