NBI's Mark Frankel in Greensource: The Next Frontier in Green Building - Opinion:

As the role of post-construction characteristics becomes more widely recognized in the marketplace, there are likely to be significant changes to design practice, and to building codes and incentive programs. The design community will have to more effectively communicate the role of operations and occupants in building performance, and features such as better metering and feedback systems will become design imperatives. The study also has significant implications for the practice of energy modeling, which struggles to predict building energy use—a situation that will change if the energy modeler can get a realistic picture of how the building will really be used and maintained. In addition, we have to recognize that the aggressive goals we have set for energy codes will be impossible to meet without directly addressing post-construction energy-use patterns, which have so f...

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