26 Oct '16, 12am

Synergies: Smart energy efficiency systems (USGBC New York Upstate)

Synergies: Smart energy efficiency systems (USGBC New York Upstate)

I recently summarized the interdependence needed in a building project, and I identified three areas where synergies would benefit overall performance and long-term sustainability of the work, using the metaphor of Pokémon characters . This is part two in my discussion of synergies in the building industry. First, I addressed the building envelope. With current low-bid processes, the artificial separation between design and construction and the even wider divide between the processes of creating a building and then the daily efforts of operating said building, the co-benefits in design of the facility itself are easiest to grasp and maximize. Instinct (user interface) A more difficult aspect in which to grow understanding and prepare for interdependence is the user interface. Team Yellow, Instinct, has long known that we build buildings for people—but we have silenced that...

Full article: http://www.usgbc.org/articles/synergies-smart-energy-effi...

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