ConstructionPro Week, Volume: Construction Advisor Today - Issue: 155 - 04/20/2012

Expert Lists Several Online Tools for Improving Energy Efficiency in Buildings

By Steve Rizer

 

There are many online tools currently available in cyberspace that may prove quite helpful when undertaking a project to bolster a building’s energy performance, Kelly Gearhart, founder and principal with the international consulting firm Triple Green Building Group LLC, told a group of professionals attending a webinar that WPL Publishing hosted April 10. During her presentation, she provided a list of 20 website addresses that could come in handy for such a project.

 

During the webinar, Gearhart presented attendees the following four “learning objectives” for them to follow, accompanying each objective with multiple website addresses that can help them attain their goals:

 

Assess Strategies -- Assess fundamental and enhanced strategies for improving the energy efficiency of existing buildings. 

 

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Stories from Practice: http://www.usgbc.org/DisplayPage.aspx?CMSPageID=2357 

 

Living Building Challenge Case Studies: https://ilbi.org/lbc/casestudies

 

Green Building Information Gateway: http://gbig.org/ 

 

U.S. Green Building Council Research Publications: http://www.usgbc.org/DisplayPage.aspx?CMSPageID=77 

 

U.S. Department of Energy High Performance Buildings Database: http://eere.buildinggreen.com/

 
 
 
Review Technologies -- Review appropriate technologies for improving energy efficiency in existing buildings. 
 
 
LEED for Existing Buildings -- Operations + Maintenance: http://www.usgbc.org/DisplayPage.aspx?CMSPageID=221
 
Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method In Use: http://www.breeam.org/page.jsp?id=295 
 
 
 
 
Understand Returns -- Understand energy-related investments and returns that enhance the asset value of existing building stock.
 
 
 
Effect of LEED Ratings and Levels on Office Property Assessed and Market Values: http://www.costar.com/josre/JournalPdfs/02-LEED-Ratings-Levels.pdf 
 
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory: http://cx.lbl.gov/cost-benefit.html
 
Anticipate Roadblocks -- Anticipate common roadblocks and implement strategies for success in upgrading building portfolios. 
 
Whole Building Design Guide – Project Delivery Teams: http://www.wbdg.org/project/deliveryteams.php
 
LEED-EB Project Case Study -- Johnson Diversey Headquarters: http://www.energy.ca.gov/greenbuilding/documents/background/09-LEED_CASE_STUDY.PDF
 
 
The interactive webinar targeted a wide range of professionals in the construction community, including construction managers, contractors, subcontractors, developers, public and private owners, consultants, architects, engineers, and facility and property managers.
 
To inquire about obtaining the recording of the webinar, call WPL Publishing at (301) 765-9525.

 

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