It is with great sadness that we learned that EVO’s friend and long time supporter, Art Rosenfeld, passed away Friday January 27, 2017 at age 90. Considered by many as the “godfather of energy efficiency”, Art Rosenfeld leaves behind an impressive legacy as a professor, as an energy efficiency leader, and as a policy influencer. Less known is Art’s important contribution to the foundation of EVO.

Back over almost 25 years ago, Art Rosenfeld and Greg Kats (from the U.S. Department of Energy) and Steve Kromer at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, initiated an effort to establish international consensus on methods to determine energy/water efficiency savings and thus promote third-party investment in energy efficiency projects. Art Rosenfeld had the idea to hold an informal session at the 1994 ACEEE conference and then, with support from the U.S. Department of Energy, representatives from across the US joined to work on the development of the North American Energy Measurement and Verification Protocol (NEMVP) which was published in 1996.

One important goal of this initiative was to help create a secondary market for energy efficiency investments by developing a consistent set of M&V options that could be applied to a range of energy efficiency measures in a uniform manner resulting in reliable savings over the term of the project. This document established a framework for defining M&V standard industry practice.

As a result of strong and widespread interest outside of North America, participation in developing the second edition expanded to include a global network of corresponding members to incorporate international expertise and to develop consensus among professionals from around the world. To reflect this new, larger audience and its broadening scope, the document was renamed the International Performance measurement and Verification Protocol (IPMVP) – Concepts and Options for Determining Energy and Water Savings and was published in 1997.

Along the way, Art used his role at the U.S. Department of Energy to support funding and adoption of IPMVP. He also participated on many of the active committee meetings at IPMVP Inc. and then at EVO. To learn more about Art Rosenfeld’s impressive career and his many accomplishments, please visit the Art Rosenfeld Memorial Page at http://artrosenfeld.lbl.gov/

A celebration of life will be held at Hertz Hall on the UC Berkeley campus on Saturday, June 24 at 3 p.m. The public is invited.