Many cities have recently passed legislation to mandate the release of energy consumption information of buildings. Their goal is to have something similar to a food label, miles per gallon equivalent or energy star rating that functions as an incentive for building owners to perform energy upgrades to attract tenants and buyers. I am personally a great believer in choice, and recognize that without information we really don’t have choices. In general, it is truly unacceptable that we know so little about our building stock, specially considering how much money and energy is invested in them.
Autodesk has put forward a workflow they like to refer to as “Rapid Energy Modeling” which is focused exclusively on existing buildings. I highly recommend that you review the white paper they have released which outlines how following three simple steps: Capture, Model and Analyze, can assist the decision making process outlined above. If anyone would like to discuss in more detail please email me.
- Energy Efficiency Pays Steady Dividends (greenbuildingadvisor.com)
- Building Energy Transparency Report (IMT)
- Streamlining Energy Analysis of Existing Buildings with Rapid Energy Modeling (.pdf) (Autodesk)