building energy performance Articles

  • Building Experience: Energy Efficient Buildings

    Issue: The development of large commercial, governmental and even residential buildings which take advantage of energy efficient design and incorporate on-site renewable energy sources could have a major impact on achieving and maintaining Kyoto targets on reducing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in the future. Although demonstration sites across Europe have been built, the lessons learnt in their ...


  • Determining Proper Cooling Tower Size

    To maximize water-based cooling tower benefits, the appropriate tower size must be selected, requiring the identification of several critical factors. Cooling towers are a relatively inexpensive and reliable way of expelling heat from a number of industrial processes, including nuclear & thermal power plants, petroleum refineries, petrochemical plants, food processing plants, as well as HVAC ...


    By Delta Cooling Towers, Inc

  • 10 things you need to know about the circular economy

    10 things you need to know about the circular economy A working circular economy could be a practical solution to the planet’s emerging resource problems. Here’s 10 facts you should know. 1. Why do we need one? The circular economy is touted as a practical solution to the planet’s emerging resource crunch. Reserves of key resources such ...


    By GPT Waste Management Ltd

  • Incorporating energy performance, sustainability of buildings into environmental due diligence

    This article examines recent trends related to climate change and sustainability and their impacts on environmental due diligence. The authors say quantifying a building's energy and sustainability condition, performance, and potential will become commonplace and now is being incorporated into routine commercial real estate transactions. They believe commercial property sellers should consider ...


    By Bloomberg BNA

  • Do certified sustainable buildings perform better than similar conventional buildings?

    The aim of this study is to assess the performance of sustainable buildings. Its objective is to compare certified green buildings with similar in location, size, age and function conventional buildings by testing hypotheses that green buildings perform better than conventional ones. Objective data including building costs, energy and water consumption, material recycling, indoor pollution ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Proper Design of `Green Building` is the precursor of performance and efficiency

    EPC World Magazine, had a Q&A with Mr. Juzer S Kothari, Managing Director of Conserve Consultants Pvt. Ltd. Founded in 2005, Conserve is a global consulting firm based in India  with expertise in high ...

  • Higher energy efficiency standards in buildings

    The task To help South Oxfordshire District Council investigate the feasibility of using the planning ...


    By Ricardo-AEA

  • Energy efficiency in buildings - facts & trends

    Urgent action is needed to reduce energy use in buildings and remove the barriers to addressing this major cause of carbon dioxide emissions. The World Business Council for Sustainable Development’s (WBCSD) Energy Efficiency in Buildings (EEB) project will develop a roadmap from a business perspective, outlining the critical steps needed to transform buildings’ energy consumption. The project has ...

  • What are the benefits of using BIM to improve building performance and create a sustainable, energy efficient development fit for the 21st century?

    BIM (Building Information Modelling) is not just about 3D designs; it is about fully understanding a building model. This includes all ...


    By ENER-G

  • Price or performance?

    I can recall many occasions over the past 10 years where I have been called out and inspected a faulty underfloor heating installation, I discovered that the underfloor heating systems generally have been designed¬¬ on the border of normal operation to, I assume, reduce the overall amount of the materials required, and thereby make the cost for the project more attractive against rival companies, ...


    By Subheat Ltd

  • Analysis of buildings' energy consumption by means of exergy method

    Among the objectives of the Directive 2002/91/EC and of the Council "Energy performance of buildings", Energy Performance of Building Directive (EPBD) the energy certification of buildings represents a fundamental role. The method here described starts from the LowEX tool, previously developed in the IEA ECBCS Annex 37 framework. By using the exergy approach, new (non-economic) indices could be ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • From compliance to measuring the actual energy use of a building

    Looking in greater detail at energy consumption has begun to show that buildings often fall short of targeted performance. One reason for this is a disconnection between design, procurement and operation of a building. Compliance calculations do not fully address factors relating to building occupation and operation, with EPC effectively leaving occupants out of the equation, although they ...


    By Vital Efficienci Ltd.

  • Optimizing Baghouse Performance in Waste-to- Energy Incinerator

    An end user with many years experience, operating3 different Municipal Waste Incineration plants, decided to build a new “state of the art” plant. After fully investigating the performance of different types of filter media, he decided upon GORE-TEX® membrane on GORE-TEX® felt, as he was convinced that is was the “best available ...


    By W. L. Gore & Associates

  • Energy efficiency in buildings - business realities and opportunities

    Buildings are responsible for at least 40% of energy use in most countries. The absolute figure is rising fast, as construction booms, especially in countries such as China and India. It is essential to act now, because buildings can make a major contribution to tackling climate change and energy use. Progress can begin immediately because knowledge and technology exist today to slash the ...

  • Perform Energy Audits Using Ultrasonic Flow Technology

    With the rising cost of energy and escalating environmental concerns, the need for accuracy in energy consumption measurement has never been more critical. According to the US Department of Energy, the average industrial plant spends about 30% of their operating budget on energy. With so much tied up in energy costs, how do facility managers ensure their processes are running efficiently with ...


    By Raeco Rents

  • Building to Improve Energy Effi ciency in England and Wales

    Keywords: Energy Performance of Buildings Directive, Climate Change Act 2008, Building Regulations 2010, Energy Bill 2010, CO2 emission reduction, climate change, energy efficiency, energy security zero carbon buildings, nearly zero-energy buildings, building standards, new buildings, major renovation, cost considerations, behavioural barrier, Energy Performance Certificates, Display Energy ...


  • Energy Efficiency in Buildings: Business Realities and Opportunities

    This study highlights opportunities to promote green building know-how and technologies as the WBCSD pushes for zero net energy construction worldwide through its Energy Efficiency in Buildings (EEB) project. Zero net energy buildings will reduce demand by design, be highly efficient and generate at least as much energy as they consume. Buildings are responsible for at least 40% of energy use in ...

  • Case study - Multi-tenant building energy efficiency

    Buildings accounted for roughly 40% of total U.S. energy consumption in 2010, according to the United States Energy Information Association. “[New York] City's roughly 1 million buildings cost $15 billion a year to power and heat and account for 80% of the city's greenhouse gas emissions”(1). The proliferation of smart energy devices and building management systems will result in the ...


    By Powerhouse Dynamics

  • Reduce carbon and energy cost with Building Energy Management Systems

    Building Energy Management Systems can achieve the cost and carbon saving benefits businesses are seeking. One of the most efficient methods of reducing energy consumption is a Building Energy Management System (BEMS), yet many organisations overlook BEMS  in their energy efficiency plans because of ...


    By ENER-G

  • Sick-building syndrome and building-related illness

    Significant health problems linked to very poor indoor air qualityIndoor Air Quality (IAQ) deals with the content of interior air that could affect health and comfort of building occupants. The IAQ may be compromised by microbial contaminants (mold, bacteria), chemicals (such as carbon monoxide, radon), allergens, or any mass or energy stressor are more prevalent than anyone could have predicted. ...

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