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Every Energy Model Is Wrong – And Here Is Why They Are Indispensable

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Every Energy Model Is Wrong – And Here Is Why They Are Indispensable

LEED has taken some heat for buildings that do not perform as they were modeled, yet energy modeling is an essential tool for any high-performance building project. Originally published in the August 2014 issue of Environmental Design + Construction (EDC) magazine. Recently, LEED has come under fire for accounts of certified buildings not performing as well as their energy models predicted. Frequently mentioned amongst the antagonistic “gotcha” coverage is an out-of-context 2007 quote by the USGBC Research Committee acknowledging: “Buildings….

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The CBECS and Why It’s Important

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The CBECS and Why It’s Important

Image courtesy of EDC magazine After years of financial setbacks, the Department of Energy’s national sample survey of commercial building energy use commences. Originally published in the April 2013 issue of Environmental Design + Construction (EDC) magazine. April marks an important milestone for the high-performance building community. After years of setbacks and complications stemming from financial strife, the U.S. Department of Energy’s 2012 Commercial Buildings Energy Consumption Survey (CBECS) will begin fielding data. It has been 10 years since the….

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Benchmarking Emerges

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Benchmarking Emerges

As energy and water performance mandates are adopted in cities, concerned suburban and rural communities can progress benchmarking at the grassroots level. Originally published in the March 2013 issue of Environmental Design + Construction (EDC) magazine. On September 4, 2012, New York City publicly posted the 2011 energy and water benchmarking results for more than 2,000 nonresidential properties covered under the benchmarking ordinance (Local Law 84), making it the first major city in the U.S. to release this kind of information. Closely….

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Water: The Ideal Thermal Mass? (EDC Magazine Edition)

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Water: The Ideal Thermal Mass? (EDC Magazine Edition)

A classic example of a roofpond application, the Atascadero House (Atascadero, Calif.) was designed with the assistance of Harold R. Hay and built in 1973. Photo credit: John Reynolds. Thermal mass is an essential component for any passive solar heating or cooling strategy. It’s useful because it absorbs solar energy and provides inertia against interior temperature fluctuations despite diurnal temperature cycles. Design teams can introduce thermal mass into projects in a number of ways. Baked clay, adobe and various types….

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‘Hypermiling’ for Housing

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‘Hypermiling’ for Housing

‘Hypermiling’ for Housing: How home energy monitors will liberate an energy-conscious consumer base. By Daniel Overbey A 1996 Civic DX Sedan is not usually considered to be a preeminent fuel-efficient vehicle. Try telling that to Darin Cosgrove of Brockville, Ontario. He’s the cofounder of an online forum, EcoModer.com, chalk full of stories where consumers have taken vehicles like the Civic DX Sedan and increased their fuel efficiency by more than 100 percent over the EPA’s “combined” fuel economy rating. Cosgrove himself….

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