Sustainable Energy


Renewable Energy and Climate Science: Metrology and Technology Challenges in the Americas

Capacity Building Workshop on Building Energy Efficiency Measurements Standards and Labeling

The workshop was held October 26- 28, 2015, at the National Metrology Institute and Standards (NIST) campus in Gaithersburg, MD. More than 27 people from 24 countries representing different government agencies, particularly from the National Metrology Institutes of the five metrology regions: ANDIMET, CAMET, CARIMET, NORAMET, SURAMET.

The workshop was delivered during three days focusing on measurement challenges associated with energy efficiency technologies, including building energy performance for households and discussions on a variety of technologies that can be leveraged to improve energy efficiency in SIM member countries.  Additionally, participants had the opportunity to visit Net Zero Energy Residential Test Facility, which is a net zero energy home that produces at least as much energy as it consumes over the course of the year. The laboratory is located at the National Metrology Institute of Standards (NIST).



Based on the finding of the previous regional workshops, NIST and OAS identified some major areas to provide the training.

  • GHG Metrology and measurements
  • Energy Efficiency in buildings
  • Labeling

Most of the region, specially the Caribbean and Central America have the need to enhance the quality of the energy efficiency measurements infrastructure. 

Participated Countries

  • ANDIMET (Countries of the Andean region:  Colombia, Ecuador and Peru )

  • CAMET (Countries of Central America: Belize, Costa Rica, Guatemala, and Panama)

  • CARIMET (Countries of the Caribbean: Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Dominica, Dominican republic, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Santa Lucia, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago)

  • NORAMET (Countries of North America: Mexico and United States)

  • SURAMET (Countries of South America: Argentina, Chile and Uruguay)

Coordination: OAS, NIST and CLASP



Ing. Bibiana Serna


Phone: (202)370-4209