The purpose of the Commercial Buildings Technical Advisory Group (ComTAG) is to help scan, screen, and score the most promising energy efficient technologies and strategies for further assessment by the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA). The TAG process provides significant value to BPA and guides the organization in finding the most promising technologies that may eventually become an incentivized measure for Pacific Northwest utilities and their end-users.
These topics and building types comprise the primary focus of the TAG:
- Building envelope
- Plug loads
- Daylighting (not lighting controls)
- Natural ventilation
- Water heating
- Bundling technologies to support ZNE, LEED, Living Building Challenge, etc.
- Integrated design
- Small commercial
- Small retail
Topics previously featured in other TAGs, such as HVAC and lighting, are not a primary focus.
All technologies and strategies relevant to commercial buildings may be explored. We will exclude any technologies already in BPA utility programs and most technologies already in assessment by BPA. The list will be pared down to the highest-ranked ETs through a rating process using E3T BPA Criteria.
Members of ComTAG participate voluntarily. The 30 or so members are experts in various aspects of high-performance commercial building energy efficiency, and come from utilities, research organizations, and other stakeholders from the Northwest and across the country.
Meetings are held via online webinars, and include two presentations of top-rated technologies and strategies. These presentations offer educational opportunities to TAG members, as well as the public who are interested or involved in energy efficiency in commercial buildings (see the calendar tab or visit the Webinars page for more information).
The ComTAG runs from February through April 2014, with recommendations made to BPA at that time.
Information and lists of technologies and strategies are updated throughout the process and may be viewed on other tabs of this portal.
- Announcements: Links to videos and other important information.
- Documents: All documents that TAG members need to help them participate. This includes lists of ETs that are rated and scored.
- Calendar: All meetings that TAG members are expected to attend as well as important due dates are listed. Includes any links for meetings that members can use to register.
- Participants: Logos, if available, of our the TAG members' organizations.