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  • Writer's pictureMolly Jones

Guiding Principle #2 Optimize Energy & Performance

There are plenty of reasons to focus on optimizing energy and performance. Indeed, in an age in which the need to create a more sustainable world is a common goal, the best thing any company or individual can do is focus on sustainability. This is especially true for companies that focus on building and construction, as these sectors often require lots of resources. With that in mind, the following is an overview of the various methods of going about optimizing energy and performance.

More About Optimizing Energy and Performance

When it comes to optimizing energy and performance, the first step is to make sure the expert or project manager is experienced, qualified and that the information is documented. On the other hand, option two involves GCC and energy efficiency. Therefore, companies must take the time to meter renewables on your project while also benchmarking and tracking metrics.

Principle 2.1

Principle 2.1 is energy efficiency itself. This principle allows companies to meet all relevant regulatory and relevant statutory requirements. Both Epack 2005 and Ashray 90.1 helps identify the applicable regulatory requirements.

Expert Input

Moreover, companies must focus on utilizing the human capital of experts in the field. For instance, companies should check in with mechanical engineers to ensure they are on track to achieve an energy score of 75 or higher. From there, you can also make sure the design is designed to target energy reduction that is 20% below the 2015 baseline. Either way, companies need to have a clearly defined threshold based on the nature of the project they are working on.

The Compliance Table

In keeping with that notion, when it comes to the compliance table, you have several options. Here are five of the most prominent ones:

  • FY 15 Energy Use Baseline: One of the top things you need to do is make sure you are below the FY 15 Energy Use baseline.

  • 2003 Baseline: Next, you need to make sure that you're below 30% of the baseline from 2003.

  • Energy Star: After that, you need to take the time to ensure that the Energy Star rating is 75 or higher.

  • Non-Energy Star Compliance: For buildings that are not eligible to receive an Energy Star rating, companies must ensure adequate benchmarking data is in place. You must also be able to demonstrate that your building is in the top quartile of energy performance for its building type. One method of doing so is by using a database called CBCS. This database is used to help companies understand their building types in cases where they are not Energy Star compliant.

  • Federal Performance: Lastly, companies need to follow the federal performance requirements that are conventional in ten CFR Parts 433 and four and 35 and exceeding Ashray 90.1 by at least 30%, exceeding the baseline. This allows companies to ensure the lifecycle is cost-effective. In cases where the lifecycle is not cost-effective, you can then take the time to assess your plan and uncover the areas that need improvement.

Overall, taking the time to ensure that your projects are sustainable can be an arduous task. Nevertheless, doing so is imperative to companies working in the building and construction sectors, as these sectors are known for wasting lots of resources.

Although you have a variety of options, the ones mentioned here are a great stepping stone to create a general plan that can be personalized to facilitate a more sustainable environment overall. Either way, following the compliance table is one of the best methods of allowing companies to assess and make changes to project plans and make them optimally sustainable.

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