Generating, cataloging and applying global energy efficiency performance standards

Abstract

In 2010, Pathian Incorporated filed and received a U.S. patent for a new energy benchmarking method called Pathian® Analysis. This benchmarking process is fundamentally different from all other benchmarking processes that have come before it. The inventor identified the time period of evaluation, not weather, as the principle barrier to accurately compare a user’s energy consumption habits. This paper explains the rationale behind this new benchmarking process, the distinct advantages it has over nationally accepted weather-normalization methods, and how it can be applied to improve traditional benchmarking processes for both buildings and HVAC equipment.

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