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.
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.
Additional information from the July 28 Lighting: LED specifications webcast includes details about color shift, American Medical Association recommendations, and lighting controls. Presenters Haley Darst and Richard Vedvik tackle multiple questions.
Engineers should know the NIST and ASHRAE standards for the Smart Grid, and be aware of the availability of Smart Grid-ready products for commercial buildings.