23 Dec '13, 10pm

Vision 2020: Focus on the Outcome, Not Just the Design - EcoBuilding Pulse

To comply with outcome-based codes, a building would have to meet an actual-energy-use target. It would have to not only incorporate efficient design features, but also be operated, maintained, and occupied in a way that supports efficient energy use. There are many opportunities for better operational practices in nearly every structure in existence, some of which are improvements to off-hour use, system control, and plug-load management. There are, however, many complex issues that will need to be resolved before codes and policies can address building performance and operation. The current code-enforcement framework, for example, almost always ends once a building is occupied, so new enforcement or incentive mechanisms will be needed to address the operating phase of buildings. And this will mean additional responsibilities for the design team after construction, as wel...

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