Buildings End-Use Energy Efficiency Technology Demonstrations

State Partnership for Energy Efficient Demonstrations

The PIER Demonstration Program, also known as the State Partnership for Energy Efficient Demonstrations (SPEED), helps technologies traverse "the valley of death" to realize full commercialization.

illustration of the role of PIER support in successful deployment of technology

SPEED provides education, case studies, construction-ready specifications, and information on how to use PIER technologies for LEED credits and emerging technologies incentive programs. SPEED is an important catalyst in helping evolve California energy codes, and encourages manufacturers to use PIER specifications to make competitive products.

PIER Partnership Demonstrations and Sustainability Monitoring

The SPEED effort collaborates with the University of California, California State Universities, and California Community Colleges to maximize deployment of PIER technologies through demonstrations at campuses and other facilities. PIER technologies are also deployed by partnering with and supporting initiatives for energy efficiency and zero-net energy facilities in buildings owned by local, state, and federal governments, K-12 schools, and private commercial and industrial entities. Through field data collection and monitoring, the program provides information about PIER technologies to organizations implementing federal economic stimulus initiatives and deployment programs.

In collaboration with the California Institute for Energy Efficiency, an interactive website has been created to monitor total CO2 and energy savings from existing PIER demonstrations projects. The website also provides links to pictures and case studies for each demonstration partnership.

See technology demonstrations research projects.

Support Services

SPEED provides the following tools to applicant demonstration sites:

  • Site surveys,
  • Technology option assessments,
  • Pre-installation baseline monitoring and analysis,
  • Post-installation monitoring and analysis, and
  • Compilation of case study documentation.

SPEED provides for follow-up, outreach, education services, and technology transfer via:

  • Group purchasing assistance,
  • Technical information customized to an organization or market sector (e.g., web content for universities), and
  • Technical assistance to PIER and Recovery Act awardees.

Contact Us

Demonstration facilities developed by PIER have become the standard in new and retrofit construction design. For more information on existing PIER demonstrations or to discuss potential projects, please contact:

David Weightman
California Energy Commission
Public Interest Energy Research