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The goal of the Building Performance Knowledge Community (BPKC) is to promote architects as leaders in the application of technical design for building performance; in the use of high-performance design criteria, codes, and standards; and in programming, designing and managing building performance. To advance, disseminate, and advocate—to the architecture profession, AIA members, building owners, the construction industry, the academy, and the public—design practices that create buildings that are healthy, energy efficient, and durable.

Article - "Energy Savings Made Easy: The "Low-Hanging Fruit" Methods to Reduce Energy Consumption"

  • 1.  Article - "Energy Savings Made Easy: The "Low-Hanging Fruit" Methods to Reduce Energy Consumption"

    Posted 09-22-2015 15:25

    Really solid article by David Altenhofen in September Technique on how to approach energy reduction/ sustainability. The first strategies used create diminishing returns for strategies applied later. I would add the importance of creating a well planned space program to make sure the facility is "right-sized" for the intended use and that new construction scope should be coordinated with continued use of existing buildings where possible, especially for clients with multiple buildings on a single site. Also important to focus on strategies for improving existing building performance since we replace only a very small percentage of our building stock each year.

    Donald Wheat AIA
    Senior Vice President - Public & Private Projects
    Pizzuti Solutions
    Columbus OH