Sometimes, the best-laid plans in design and construction don’t get translated into practice. What happens once the construction workers leave and the ribbon-cutting is over — the operations and ongoing maintenance — plays a big role in making sure that building lives up to the energy efficiency standards promised.
With heating and cooling accounting for nearly half the energy use in a typical U.S. home, it’s not a surprise that the market for energy-efficient products continues to remain strong. According to a recent study by Zillow, energy efficiency ranked among the top priorities during a home search.
An increased awareness of indoor environmental quality (IEQ) is one trend driving demand for better-performing ventilation systems. Building occupants have a greater awareness of the importance of IEQ and how it can be affected by climate and population density.
“High-performance buildings” is kind of a buzzword in the HVAC industry nowadays. Technological advancements in both BMS software and HVACR equipment allow building owners and facility managers to moderate energy usage like never before.
Corbett Lunsford’s home stands out from other homes because it’s high-performance. But his high-performance home also stands out from other high-performance homes. The reason: It’s on wheels, and is currently on a one-year tour across the country. The purpose of the tour is to educate homeowners, realtors, and building professionals about performance – what it means, what products help achieve it and how you can assess professionals who claim to offer it.
While modeling software is often used for the initial design of high-performance buildings, the on-going benchmarking, commissioning, and monitoring of these structures is usually the purview of a building automation systems (BAS).
Boston Properties Inc., a real estate investment trust, and co-development partner, Hines, announced that Salesforce Tower is now the tallest building in San Francisco and will soon be the tallest office building west of Chicago. It features an HVAC system that will distribute outdoor air to each floor.
High-performance-building-related credentials from certifying bodies like ASHRAE, the Building Performance Institute Inc. (BPI), the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), the International Code Council (ICC), and many others can help mechanical contractors show they have expertise and experience in certain areas.