Energy and Atmosphere

Energy Demand

1.Set design and energy goals, and monitor performance periodically.
2.Size the building effectively. An unnecessarily large building is costlier to maintain.
3.Design to tap free energy- solar, wind, etc.
4.Insulate building effectively.
5.Monitor use and performance of installed systems. Encourage occupants to reduce energy demands

Energy Efficiency

1.Use passive design methods to tap on free energy- sun, wind, etc.
2.Minimize unnecessary heat gain or loss by weathering the building.
3.Use high efficiency mechanical systems.
4.Use high efficiency appliances which meet Energy Star requirements at the least.
5.Use high efficiency infrastructure.
6.Capture efficiencies in large projects, where buildings are tied in a single loop.
7.Store thermal energy to meet peak demands.
8.Use energy simulation to identify energy efficient applications.
9.Monitor the building systems through automation or commissioning to verify that these are functioning as designed, and comply with owner’s requirements

Renewable Energy

1.Generate renewable energy on site. Examples of renewable energy sources are photovoltaic cells, solar hot water heaters, wind turbines, etc.
2.Buy green power or renewable energy certificates to promote renewable energy generation

Ongoing Energy Performance

1.Record owner requirements in detail, and make sure these are adhered to.
2.Train facility managers to ensure better performance in the long run.
3.Keep the building in best functioning state through a preventive maintenance program.
4.Involve building occupants to formulate and promote energy efficiency strategies.

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