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07/26/2011

What is Energy Use Intensity?

 
Energy-Use-Intensity

While the importance of building energy performance metrics to reduce energy use is accepted worldwide, there is no single generally accepted definition of that metric. Currently, proposed relative energy use reduction targets are subject to interpretation and difficult to verify.

Under a new initiative, ASHRAE is working to define one clear, logical metric to move the building industry toward producing net zero energy buildings by 2030.

The U.S. Congress has mandated a series of relative fossil fuel energy use reductions in federal buildings ending in a 100 percent reduction of fossil fuel energy by 2030. Congress is considering applying similar relative energy use reductions in all buildings through the use of building energy codes adopted by state and local government.

“We must address buildings as entire living entities,” ASHRAE President Ron Jarnagin says. “As such, we need to establish energy targets for building design that provide a total building energy use goal.” 

ASHRAE has developed a public policy brief asking Congress to foster collaboration among the U.S. Department of Energy, the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and ASHRAE along with partner organizations to:

•             Establish a single objective definition of energy use intensity (EUI) for the design of commercial buildings

•             Determine a single objective baseline EUI for design of commercial buildings from which to measure relative energy use reductions

•             Create a performance environment that will support reduction in energy consumption associated with all loads in commercial buildings

•             Identify a single objective set of commercial building types and simulation models for establishment of target design EUIs

•             Produce one set of design target EUIs for the commercial building sector to guide the development of future energy codes and standards and building energy codes adopted by state and local government

“EUIs are very helpful for setting performance- based designs goals,” Jarnagin says. “The current focus on reduction of energy use in building stock has made the use of EUIs popular by governmental organizations, non-government organizations and building industry groups, including ASHRAE.  Our goal is to develop and promote technical tools to assist the commercial building design and construction industry in moving toward higher performing buildings.”

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Visit our website today to learn about the design flexibility of a Morton building and the endless possibilities of partnering with our designBUILD team.


Wood construction is both cost and energy efficient. Check out Morton Buildings and our designBUILD team online today to discover all the benefits of post-frame construction.


When choosing a metal-clad building for your next construction project, consider Morton Buildings, Inc., and their designBUILD team, we’ll make your dream a reality.

We Can Help You Reduce Energy by 30%

Our mission is to help our customers manage their buildings' energy costs, improve reliability, and enhance performance while having a positive impact on the environment.
CLICK HERE to find out how.

Bluebeam® Revu® simplifies digital facilities document management from design review to leveraging as-builts, maintenance manuals and O&Ms submittals.

 


 
09/16/2014

The USGBC and American Chemistry Council have put aside their differences to work together on new improvements to the LEED certification system. 

09/15/2014

Researchers have developed a new process to help cloud computing systems use less energy while continuing to provide high levels of data services.

09/12/2014

Researchers have found the main factors that influence the amount and type of building damage caused by various types of salts. 

09/11/2014

A new study has demonstrated that proactive ergonomic training can decrease worker discomfort and increase productivity. 

09/10/2014

The University of Utah has upgraded its historic Dumke Health Professions Education building to save an impressive 40% on energy costs.

09/09/2014

Hoping to build on LEED's success, PEER evaulates the performance and modernization of electric grids. 

09/08/2014

The USGBC has developed a new tool to help streamline the LEED certification process. 

09/05/2014

Researchers have developed a fluorescent lamp that emits Wi-Fi signals to allow connectivity throughout buildings.

09/04/2014

Tests show effective measures for reducing earthquake damage to computer servers. 

09/03/2014

Health costs drop by half as a result of environmental regulations.

09/02/2014

A new study challenges the idea that sparse workplaces produce happier, more productive employees.

08/29/2014

New tool from FEMA helps facility managers prepare for and mitigate the effects of nonstructural earthquake damage. 

08/28/2014

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08/27/2014

Researchers have developed wearable, customizable technology to handle access control at busy hotels. 

08/26/2014

A new study shows that hotels which are LEED certified bring in more revenue than their non-certified competitors. 

08/25/2014

Policies designed to reduce carbon emissions have the added benefit of increasing air quality, which could pay for the reduction policies themselves. 

08/22/2014

Researchers at Michigan State University have developed a luminescent solar concentrator that is as transparent as glass. 

08/21/2014

The Department of Energy has released two reports which indicate wind turbine installations and efficiency is growing while prices drop. 

08/20/2014

The NHL has partnered with the NRDC to release their first sustainability report. 

08/19/2014

A new battery has been developed that is free of toxic materials and longer lasting than its more expensive competitors.

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