Municipal Scale Energy and Carbon Reduction Strategy Modeling – IBPSA-USA Education Committee

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This recording has been made free to view for all. Note that the actual presentation begins at 4:34. Municipal scale energy and greenhouse gas reduction strategies offer tremendous opportunities for increased energy security, improved economic strength, and reduced carbon emissions. For communities to remain competitive, it is crucial to have transformational and implementable energy and climate action plans. Subsequent implementation of these plans will attract new businesses and residents, while also increasing the long-term energy resilience. While hundreds of US and Canadian cities (and even more globally) have the goal to achieve near zero emissions by 2050 or earlier, few have robust implementation underway to achieve these goals.

This seminar shows the approach and methodologies the specialist GIL Team has developed and used over the past 15 years for integrated energy master planning (IEMP) to support more than 20 municipal and campus projects. The presentation will address how to formulate a simulation workflow for predicting energy, carbon and financial performance of fully integrated energy efficiency, demand, and supply strategies in an interactive process. The presenters will use a typical North American community with a population of about 200,000 and highlight benchmarking, data acquisition, generalized demand modeling, energy supply simulation, municipal carbon analysis, financial analysis and data visualization for effective communication and community outreach.

After the seminar, the audience will understand…

  • how to work with property tax records, transportation studies and other data available on a municipal or utility level to create generalized energy models
  • how to benchmark cities based on global best practice
  • how to conduct a long-term municipal carbon and cost analyses and simulations
  • how to effectively visualize and communicate community scale modeling results
  • how to prepare for detailed neighborhood and other implementation plans

​See the seminar slides here.


Peter Garforth, Garforth International LLC (GIL)

Peter Garforth leads a specialist consultancy based in Toledo, Ohio, and Brussels, Belgium. He advises major companies, cities, communities, property developers and policy makers on developing competitive approaches that reduce the economic and environmental impact of energy use. His specialty has been in profitable business development implementing energy productivity. He effectively strives to ensure that any recommended investment approach has a sound business basis and reflects the larger movements in the energy market. Peter is well connected in the energy productivity business and regulatory community around the world. Because of his reputation in the energy community, Peter is often asked to provide quotes and interviews as an expert advisor on the topic. He is also a published author and currently contributes a monthly column to Plant Services magazine as the “Energy Expert”.

Peter has long been interested in energy productivity as a profitable business opportunity and has a considerable track record establishing successful businesses and programs in the United States, Western and Eastern Europe, Indonesia, India, Brazil, China, Japan and elsewhere. He has held senior management roles around the world at Honeywell, Landis & Gyr (now Siemens) and, most recently was Vice-President of Strategy for Owens Corning, the largest U.S. manufacturer of insulation and other materials.

Ajit Naik, Baumann Consulting

Ajit Naik joined Baumann Consulting’s Chicago office in 2018 as a Commissioning & Energy Engineer. Ajit is a licensed Professional Engineer in Illinois, holds an ASHRAE Building Energy Modeling Professional certification, and serves as Vice-Chair for IBPSA-USA’s Chicago chapter. Ajit has seven years industry experience with building simulation, code compliance, HVAC design, systems commissioning, operational troubleshooting, and sustainability certification. Ajit has provided Energy & Atmosphere and Internal Environmental Quality expertise for over 15 LEED-certified projects, including downtown Chicago’s Vista Tower, the Chicago Public Library Chinatown branch, and the University of Chicago’s Campus North Residence hall.

After graduating with a Master’s in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, Ajit spent two years focused on energy modeling at TESS in Madison WI, and Transsolar in Stuttgart, Germany. After returning to the US, Ajit spent five years at dBMHS in Chicago, IL, applying his building simulation practice to early-phase façade optimization, life cycle MEP systems design, and LEED certification for a wide portfolio of commercial-scale, Chicago-based projects.

Municipal Scale Energy Modeling, carbon reduction strategy modeling, climate action plan carbon emissions