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Notice of Staff Workshop
PIER Buildings Efficiency Research Topics

California Energy Commission staff will conduct a workshop to refine research topics for an upcoming Request for Proposals (RFP).

Input Template for RFP Research Topics: Posted: July17, 2007. (MS Word file. 44 kb)

The deadline for submitting the completed template is July 26. Completed templates should be sent to Cheri Davis at cdavis@energy.state.ca.us.

Staff Presentation Notes: Posted: July 17, 2007.

Research Topics: Posted: July 6, 2007. (PDF file. 3 pgs. 53.1 kb)

Project List: Posted: July 6, 2007. (PDF file. 10 pgs. 48.3 kb)

Workshop Agenda: Posted: July 10, 2007. (PDF file. 1 pg. 60 kb)

The workshop will be held:

9 a.m.
1516 Ninth Street
First Floor, Hearing Room B
Sacramento, California
(Wheelchair Accessible)

The workshop will also be held remotely. To participate at your computer
via WebEx, please refer to the instructions at the end of this notice.


The Energy Commission's Public Interest Energy Research (PIER) Buildings End-Use Energy Efficiency Program (Buildings Program) intends to release a Technology Innovations Solicitation later this year(awards totaling in $6 Million). The RFP will generally target near-term technologies, tools, and/or market research needed to meet California's aggressive energy efficiency goals and statewide greenhouse gas reduction targets, and to support future changes to the State's appliance and building energy efficiency standards. The purpose of this workshop is to present preliminary ideas and to obtain public input on appropriate target research areas.


The Buildings Program recognizes that the mandates of recent California legislation such as AB-32 and the Renewable Portfolio Standard will require dramatic reductions in new and existing building energy use. To determine the most cost effective ways to reach these goals will require a wide-ranging portfolio of electricity and natural gas efficiency research. This portfolio should be a mixture of near to longer-term programs, with the emphasis on practical potential to deliver significant energy and demand reductions in California. The research projects undertaken will be chosen in such a way as to balance the existing PIER buildings research portfolio.

Potential research topics for the RFP include:

  • Innovative Building Envelope Solutions
  • Low Energy Cooling Systems
  • Consumer behavior and energy use feedback strategies
  • Enabling technologies for "smart buildings"
  • Lighting technologies and controls
  • Consumer and office electronics
  • Diagnostics and Communication Tools
  • Understanding current building performance
  • Efficient space and water heating
  • Water use efficiency

More detailed information about these and other topics will be posted one week prior to the workshop, along with a listing of current Buildings Program projects.

The Buildings Program welcomes input on these or any other topics that can help to improve the quality of life in California by bringing environmentally safe, affordable and reliable energy services and products to the built environment.

Written Comments

Written comments on the workshop topics are due by 5:00 p.m. on July 19, 2007. The Energy Commission encourages comments by e-mail. Those submitting comments by electronic mail should provide them in either Microsoft Word format or as a Portable Document format (PDF) to cdavis@energy.state.ca.us. Please include "PIER Buildings Efficiency Research Topics" in the subject line or first paragraph of your comments.

For comments by postal mail, please hand deliver or mail the original and one copy to:

California Energy Commission
Attn: Cheri Davis
1516 Ninth Street, MS-43
Sacramento, CA 95814-5512

Please include your name, organization and contact information on all correspondence. All written material related to this workshop will become part of the public record.

Public Participation

The Energy Commission's Public Adviser's Office provides the public assistance in participating in Energy Commission activities. If you want information on how to participate in this forum, please contact the Public Adviser's Office at (916) 654-4489 or toll free at (800) 822-6228, by FAX at (916) 654-4493, or by e-mail at pao@energy.state.ca.us. If you have a disability and require assistance to participate, please contact Lou Quiroz at (916) 654-5146 at least five days in advance.

Please direct all news media inquiries to Claudia Chandler, Assistant Executive Director, at (916) 654-4989, or by e-mail at mediaoffice@energy.state.ca.us.

For technical questions on the subject matter, please contact Cheri Davis at cdavis@energy.state.ca.us.

WebEx Information

TOPIC: PIER Buildings Research Topics
DATE: Thursday, July 12, 2007
TIME: 9:00 am, Pacific Daylight Time
MEETING NUMBER: 924 741 322
PASSWORD: July12@9
TELECONFERENCE: Provide your phone number when you join the meeting to receive a call back. Or, call the number below and enter the meeting number.

Call-in toll-free number (US/Canada): 866-469-3239


  1. At the meeting's starting time, either click the following link or copy and paste it into your Web browser:
  2. Enter your name, your email address, and the meeting password (if required), and then click Join.
  3. If the meeting includes a teleconference, follow the instructions that automatically appear on your screen.

WebEx will automatically setup Meeting Manager for Windows the first time you join a meeting. To save time, you can setup prior to the meeting by clicking this link: https://energy.webex.com/energy/meetingcenter/mcsetup.php

For Help or Support:
Go to https://energy.webex.com/energy/mc, click Assistance, then click Help or Support.

Mail List: PIER Buildings Listserve

Note: California Energy Commission's formal name is State Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission.

Date Posted: June 29, 2007

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