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that are designed to save energy can cost
significantly less to operate than traditionally designed schools.
More importantly, studies have shown that optimized school
environments that include natural daylight and a connection to the
outdoors can enhance students' ability to learn
and technologies in new office buildings can cut energy costs
significantly. But strategies for connecting a facility with its
exterior environment have the potential to also enhance the
interior environment, resulting in much more valuable employee
more comfortable, cost less to operate, and have higher resale
value than their 'standard' counterparts. Today there are a wealth
of new materials, skilled professionals, and analytic techniques to
help new and existing homeowners in California and across the
country green their homes and enjoy the benefits.
- Manufacturing, Distribution, and Storage Facilities
facilities, whether conditioned or not, are
prime candidates for the use of natural skylighting systems to
reduce the amount of lighting required during the day.
Additionally, manufacturing process and space conditioning systems
sometimes can provide opportunities for integration leading to
- Hospitals, Healthcare, Labs, and Medical/Dental Facilities
energy use is dominated by the need to
condition air for proper temperature and humidity conditions and to
maintain safe and healthy environments by exhausting potentially
hazardous air. Integrated energy efficiency design can reduce the
high energy costs associated with these systems while meeting the
demands of these specialized building types.
- Civic & Public Assembly Buildings
to demonstrate energy efficiency design strategies in a place that
is a literal and symbolic gateway to knowledge in the community.
Public assembly buildings such as auditoriums and arenas have very
specific and oftentimes intensive energy requirements tied closely
to time of use.
- Agriculture and Food Processing
and beverage producers all runs operations that can
benefit from the latest energy management best practices. To keep
their costs down, savvy operators use rate analyses, pump tests and
process optimization audits to identify their best options,
Audit recommendations often include re-scheduling operations to
take advantage of a demand response program or a time-of-use rate,
and making hardware improvements like installing advanced
irrigation equipment, high efficacy lighting, or premium efficiency
motors and HVAC equipment (e.g., variable speed drives, plate
coolers, compressor heat recovery units, scroll compressors, time
clocks, ventilation controls) and more.
- Water Supply and Wastewater Management
- Hotels, Motels, Casinos, Clubs, and Other Hospitality
often have complicated operations and extensive
campuses, with many different types of energy end uses. These may
include sophisticated lighting and mechanical systems, pools,
elevators, and sizable hot water loads. Modern energy
management practices include using infrared motion sensors and door
contacts to control the heating and air conditioning systems (HVAC)
when guests leave the room or open windows, as well as behavioral
contributions by the guests themselves.
- Restaurants and Institutional Food Service
are well known to have high energy intensity per square foot. In a typical Calfornia restaurant, cooking, water heating, refrigeration, and interior lighting represent around 80 percent of total energy bill making these systems the best targets for energy savings.
- Data Centers
as standard office spaces. With such large power consumption, they are prime targets for energy efficient design measures that can save money and reduce electricity use. However, the critical nature of data center loads means that efficiency must compete with many other design criteria -- chiefly reliability and high power density capacity. The most efficient and effective data center designs use relatively new design fundamentals to create the required high energy density, high reliability environment. Emerging best practices capture many of the new 'standard' approaches used as a starting point by successful and efficient data centers.