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Data Driven

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While the rise of LEED and other rating systems have greatly increased designers, builders, and developers# knowledge of sustainability in general, the actual energy consumed by buildings that have been certified according to their design documents is often greater than predicted. There has been a growing push toward measuring the actual energy performance of buildings to minimize the consumption of fossil fuels. Several cities (San Francisco, New York, etc) have introduced regulations requiring existing commercial buildings of a certain size to report energy usage. What one measures, what yardstick one compares the numbers to, what one does with the numbers, and how these numbers relate to other kinds of research data need to be considered. We examine three building teams that have evaluated the actual performance of their building to determine if it truly performs at its best.

The entire design team, owners, developers, clients, policy makers, facility managers, and government institutions would benefit from reading this story.


1. Understand the value of measuring a building#s actual performance.
2. List some U.S. cities that now require certain buildings to report energy usage.
3. Indicate some of the challenges in developing accurate and fair methods of comparing performance data.
4. Describe some projects that have been measured for performance.

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