NREL contracted with the Energy Center of Wisconsin to review the Commercial Building Partnerships projects and identify and compile the best practices for ten energy conservation measures that were tested in those projects. The resulting compilation is presented in this report.
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"Each year K–12 schools spend more than $8 billion on energy — more than they spend on computers and textbooks combined. Too commonly overlooked is the opportunity to cost-effectively improve our nation’s schools and enhance student performance by tackling the performance of the very buildings in which children, faculty and staff spend more than eight hours each day."
"This year’s winning projects act as revolutionary models for a variety of challenging building types."
"Appropriate use of thermal mass can make a big difference to comfort and heating and cooling bills."
Interior thermal mass can sometimes help lower energy costs — but in cold climates, it’s won’t help much.
"This principle can be utilized with heat storage if the melting point of the phase-change material is about room temperature."
You know what R-value is, but how do they figure it out? And is it really a reliable measure of insulation performance?
"Insulation materials run the gamut from bulky fiber materials such as fiberglass, rock and slag wool, cellulose, and natural fibers to rigid foam boards to sleek foils."
"By providing a direct link to the dynamic and perpetually evolving patterns of outdoor illumination, daylighting helps create a visually stimulating and productive environment for building occupants, while reducing as much as one-third of total building energy costs."
"Building orientation, along with daylighting and thermal mass, are crucial considerations of passive solar construction that can be incorporated into virtually any new home design."