GBCI Administers ‘PEER’ Certification for Power Grids, Building Projects

September 10, 2014 By Linda Hardesty

PEER energy manageThe Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) will administer certification for the Performance Excellence in Electricity Renewal (PEER) program, which is a data-driven system for evaluating power system performance. PEER is modeled after the US Green Building Council’s LEED program for buildings.

The PEER program is designed to empower building owners and power providers to configure and operate their systems in conjunction with each other to maximum effectiveness.

The PEER program builds upon the work of USGBC’s Demand Response Partnership. The program is the result of former Motorola CEO Bob Galvin’s vision of “perfect power,” which sought to transform the efficiency and effectiveness of the electricity system. PEER assesses system performance and verifies measurable outcomes across four aspects of power systems.

  1. Enabling Customer Action
  2. Operational Efficiency
  3. Reliability, Power Quality and Safety
  4. Energy Efficiency and Environment.

The first set of PEER certified projects will be announced at the annual Greenbuild Conference & Expo in New Orleans, Oct. 22-24, 2014.

USGBC has also noted that in 2015, it will look at PEER certification as a pilot credit within the LEED green building rating system.

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