Energy is used in buildings, industries, and transportation and has effects on people’s lives. These effects are nationwide, worldwide, and varied. The effects comprise the economy of nations, such as the United States’ dependence on foreign oil. Also, human health and environment can be effected by building energy use. On a larger scale, carbon emissions, which are directly tied to building energy use, affect the planet.
According to the Energy Information Administration report, commercial buildings consume 40 % of the total energy in the United States. Sustainable building mandates stipulate efficient and alternative uses for the limited supply of energy, but calculations for verification and validation must be achieved in order to maintain accountability and to ensure successful energy conservation strategies over time. Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is a certification program that is used as a benchmark for sustainable building design. A building must satisfy the minimum number of design requirements identified by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) to be awarded a LEED Green Building certification. There are no future changes on certification, but there is an opportunity to recheck how a sustainable building performs during the post-occupancy operation.
According to the energy consumption data from Student Housing Energy Bill, this research will compare the predicted to actual performance for buildings that meet the LEED platinum mandate. The result of this comparison can be useful in improving the measurement process for expecting building energy consumption and developing support methodologies to help improve post-occupancy building performance.
|Commitee:||Mayoral, Salvador, Robson, Nina|
|School:||California State University, Fullerton|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 56/03M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Mechanical engineering, Sustainability, Energy|
|Keywords:||Compliance run, Diversity factor, Energy pro, Non-compliance run, Predicted vs actual energy, Sustainability|
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