energy 

Energy

The built environment is responsible for nearly half of global warming emissions in the U.S. Serious energy reduction is a critical component of any sustainable building project. Efficiency improves family economics by lowering operating costs and decreases long-term environmental impacts. Dramatic reductions in building energy consumption can only be achieved through good design and detailing.

Goals

  • Dramatically reduce total energy consumption
  • Eliminate dependence on fossil fuels and nonrenewable energy resources

Strategies


E1:
Optimize building placement and configuration for energy performance
Optimize building envelope thermal performance
 
E2:
Design and install efficient mechanical systems
Choose efficient appliances
 
 
Model and evaluate performance

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