This Fact Sheet provides an overview of the Better Buildings Workforce Guidelines project. The Department of Energy (DOE) and the National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) are working with industry stakeholders to develop voluntary national guidelines that will improve the quality and consistency of commercial building workforce training and certification programs for five key energy-related jobs.
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This report overviews trends in the construction industry and the resulting impacts on energy consumption. The report provides a specific profile of the construction industry and patterns of energy use followed by sections providing product and market insights and information on policy efforts, such as taxes and regulations, which are intended to influence building energy use. Information on voluntary programs is also offered.
This case study details strategies and activities for energy savings across a hospital. The case study was extracted from the "Business Case for Energy Efficient Building Retrofit and Renovation" report. Gundersen Lutheran established its environmental program, called Envision. The Envision program aims to improve air quality and the health of its community as well as reduce the cost of healthcare to its patients by hedging against rising energy costs. Its goal is to offset 100% of the fossil fuel energy it consumes by 2014 through energy conservation and by creating clean, renewable energy.
In order to seize the opportunities for improving energy performance in the United States, it is important to understand what drives American companies and building owners to adopt efficiency improvements and sustainability policies. The research in this report provides new insights on how to create high-performing buildings and how to make the right business case to seize these opportunities.
This case study provides information on energy efficient strategies applied across a commercial real estate portfolio. The case study was extracted from the "Business Case for Energy Efficient Building Retrofit and Renovation" report.
This case study describes the Dell Children's Medical Center of Central Texas, the first hospital to be awarded LEED Platinum certification.
This case study describes University of Pittsburgh Medical Center's collaboration with the U.S. Department of Energy to pilot energy management training for hospitals and developed a comprehensive energy management program.
This report provides an overview of the key elements of submetering and associated energy management systems to foster an understanding of the many potential benefits and complexities associated with use of these systems. While submeters by themselves have no direct impact on resource use, the data they capture informs real-time energy and water performance, can pinpoint performance variations over time or relative to other buildings, feeds into building automation systems that drive continuous operational improvements, and provides the information needed to encourage behavioral and operational changes by building operators and occupants.
To increase support for compliance with building energy codes, the U.S. Department of Energy's Building Energy Codes Program (BECP) has published the Building Energy Codes Resource Guide: Commercial Buildings for Architects. The Guide provides key information on energy codes tailored for architects and provides guidance on how they can support the adoption of new or updated energy codes and the resources needed to ensure compliance with what is adopted.
This report characterizes the commercial new construction market in order to better understand the needs and operation of the market, to more effectively identify needed technologies, and to identify effective strategies to diffuse the technologies being developed by the U.S. Department of Energy.