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U.S. ARMY measurement and verification (M&V) costing toolkit
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This is the 2003 final report for the U.S. Army Monitoring and Verification (M&V) costs project. The purpose of this project is to develop a M&V Costing Toolkit to be used by the government or third party planners to design a M&V plan and to estimate the M&V costs associated with the verification of savings from the implementation of energy conservation measures in a building, or group of buildings. This report presents a general overview of the M&V costing process, various methods for monitoring and verifying savings, and a description of the M&V Costing Toolkit. In addition, examples of the use of the M&V Costing Toolkit will also be presented for thirteen scenarios, including the M&V of boilers, chillers, EMCS, and lighting retrofits. Three M&V methods have been developed for this toolkit, including: a) monthly utility billing analysis, b) hourly or daily data analysis, and c) calibrated simulation, which is included under the data analysis method. With the exception of the monthly utility billing analysis, each method has several data collection options, including: a) using data loggers, b) using EMCS data and c) using utility interval data recorded by the utility supplier and transferred to the data analyst. Each of these methods is intended to be compatible with the IPMVP (2001) and ASHRAE’s Guideline 14P (ASHRAE 2001). Additional references have been included that provide detailed descriptions of some of the M&V methods intended to be used with the report, as well as vendors of data acquisition equipment referred to in this report. This M&V Costing Toolkit was developed using the MS Excel program. The toolkit consists of three MS Excel workbooks. The Utility.XLS workbook represents the monthly utility billing analysis method and the Project.XLS workbook represents the data analysis and calibrated simulation methods. The M&V Equipment Costs.XLS workbook contains the database of data acquisition equipment that is used in the Project.XLS workbook. Each workbook can be divided into two parts, including the cost summary and detailed costing information. Labor costs and weather information spreadsheets are included in both workbooks.
Haberl, Jeff S.; Powell, Tehesia; Carlson, Kim; Im, Piljae; Turner, W. Dan (2003). U.S. ARMY measurement and verification (M&V) costing toolkit. Energy Systems Laboratory, Texas A&M University. Available electronically from