Measuring Energy Use in Buildings: Do Our Metrics Really Add Up?
|Offered by||BuildingGreen, Inc.|
|Category||Energy and atmosphere|
With both greenhouse gas emissions and the cost of energy escalating, there is more focus than ever on understanding just how much energy our buildings use, and then figuring out how to use less. Calculating a building's energy use is important but comparing frombuilding to building is tricky. There are many ways to measure energy use and because each has its pros and cons, it's difficult topick just one as the most useful. In this course we'll review the key ideas around measuring energy use, and then look at major programs for both homes and commercial buildings that provide deeper analysis.
- Explain the differences between site energy, source energy, and energy cost.
- Summarize three ways in which source energy can vary.
- Classify at least three benchmarking programs for homes and three for commercial buildings.
- Describe the specific pros and cons of at least two benchmarking programs.
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