strategies for buildings can only work if they are actually
communicated properly to those who complete the construction. The
practice of energy detailing specifies, counterchecks, and verifies
the design details in the actual structure, maximizing actual
building performance upon project completion.
- e-News #73: Ground Source Heat Pumps
is a heating and cooling system that transfers heat to or from the ground, using the ground as a heat sink in the summer and heat source in the winter. It can be significantly more energy efficient than an air source heat pump.
- Design Guidelines: Advanced Simulation Guidebook, Volume II
is intended to teach readers about the high performance building process for commercial new construction. The goal of the high performance building process is to create buildings that meet owner and occupant needs in terms of energy efficiency, thermal comfort, and other sustainability areas-and do so in a way that reduces the necessary design effort and construction cost impact.
- Design Brief: Pumping System Troubleshooting
encountered in existing buildings during retro-commissioning
- Design Brief: High Intensity Fluorescent Lighting
outshine their high-intensity discharge competitors. They are often
more efficient and feature lower lumen depreciation rates, better
dimming options, instant start-up, and better color rendition.
- Design Brief: Integrated Design for Small Commercial HVAC
methods for rooftop heating, ventilation, and air conditioning
(HVAC) systems, significant improvements in operational savings,
energy efficiency, and indoor comfort can be achieved.
- Design Brief: Improving Mechanical System Energy Efficiency
can compromise the design team's ability to consider factors like life cycle cost, distribution efficiency,access, maintainability, and system integration.
- Design Brief: Design For Your Climate
conditions that are specific to a project's location, design teams are able to develop climate responsive building designs. The result is a building that utilizes less energy and provides a high quality and comfortable environment for the occupants.
- Design Brief: Building Commissioning
country, building-industry professionals are finding that
commissioned buildings are more energy efficient, more comfortable,
and easier to maintain.
- Design Brief: Design Details
providing design details can save an owner approximately 5% - 15%
in energy costs. Building owners are spending more money on complex
building systems than ever before and yet many find they have
building system problems. Providing design details on construction
documents can reduce these problems and save money.
- Design Brief: Design Review
can maximize a building's energy efficiency and save both
capitaland operating costs. Energy-efficient design can be improved
by design review. A process of review both enhances design and
fosters communication between designers, owners, and builders
- Design Brief: Field Review
the design team needs to be involved in the construction process.
Developing well-detailed construction documents is an important
first step in achieving energy and resource efficient projects.
However, projects are not successfully completed until the building
and its systems are constructed, commissioned, and fully
operational according to the design intent.
- e-News #18: Underfloor Air Distribution Offers Energy Efficiency and Much More!
air ducts through the ceiling may be, well, upside-down. Putting
air systems under raised flooring can reduce building operating
costs and improve HVAC equipment efficiency and occupant
- e-News #15: Design Quality Assurance into Your Project with Building Commissioning
ensure that building systems operate efficiently, meet the needs of
the end user, function as designed, and maintain occupant comfort.
The initial costs of commissioning are recovered many times over
through increased operating savings, improved staff performance,
and avoidance of costly construction problems.