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Improving the Energy Performance of Buildings: Learning from by Charles P. Ries, Joseph Jenkins, Oliver Wise

By Charles P. Ries, Joseph Jenkins, Oliver Wise

This learn examines how rules to extend strength potency in structures within the eu Union and Australia have labored and attracts implications for the layout of comparable public guidelines for the USA. it seems that powerful guidelines to advertise strength potency will be devised utilizing info disclosure, construction codes, monetary incentives, and benchmarking. Insights are offered to aid designers of analogous U.S. rules.

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Verification can also be an issue, especially in the case of the otherwise more cost-effective mass-default method. Commercial real estate may be sufficiently unique in terms of longevity of assets, diversity of building types, and financing and leasing characteristics to merit specifically tailored white-certificate/abatement programs such as Australia’s Efficient Buildings Scheme. Measuring Program Impact Discussion Another of the challenges in designing and implementing energy efficiency programs in commercial real estate is finding ways to evaluate the impact of policy initiatives.

If the base period is too short, measured energy use will be affected by the vagaries of weather,14 but performance data covering too long a base period can act as a disincentive to efficiency-directed renovation, since a building continues to carry pre-renovation energy consumption data well into the future, affecting its rating (Lend Lease Corporation, Lincolne Scott, and Advanced Environmental, 2009). Operationally based ratings really measure occupant behavior, not building capability. For this reason, European Commission officials prefer design ratings, pointing out that the relative impact of occupant behavior increases with increases in building shell performance, citing an example of 42 identical houses built in Germany with identical passive-energy design features.

10 One expert we interviewed suggested that only in those office sectors that are highly sensitive to reputation are higher ratings reliably translated into higher rents. In the retail sector, all that matters are “location and footfall” (interview with British trade association official, March 24, 2009). As noted below, the only econometric studies of the value of ratings thus far have been conducted in the office and residential real-estate markets. ) An operational-based certificate that assembles data on actual energy supplies used by a particular building and displays the information in a standard format has the advantage that it is based on hard data with an audit trail.

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