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ASHRAE releases guide on the role of grid interactivity in decarbonisation

ASHRAE has released a new guide focusing on the critical role of grid interactivity in the decarbonisation process.


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The Grid-Interactive Buildings for Decarbonisation: Design and Operation Resource Guide is the second in a series of guides developed by the ASHRAE Task Force For Building Decarbonisation (TFBD) and provides information on maximising carbon reduction through buildings’ interaction with the electric power grid.

“Grid-interactive buildings actively engage with the energy grid. They utilise smart technologies, renewable energy sources and energy storage systems to optimise energy consumption and generation. This allows them to respond in real-time to grid signals, thereby reducing overall demand and GHG emissions,” said ASHRAE TFBD chair Kent Peterson P.E., Presidential Fellow. “Integrating buildings with the electrical grid is a critical component in the decarbonisation process. It’s an emerging focus for building professionals, and ASHRAE is thrilled to provide new guidance as we collectively work towards a more sustainable, resilient and energy-efficient built environment.”

Decarbonising the electric grid necessitates a fundamental shift towards a dynamic, two-way relationship between buildings and the grid. This approach enables buildings to respond flexibly to grid conditions, including time-varying carbon emissions rates. In recent years, the significance of this two-way communication has grown, driven by the integration of renewable energy sources, grid reliability concerns and the impact of extreme weather conditions. These factors have prompted utilities, grid operators and the building community to reassess the role buildings can play in supporting grid reliability and decarbonisation by reshaping their energy consumption patterns.

The guide offers best practices, design considerations and operational guidelines to target the three primary value streams of grid integration:

  • Reduced carbon emissions: learn how to make significant contributions to reducing carbon emissions through smart building-grid interaction.
  • Cost savings: discover strategies to optimise energy usage and save on operational costs.
  • Resiliency: enhance your building’s ability to withstand and adapt to changing grid conditions, ensuring uninterrupted operations.

While the guide primarily focuses on commercial and multifamily buildings, it also includes relevant aspects for the residential and industrial sectors. In addition to design guidance, the resource guide provides operational recommendations for both new and existing buildings, empowering them to optimise their available demand flexibility.


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