29 Dec '11, 7am

10 Ways to Boost Your Building's Energy Efficiency in 2012

1. Start at the bottom. Instead of reducing consumption, start with nothing and justify how much you actually need. Talk about eliminating waste. Do we install a high-efficiency air conditioner or retrofit the building so effectively that we don't need an air conditioner? What does 20 percent savings mean, anyway? Compared to what? What if you could get your building to operate within 10 percent of its best technical potential? It's like doing the limbo -- how low could you go with no constraints? How does that change your approach to building energy performance? 2. Go retro. Retro-commission your building right now. With almost instantaneous payback, this one is a no-brainer. Make sure the building is operating the way it was designed to operate and hasn't been sabotaged by well-meaning building engineers. Operating an uncommissioned building is like driving your car down...

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