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Energy Efficient Buildings Market Guide

July 2013 | 206 pages | ID: EF66AA1FD72EN
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Early efforts to bring change to the building sector generally focused on single issues such as energy efficiency and conservation of natural resources. Green Building now integrates a wide range of building design construction and operation and maintenance practices to provide healthier living and working environments and minimize environmental impacts. This report examines the concepts of green building and energy efficiency in both commercial and residential buildings.

Crucial to the success of green building has been the application of integrated design principles - a whole-building-systems approach which brings together the key stakeholders and design professionals as a core team to work collaboratively from the early planning stages through to the building’s occupation.

Efficient energy use means simply using less energy to provide the same level of service. An example would be insulating a building to use less heating and cooling energy to achieve the same temperature. Another example is installing fluorescent lights and/or skylights instead of incandescent lights to attain the same level of illumination. Efficient energy use is achieved primarily by means of a more efficient technology or process rather than by changes in individual behavior.

A building’s location and surroundings play a key role in regulating its temperature and illumination. For example trees landscaping and hills can provide shade and block wind. In cooler climates designing buildings with an east-west orientation to increase the number of south-facing windows minimizes energy use by maximizing passive solar heating. Tight building design including energy-efficient windows well-sealed doors and additional thermal insulation of walls basement slabs and foundations can reduce heat loss by 25 to 50%.

This report outlines the elements that can be incorporated into an energy efficient building design details financial considerations and industry trends examines energy efficiency building in Europe and provides case studies of successful design and installations.
What is Energy Efficiency?
Energy Efficient Appliances
Energy Efficient Industries
Energy Efficient Vehicles
Energy Efficiency and Sustainable Energy
Rebound Effect and Energy Efficiency
Introduction to Energy Efficient Buildings
Features of a Green Building
How widespread is the Concept of Green Buildings
Negative Environmental Impacts of Current Building Practices
Benefits of Green Building
Some Green Building Rating Systems
GHG Emissions and Green Buildings
AIA 2030 Challenge
Elements of an Energy Efficient Building
Basic Principles of an Energy Efficient Building
Market Developments
Looking at the Thermal Envelope
Wall and Roof Assemblies
Weatherstripping and Caulking
Controlled Ventilation
Heating and Cooling Systems
Looking at Energy-Efficient Appliances
Advantages and Disadvantages of Energy Efficient Buildings
Building and Buying an Energy Efficient Home
Energy Flows in a Building
Standards of Eco Living
Passive House Concept
Minergie House Concept
Zero Energy House Concept
Energy Plus House Concept
Design Components
Financial Considerations of EEBs
Significance of Energy Cost
Cost of Achieving Energy Efficiency
Major Trends
Patterns in Building Stock
Consumer and Demographic Trends
Trends in Energy Demand in the built Environment and Supply
Government Trends
Scarcity of Resources
Industrial/Commercial Trends
Forces Driving EEBs
Market Forces
Government Regulations and Programs
Challenges to Energy Efficient Buildings
Challenges to Economic Pricing of Energy
Factors such as Environment Energy Security Social Policy and Employment
Technical Skills
Doubts About Energy Consumption and Conservation
Lack of Confidence in New Technologies
Lack of Knowledge on Expenditure and Benefit
Availability of Capital
Separate Capital and Operating Budgets
Split Incentives
Risks and Uncertainties
Lack of Coordination and Consistency in Government Policies
Lack of Research Investments
Technological Challenges
Institutional Challenges
Overall Energy Consumption by Buildings
Energy Use in Buildings
Requirement of a Supportive Regulative Framework
Energy Policy Act of 2005 and Energy Efficient Buildings
Qualification Factors
Tax Deduction
Certification Requirements
Calculating of Design Methods and Technologies
Determining Building Compliance
Interim Rules for Lighting Projects
Overview of the Program
Opportunities for Energy and Cost Savings
Zero Energy Goals
Tax Incentives for Energy Efficiency
Commercial Buildings
Residential Buildings
Buildings Efficiency and Economic Recovery
Building America Program
Systems Engineering Approach
Benefits for the Buyer & Homeowners
Benefits for Buyers
Benefits for the Homeowners
Benefits for the Country
Energy Star® Program
Obama’s New Energy Efficiency Efforts
Energy Efficient Buildings in Europe
Energy in the EU
Energy Efficiency in Buildings in Europe
Energy Efficiency in EU
Policy Developments
Regulations in Relation to Buildings
Energy Performance of Buildings.
Directive on the Energy Performance of Buildings
Directive 2004/8/EC on the Promotion of Cogeneration
Program for EU Member States related to Buildings
Energy Services to Buildings
Development of the EU Framework
Improving Energy Efficiency of Buildings in EU Member States
Energy Efficiency Regulations
Existing National Programs
Directive on Energy Performance of Buildings
Major Players
The European Union
International Energy Agency
European Energy Charter
European Committee for Standardization
European Network of Buildings Research Institutes
European Investment Bank
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
Country Analysis
Hong Kong
South Korea
Case Studies
Masdar City Dubai
Energy-Efficient Building Designing of the Louisiana Capitol Complex
Energy Efficient Building Programs in Hawaii
Enermodal Engineering’s Building
Major Players

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