How do you design a building to be energy-efficient?
Energy-efficient buildings can be defined as buildings that are designed to provide a significant reduction of the energy used for heating and cooling, lighting or other functions within the building. Energy efficiency can be achieved through active or passive systems, high-performance design and system selection. Energy efficiency can be achieved at many levels as designers work to achieve zero energy, high-performance or some other metric.
High-performance building managers can optimize financial operations management and monitoring using integrated data platforms and a proven facility sustainability roadmap
High-performance design drives owners and designers to integrated thinking to gain a holistic perspective on how to maximize building performance outcomes
Zero energy buildings, renewable energy and the smart grid are key considerations to commercial building design
What does it really mean for an engineer to design a zero energy building?
How do you design an energy-efficient building? Learn about codes and standards, building energy terminology and design goals
Commissioning has been increasingly integrated into codes and standards and there are tools commissioning authorities and code officials can use to support compliance with these codes.
Analyzing building data can help to uncover and predict mechanical problems, as well as equip building operations and maintenance staff with and information to be more proactive and efficient while optimizing resources.
Understanding codes, controls and commissioning are key to an effective lighting design for a new or existing building
The integration of high-performance HVAC design strategies can do as much to make systems energy-efficient as specifying high energy efficiency ratings.
Lighting designers must consider many factors when specifying lighting systems and lighting controls for their designs. In addition to considering the type of lighting fixture, they must also take into account daylighting, lighting controls, codes and standards, and other factors. To ensure these systems work as efficiently and effectively as possible, commissioning new systems (along with ongoing commissioning) is vital for success.