Framework for Design Excellence: Design for Energy
Good design reduces energy use and eliminates dependence on fossil fuels while improving building performance, function, comfort, and enjoyment.
- How can passive design strategies contribute to the project’s performance and form?
- How can the project exceed building code efficiency standards to approach net zero energy and net zero carbon?
- Can the project be powered by clean, renewable energy sources?
- How can the project provide for continuous performance improvements over its lifetime?
- passive design strategies
- energy benchmarking and goal setting
- energy modeling
- net zero energy (NZE) building
- net zero carbon (NZC) building
If you can do only one (or a few) thing(s):
- Benchmark and set an energy use intensity (EUI) and/or lighting power density (LPD) goal and work towards that goal throughout the design process.
- Incorporate passive design strategies based on the project’s climate and program opportunities.
- Model for energy performance, iteratively, throughout the project.
- Establish an optimum window-to-wall ratio and building orientation for the project.
- Design solar-ready and all-electric buildings.
- Conduct post-occupancy evaluations and commissioning.