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Monday, August 17, 2009

"Reasonably Relied Upon..." - The Growing Importance of Energy Modeling : Green Building Law Blog- Repost [LEED][Law]

Today's guest post was contributed by E. Mitchell Swann, P.E., LEED AP, a partner at MDC Systems

As a strong component of the sustainability initiative in buildings, energy use is rightfully taking its place as a leading metric in evaluating a building’s performance. Further emphasizing the importance of performance measurement is the expected roll out of an industry wide “Building Energy Performance” label which is intended to provide an objective comparison of energy use between buildings. Rating systems like Energy Star along with model energy codes look at both predictive energy use models and actual usage as crucial to determining a building’s true performance and rating. The USGBC’s newly issued LEED v3.0 rating system requires the initial certification, recertification and by extension the possibility of decertification of LEED buildings to be tied closely to comparisons of modeled and measured energy use over time.

In those rating systems where a project’s “end game” performance is evaluated against their ‘promise’ as presented in a predictive model developed during design, the quality of the prediction greatly influences the quality perception of the results.

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"Reasonably Relied Upon..." - The Growing Importance of Energy Modeling : Green Building Law Blog


Shari Shapiro August 20, 2009 at 2:38 PM  

Definitely give us big bad lawyers the what-for! Your best defense is a good offense, especially where litigation is concerned.

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