Can ISO 50001 Bridge the Gap Between #Green Design and Energy Savings? Will it make a difference?

Can ISO 50001 Bridge the Gap Between #Green Design and Energy Savings? Will it make a difference?

The “check” part of this framework has been slow to develop in most performance standards for buildings. As Piñero observes, whether we’re talking about a building, factory, or power plant, buying more efficient equipment doesn’t work by itself. Even the best designs can fall short of energy goals if building operation and occupant behavior are not carefully managed. Since tracking is still relatively rare, many of these buildings fall short of their goals without anyone noticing. Adopting ISO 50001 could help building managers, sustainability leaders, and others ensure that a strong sustainable design or an aggressive energy retrofit actually leads to targeted energy outcomes. “The energy management system will help put in place smart buildings and sophisticated metering,” Piñero says. But it doesn’t stop with metering; once a building owner has the necessary data, 50001 ...

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