Strengthening Policy, Codes and Standards
Profound impacts come from improving state and federal policies for energy efficiency in commercial and industrial buildings. Moreover, enhancing existing codes and standards to increase the performance and quality of new technologies and installation practices furthers the efficacy of our energy use and reduces environmental impact.

SPEED is leveraging its collaborative technology development, demonstration, and deployment process to influence state and federal policy, codes and standards. By demonstrating the availability of new, higher-performance products and modeling state-of-the-art best practices, SPEED is enabling policymakers to design and implement more aggressive and impactful energy efficiency goals:

  • The California Energy Commission uses SPEED results while developing new versions of Title 24.
  • U.S. Department of Energy co-funded SPEED chiller optimization field-tests to strive for improved operation of central cooling plants nationwide.
  • In several cases, SPEED field evaluations directly influenced ASHRAE energy efficiency standards including the 2010 Standard 90.1 revisions.

California's Strategic Lighting Chapter
Recognizing that lighting accounts for one-quarter of California’s electricity use, in 2010 the California Public Utilities Commission added a lighting chapter to the California Long Term Energy Efficiency Strategic Plan. Helping lead the thorough process to draft, vet, and adopt the chapter, CIEE, the California Lighting Technology Center (CLTC), and the global energy company KEMA coordinated with SPEED's lighting technology demonstrations and technology adoption acceleration efforts.

CIEE and the CLTC produced the supporting document “2010 Lighting Technology Overviews and Best Practice Solutions” linking SPEED and the statewide lighting market transformation programs created to achieve strategic plan goals.