EVO began as IPMVP®, Inc., a committee of volunteers who came together under a U.S. Department of Energy initiative to develop an international monitoring and verification protocol that would help determine energy savings from energy efficiency projects in a consistent and reliable manner.
By mid-year, EVO will be publishing the 2016 IPMVP® Core Concepts, in English, along with Application Guides. The document will then be translated into ten languages by the end of the year.
After eight years since the last one, EVO launches its new website. It also gets a new logo!
EVO published “IPMVP® Core Concepts“ a new, abridged version of 2012 IPMVP Volume I.
The IPMVP® continues to be referenced as the global standard by the DOE's Uniform Methods Project (UMP), the Investor Confidence Project (ICP) and others.
EVO changed its training policy to allow any "qualified entity" to conduct IPMVP training events. In June of that year, EVO selected three companies as International Training Partners which support EVO's M&V training in new markets.
EVO was accepted as a Liaison on two ISO Committees, TC 242 and TC 257, dealing with quantifying energy performance improvements and energy savings. EVO representatives have continued to participate in working group meetings.
EVO updated its IPMVP® Vol. I English version and made translations to Spanish Catalan, Portuguese, French, and Spanish.
EVO also published the IEEFP document in its English version and then translated the document to Bulgarian, Czech, Spanish, Croatian, Polish, and Romanian.
In 2010, EVO updated Vol. I in English and translated the Protocol to Bulgarian, Croatian, Czech, Polish, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Brazilian and French.
EVO developed and published the International Energy Efficiency Financing Protocol providing guidance for Local Financing Institutions (LFIs) around the world to evaluate and finance energy efficiency and savings-based renewable projects.
The IPMVP® Volume I was updated and released in English and French.
EVO launched its new website with EVO documents, industry news, resources and discussion forums for online collaboration with colleagues from around the world.
EVO's Board grew from six members representing two countries to 11 members from six countries. As the Board has increased in size, so has the scope of EVO's international outreach.
The Board of IPMVP, Inc. voted to change the name of the non-profit corporation to the Efficiency Valuation Organization® (EVO) to reflect its expanded mission.
IPMVP Inc., in conjunction with the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE), announced the launch of the Certified Measurement & Verification Professional® (CMVP) program. The CMVP Program is seen as an effort to raise the professional standards and improve the practice of those engaged in measurement & verification.
The Protocol Committee of the IPMVP® formed a non-profit organization IPMVP Inc., deriving its name from the flagship product.
The third version, published in January 2001, and called IPMVP® Volume I: Concepts and Options for Determining Energy Savings clarified the definition of Option A by removing any ambiguity relating to the use of stipulated values in the engineering calculations/models. IPMVP Volume II: Concepts and Practices for Improving Indoor Environmental Quality, was published concurrently with Volume I.
An updated version of the protocol was published and was renamed the International Performance Measurement and Verification Protocol® (IPMVP) to reflect the international nature of the protocol. As water was recognized as a critical resource on par with energy, M&V for water efficiency projects was included for the first time in this version.
While the first version had three M&V Options, a new M&V Option D was included in the second version to recognize the industry practice of using energy simulation tools to determine energy savings, which are then verified by measuring energy use and calibrating the simulation model. The four M&V Options A through D have since become industry standard.
The voluntary efforts of these international experts resulted in the publication of the North American Energy Measurement and Verification Protocol (NEMVP). The NEMVP established a framework for defining M&V standard industry practice. The methods were named Options A, B and C.
With support from the U.S. Department of Energy, Art Rosenfeld and Greg Kats (from DOE) 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. This initiative pulled together energy efficiency experts initially from North America and later worldwide.
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.
Investments in energy efficiency projects were less than expected due to the high uncertainty associated with future energy savings. This uncertainty arose, in part, from multiple and often inconsistent Measurement and Verification (M&V) protocols. These inconsistencies resulted in a patchwork of engineering approaches to efficiency installations and measurement of savings.