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.
Energy Efficiency August 31, 2020

Sustaining high-performance buildings

High-performance building managers can optimize financial operations management and monitoring using integrated data platforms and a proven facility sustainability roadmap

By George Hawkinson and Jarrod McMains
Courtesy: Affiliated Engineers Inc.
Codes and Standards August 26, 2020

How to implement high-performance design

High-performance design drives owners and designers to integrated thinking to gain a holistic perspective on how to maximize building performance outcomes

By Lyle Keck
Courtesy: Bill Kosik
Energy, Power July 27, 2020

Best practices for zero energy buildings and smart grid integration

Zero energy buildings, renewable energy and the smart grid are key considerations to commercial building design

By Bill Kosik, PE, CEM, Oak Park, Illinois
Courtesy: Bill Kosik
Energy Efficiency July 27, 2020

What is a zero energy building?

What does it really mean for an engineer to design a zero energy building?

By Bill Kosik, PE, CEM, Oak Park, Illinois
Courtesy: ZGF Architects
Energy Efficiency June 25, 2020

Green, zero energy and energy-efficient buildings

How do you design an energy-efficient building? Learn about codes and standards, building energy terminology and design goals

By Paul Erickson
Courtesy: CxEnergy
Commissioning March 31, 2020

Video: Commissioning in the Building Codes

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.

By CxEnergy and the AABC Commissioning Group (ACG)
Courtesy: Envise
Mechanical March 12, 2020

Leveraging data to make mechanical systems smarter

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.

By Jason Gladney
Lighting November 27, 2019

Designing an energy-efficient lighting system

Understanding codes, controls and commissioning are key to an effective lighting design for a new or existing building

By Jerry Manavalan, Kohler Ronan LLC, Danbury, Connecticut
HVAC January 17, 2019

Efficient HVAC system design strategies

The integration of high-performance HVAC design strategies can do as much to make systems energy-efficient as specifying high energy efficiency ratings.

By Cory Duggin, PE, LEED AP BD+C, BEMP; TLC Engineering for Architecture, Brentwood, Tenn.
Lighting December 20, 2018

Designing lighting systems and lighting controls

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.

By Robert J. Garra Jr., PE