Field-test of the new ASHRAE/CIBSE/USGBC performance measurement protocols for commercial buildings: Basic level

Hyojin Kim, Jeff S. Haberl

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The new Performance Measurement Protocols (PMP) provide a standardized set of protocols for measuring and comparing the operational performance of occupied commercial buildings. The PMP was developed at three levels of cost/accuracy Basic (Indicative), Intermediate (Diagnostic), and Advanced (Investigative), for the following six performance categories: energy, water, thermal comfort, Indoor Air Quality (IAQ), lighting, and acoustics. This paper presents the preliminary results of an effort to develop and apply a field test to evaluate the PMP basic level in a case-study office building in central Texas. In accordance with the basic level protocol, basic building performance- related building and system characteristics and monthly utility bills of the case-study building were collected. Next, the corresponding performance metrics, including annual whole-building energy use and cost indices and annual total site water and cost indices were calculated and compared with the appropriate benchmarks. In addition, a subjective Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ, i.e., thermal comfort, IAQ, lighting, and acoustics) assessment survey was conducted with spot measurements of several IEQ-related parameters in selected places in the building. Measurements were then compared with the appropriate benchmarks.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationASHRAE Transactions - Papers Presented at the 2012 ASHRAE Winter Conference in Chicago, Illinois
Number of pages8
EditionPART 1
ISBN (Print)9781936504220
StatePublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes
Event2012 ASHRAE Winter Conference - Chicago, IL, United States
Duration: Jan 21 2012Jan 25 2012

Publication series

NameASHRAE Transactions
NumberPART 1
ISSN (Print)0001-2505


Conference2012 ASHRAE Winter Conference
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityChicago, IL

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical Engineering


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