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 study expands and validates previous research by Heschong Mahone Group that found a statistical correlation between the amount of daylight in elementary school classrooms and student performance. The researchers reanalyzed student performance data from two school districts to answer questions raised by the previous study. The results are consistent with the original findings and affirm that daylight has a positive and highly significant association with improved student performance.
7x7x7: Design Energy Water is an innovative program by the Division of the State Architect that encouraged California school districts to develop long-range master plans that reduce energy and water consumption on campuses and improve the quality of educational spaces. The State Architect engages seven architectural firms to develop seven conceptual case studies that reduce school energy and water consumption and result in better learning environments on seven different types of campuses (six K-12 schools and a community college). The seven campuses are representative of typical building types from different eras constructed across California’s varied climate zones. The purpose and primary goal of this program is to enable all existing K-14 facilities to be zero energy by 2030.
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.
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.