March 2018 - M&V Focus Issue #1

With the fast development of new and relatively cheap data collection and analysis tools, we hear a lot about what is called M&V 2.0 or advanced M&V. This topic motivated our search for articles for this first issue of M&V Focus. We invited Colm Gallagher to tell us more about his research on the difficulties of M&V in industrial applications and how machine learning techniques could help extract valuable knowledge contained within complex data sets collected in industrial facilities. Paul Calberg-Ellen and Eric Vorger volunteered an article which deals with recent breakthroughs in the world of energy simulation and the corresponding questions about the application of the IPMVP to the new capabilities offered by energy building simulation programs. David Jump accepted to re-post an article previously shared on his company’s blog on the concept of M&V 2.0 and normalized metered energy consumption. Many months ago, Greg Kats suggested it would be nice to tell the story of the early days of the IPMVP. The opportunity became obvious with the launch of this first issue of M&V Focus. Greg searched his notes and recollected his memory to tell us more about the early days of the IPMVP. To complement this set of core articles, we feature a practical exercise on non-routine adjustments for a real Option C case. This idea comes from Colin Grenville who originally proposed this exercise during an interactive workshop session at a conference in the U.K.


Welcome to this first issue of M&V Focus. I hope you will appreciate the content of this first issue of M&V Focus as much as we enjoyed interacting with the authors to make it a reality. At EVO, we are also excited about creating valuable new content on the EVO Website.

The M&V concepts presented in the IPMVP are universal. Called by many the “mother of all M&V protocols,” the IPMVP is a living document which inspired many other codes and standards but also regulations and energy efficiency program frameworks. It has been maintained, updated and improved over the years thanks to dedicated volunteers from all continents, working consensually on EVO’s IPMVP Committee and thematic sub-committees.

The IPMVP remained relevant over time because it rests on the engagement of industry experts who continue volunteer their time and expertise. The IPMVP was built on solid theoretical foundations but also reflected the wealth of knowledge gained from practical field experiences. To continue to play a leading role in the markets, a protocol such as the IPMVP requires regular updates and adaptations. We can work towards this by translating complex ideas and experiences into simple yet operational concepts. It is a continuous process based on dialogue, information sharing and technical debates and discussions.

However, ideas and experiences do not fall from the sky. Colin Grenville – one of the invited author for this first issue – wrote in an email a few months ago that “M&V professionals are a fairly dispersed community.” As an organization, EVO has a responsibility to create a meeting place for this M&V community.

M&V practitioners around the world are eager to learn more about others’ experience in M&V but are also willing to share their own experiences. I am confident that this first issue of M&V Focus is laying the foundation for a much-needed meeting place where experts and practitioners from around the world will come an engage in the discussion.

Your constructive feedback on how to improve this magazine is welcome. Our initial goal is to publish M&V Focus six times per year. If you are interested in sharing your thoughts and ideas with others in the international M&V community, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Denis Tanguay
Executive Director – EVO