building energy performance Articles

  • 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 ...

  • 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

  • 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 ...


  • 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

  • Questions and answers on sustainable buildings

    Why is this initiative necessary? Almost one half of the EU's final energy consumption and extracted materials, and about one third of water consumption, is related to the construction and occupancy of buildings. The sector also generates about one third of all waste. This results in major environmental impacts. These impacts are the combined result of the different life-cycle ...

  • Green Buildings: Economics and Policies

    Introduction Green building has received increased attention over the past decade from both environmental economists and policymakers. While there is no single definition of “green buildings” or its related policy, researchers and organizations tend to emphasize resource efficiency in building and reducing the impacts of buildings on human health and the environment. ...


    By Oxford Journals

  • 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. ...

  • Building Safety Redefined

    Buildings today can meet societal and personal needs like never before, and standards are part of the picture. Robert A. Ivy, CEO of the American Institute of Architects, explains. How do you think building safety will be redefined in this century? Along with the sorts of natural and man-made hazards that have always been at issue, such as fires and ...


    By ASTM International

  • Green Building Evaluation

    UN Headquarters in New York City Marc Karell managed the project including providing a peer review and recommendations for enhancement of the green building and energy efficiency proposals incorporated into the intended billion dollar Capital Master Plan (CMP) renovation of the United Nation’s headquarters campus in New York City. An assessment of building performance against the LEED ...


  • Green building benefits

    There is growing worldwide concern by the public and government about climate change, and with the new Obama Administration and upcoming global summit later this year in Copenhagen, this concern may grow into a tidal wave. As in other environmental programs, business and “industry” will bear the brunt of future regulations. The good news is that such future regulations will likely contain some ...


  • Building on a legacy of PID development

    Summary From the 1970s to the present day, photo-ionisation detectors (PIDs) have been at the front line of efforts to detect volatile organic compounds. As industrial hygiene has become ever more important and exposure limits for VOCs have reduced, PID technology has continued to develop, providing reliable detection under challenging environmental conditions at concentrations right down to ...


    By Ion Science

  • Building Science Issue (Attic)

    Client: Upscale Custom Home Builder  Location: Florida Gulf Coast  Completion: Sept thru Oct 2007  Corrections Cost: ~$25,000 Key Project Team: Timothy Toburen Indoor Environmental Technologies (IET) was retained by the builder to determine the cause of excessive sweating ...

  • Shades of green technologies: identification of significant parameters affecting the performance of green technologies in buildings

    This study developed essential parameters to be employed as tools for supporting decisions regarding the implementation of green technologies (GT) in buildings. This was done by identifying the most significant parameters that affect the performance of GT in buildings, primarily from the perspective of facility managers as well as the present and future facility users, public and the environment. ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Methodology for calculating the energy consumption of air-conditioner in residential Building of China

    Increasing energy demand for building has made it imperative that energy conservation is an emergency in China. In this paper, calculation methodology on energy performance of residential building envelopes is studied by the Evaluation of Envelope Thermal Performance (EETP) index, the parameters related to EETP indexes are calculated from the eQUEST software. The formulae about energy performance ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Indoor Air Quality, Energy consumption and building performance: leveraging technology to improve all three - Forwood Cloud Wiser III Environmental Dynamics Group, Inc. Princeton, New Jersey USA

    Abstract: Building owners and occupants expect more from their buildings today – both better indoor air quality (IAQ) and less energy consumption. Many facilities strive to design and commission a ‘smart building’ – one that is healthy, environmentally conscious and operating in the most efficient way possible. However, maintaining optimum IAQ often seems to be in ...

  • Some buildings are smarter than others

    What's the ideal construction strategy for a sustainable future? John Coutts explores the rising potential of intelligent buildings. Officially known as 30 St Mary Axe, London, Sir Norman Foster's landmark tower for Swiss Re may be better known as the 'Gherkin' because of its eye-catching profile, but it's also a landmark in terms of sustainability. The Gherkin is one of the most ...


  • From “Light Green” to Sustainable Buildings

    As more people move to urban areas in search of economic opportunities, the number of buildings that are needed to house them continues to rise. It is estimated that by 2030, an additional 1.4 billion people will live in cities, of which 1.3 billion will dwell in cities of developing countries. The increasing number of buildings has long-term impacts on both the environment and natural resources. ...


    By Worldwatch Institute

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