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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

The American Institute of Architects - AIA 2030 Commitment_Resources, Programs & Initiatives

Wow...it's finally here. You've just got to download this spreadsheet. It automatically turns all of your projects into net zero buildings. Was that sarcastic enough? I still don't see the point of this. Actually modeling buildings and using tools like the IES VE toolkits are what we really need.

As a blog commenter suggested, didn't Energy Star already do this? Progress requires action, not a spreadsheet. I'm just hopping mad about this.


AIA Releases Tool to Assist Firms in Tracking Progress Towards the 2030 Goals of the Commitment

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FAQ for Working with the Progress Report Tool


Which projects should be included as “Active Projects”?

Include all design projects which meet the following criteria:

    • was an active project in the design phase during the report calendar year

    • architectural projects which scope included, at a minimum, HVAC system modifications or substantial envelope modifications OR interiors-only projects which included lighting design

Projects which were not in a design phase during the calendar year should not be included.

Should a project in conceptual or preliminary design stages be included?
Yes, as long as use type, gross square feet, and target energy reduction goal and/or LPD target have been established, at a minimum.

Should a project in construction be included?
A project currently under construction should only be included if it was in a design phase during the calendar year or if construction-phase modifications to envelope design or building systems were substantial enough to warrant a revised energy model.

Should a project which has been out on hold be included?
Yes, if project and scope of work meet the description of a project which should be included.

How do I calculate a project’s PEUI?
Depending on design phase, the Predicted EUI for a project may be a design goal (if the project is in preliminary design phase) or derived from full energy model data. A project’s energy model will output predicted energy use from all sources: electric, natural gas, utility provided steam, hot water, chilled water, etc. Convert all energy use units to kBtu/year by Gross Square Feet to yield the Predicted EUI in kBtu/sf/year.

there's more if you want to read it The American Institute of Architects - AIA 2030 Commitment_Resources, Programs & Initiatives

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