Outcome-Based Energy Codes: California Begins Advancing a New Path toward Grid Optimization and Decarbonization


California’s Building Energy Efficiency Standards have been an integral part of the state’s energy efficiency landscape, contributing to a stable energy-efficient supply-demand contour that helped California weather market disruptions and changing load profiles. These standards have also been extremely influential in the development of other energy efficiency code frameworks. Now, these standards are evolving to become more active in achieving the state’s climate and decarbonization goals as well as contribute to a smarter, more integrated electricity grid. Through the development of outcome-based codes that rely on real-time energy budgets instead of connected load metrics or modeling, building and design professionals have more flexibility to adopt technologies and solutions that meet functional and aesthetic goals.

Presented By

Terry Sharp, P.E., C.E.M., C.M.V.P.
Building Scientist & Project LeaderBuilding Scientist & Project Leader
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Terry Sharp is an energy engineer and project lead at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.  He recently developed the building energy use targets in ASHRAE Standard 100 and the building energy use performance metrics in the 2019 ASHRAE HVAC Applications Handbook.  Mr. Sharp pioneered the development of the advanced building energy performance rating (benchmarking) engines that enabled the development of EPA’s Energy Star rating system for commercial buildings.  He also helped develop building energy performance rating tools for the States of California and New York.  Mr. Sharp is a professional engineer with M.S. and B.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering.