Building Retrofits for Efficiency and Cost Savings
About this session:
Newly constructed buildings are utilizing nearly half the energy of buildings constructed prior to the early 2000’s. And currently, over 80% of the commercial buildings and commercial floor space we occupy now were built more than 15 years ago. Because of this, there is tremendous opportunity to improve building energy efficiency, reduce maintenance costs, and enhance comfort by retrofitting new technologies, controls, and design approaches into existing buildings. We will investigate strategies for improving flexibility of building use, increasing occupant comfort, reducing energy consumption, and lowering building maintenance.
1. Identify opportunities for energy and efficiency savings within existing buildings.
2. Understand the impacts of changing ventilation code on building energy consumption.
3. List potential energy saving opportunities within a specific building based on system type and building information.
4. Prioritize importance of possible projects based on savings impact, increased building performance, or lowest cost of implementation.