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Oct. 31, 2014

Report shows energy modeling as key to improving building performance

The number of building projects meeting the 2030 Commitment Program goals for a 60% reduction in carbon emissions increased 200% from 2012 to 2013, according to a report released by the AIA. The data includes 1.6 billion gross square feet and measures nearly 2,500 projects – with the amount of net zero energy projects increasing 500% from 2012 and 7% of the total gross square feet meeting the current 60% carbon reduction goal.

Most notably from the 2030 Commitment 2013 Progress Report is the finding that energy modeling practices improve the projected energy performance of buildings by up to 8%, with project teams that closely track the detailed systems in their projects projecting Predicted Energy Use Intensity performance 10% better than the national average.

With the report also showing a decrease in submitted data, the AIA has partnered with the DOE to create a new tool: the 2030 Design Data Exchange, designed to provide a more intuitive user interface and help project managers easily compare their building’s projected energy performance to that of similar projects in the 2030 Commitment portfolio. The new tool will be made available in late December 2014 or early January 2015. 

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