"Building Commissioning is the professional practice that ensures buildings are delivered according to the Owner's Project Requirements (OPR). Buildings that are properly commissioned typically have fewer change orders, tend to be more energy efficient, and have lower operation and maintenance cost."
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Article in the Whole Building Design Guide about the uses and features of metal roofs that meet "cool roof" standards.
Collection of resources on cool roofs and reducing urban heat island effect. From Berkeley National Laboratory's Heat Island Group.
An economic comparison by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory of the lifecycle costs of white, green and black flat roofs.
Report on the findings from a field validation study of the LIQUIDARMOR CM Flashing and Sealant technology at the Homeland Security Training Center at the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, IL. Blower door test results show the average air leakage rate in the demonstration site to be 0.15 cfm/ft2 at 1.57 psf, or 63 percent lower than the 0.4 cfm at 1.57 psf specified in the 2015 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC). According to the results of the simulation, the Training Center lowered its annual heating and cooling costs by $3,000, or 9 percent, compared to a similar building without an air barrier system.
School districts and their design and construction teams have encountered and overcome challenges to achieving zero energy in school buildings. This five-page fact sheet explains how they did it.