College Planning & Management

AUG 2012

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Facilities CAMPUS SPACES Control Panel No one like surprises — especially when they open their energy bill. Energy modeling can give a good idea of how your buildings will perform and where to fi nd savings before they're built and after. BY AMY MILSHTEIN S O MUCH IN LIFE REMAINS unpredictable, from the perfor- mance of your favorite sports teams to the stock market to your teen's taste in music. From a planning and man- agement perspective few things are worse than a building that consumes way more energy than expected. Energy modeling programs can take some of the mystery out of your building stock's performance and help you meet LEED standards. Yet most schools don't invest the time and resources into this technology. College Planning & Management offers a primer to help change that. Energy modeling is not a new concept. "It's been around in one form or another since the mid-1970s," says Dr. Ellen Fran- coni, senior consultant, Built Environment Team, Rocky Mountain Institute. "Today modeling is moving beyond research into the private sector." Franconi also remarks how well matched schools are to the technology. "Colleges and universities traditionally take a long-term view of their building stock," she explains. "They are more demanding and savvy of the future performance than other owners, like that of a spec offi ce building, for instance." Energy Modeling 101 In the Energy Modeling: A Guide for the Building Professional from the Colo- rado Governor's Energy Offi ce, energy modeling is described as, "the use of computer-based simulations to assess energy consumption, daylighting effects, and other characteristics of a building design. It allows for the analysis of vari- ous design considerations prior to the Anatomy of an Effi cient Building HIGH-PERFORMACE BUILDING ENVELOPE NATURAL DAYLIGHTING AND VIEWS NATURAL VENTILATION OPERABLE USER-CONTROLLED EXTERIOR SUNSCREEN SHUTTERS RECLAIMED WOOD THROUGHOUT FOREST STEWARDSHIP COUNCIL CERTIFIED WOOD REGIONAL MATERIALS WATER USE REDUCTION RAPIDLY RENEWABLE MATERIALS GREEN ROOFS BUILDING MONITORING SYSTEM OCCUPANCY SENSORS OPTIMIZED ENERGY PERFORMACE NATIVE LOW-WATER LANDSCAPING RECYCLED CONTENTS A LOOK INSIDE construction phase of a project. In this way energy modeling can help optimize alternatives and allow the design team to prioritize investment in the strategies that will have the greatest effect on the build- ing's energy use and occupant comfort." Energy modeling can be used to help a project achieve LEED standards, but it AUGUST 2012 / COLLEGE PLANNING & MANAGEMENT 19 ILLUSTRATION COURTESY OF ZGF ARCHITECTS

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