Advanced Energy Retrofit Guidelines Available
For Various Building Types

The US Department of Energy, through its Building Technologies Office, has been creating advanced energy retrofit guidelines (AERGs) for various building types. (See links below).

The latest in the AERGs series, offers comprehensive information and analytical methods for calculating the cost effectiveness of the highest priority measures that should be considered for retrofit projects in hospitals and small outpatient facilities.

A webinar on implementing AERGs into health care facilities and small medical offices is planned for April 17. Guest speakers are Sonia Punjabi, U.S. Department of Energy, and Bob Hendron, National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

Date: Thursday, April 17, 2014
Time: 1:00   2:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time
Register

The AERG for Healthcare Facilities helps commercial building owners and managers to plan, design, and implement energy improvements in existing facilities. This guide identifies the unique challenges and opportunities in healthcare facilities, with an emphasis on the most effective commissioning and retrofit measures identified by experts.

One of the most important gaps in the current literature is reliable and actionable cost and energy savings methods and data. The AERGs address this gap by providing very comprehensive analytical methods for calculating the cost-effectiveness of retrofit measures. These methods are supplemented by examples using the Pre-1980s Commercial Reference Buildings, and by detailed case studies demonstrating how organizations have successfully implemented similar measures in commercial buildings. All of the AERGs are available for free download:
• Advanced Energy Retrofit Guide for Office Buildings
• Advanced Energy Retrofit Guide for Retail Buildings
• Advanced Energy Retrofit Guide for Grocery Stores
• Advanced Energy Retrofit Guide for K-12 Schools
• Advanced Energy Retrofit Guide for Healthcare Facilities

Download the Guides

Take the Retrofit Challenge

Are you involved with remodeling, renovation, or home performance? The Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC) researchers are looking for partners to "test drive" best practices under a recently launched initiative - the Retrofit Challenge. Get the scoop on cost-effective, energy-savings practices, take the Retrofit Challenge Pledge, and access research and case studies backing up the Retrofit Challenge at www.ba-pirc.org/retrofit. Or contact Karen Sutherland (321) 638-1474. 

Do Green Homes Really Deliver?
New Study Shows Likes & Dislikes

GuildQuality, a leading provider of customer satisfaction surveying for the residential building industry, recently conducted a national survey of homeowners who purchased a National Green Building Standard (NGBS) certified green home built within the past three years. The study, commissioned by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) aimed to uncover how green homeowners feel after purchasing their home; primarily focusing on their overall satisfaction and whether they would recommend purchasing a green home to others.

Key findings of the study reveal:

Homeowners also provided their feedback on what influenced their decision to purchase a green home, and the sustainable features they value most. According to respondents, low utility bills, energy efficiency and better insulation topped the list of the green-related aspects that homeowners were most satisfied with.

What were they least satisfied with? [Read the report

Understanding the FTC Green Marketing Guidelines

Do you know the do's and don'ts of marketing green features? What you don't know could end up being a liability. Check out this tutorial on marketing from the Federal Trade Commission.

FGBC Background and Mission

The Florida Green Building Coalition (FGBC) is a nonprofit 501(C)3 Florida corporation dedicated to improving the built environment. Our mission is "to lead and promote sustainability with environmental, economic, and social benefits through regional education and certification programs."

FGBC was conceived and founded in the belief that green building programs will be most successful if there are clear and meaningful principles on which "green" qualification and marketing are based. We are a membership-based organization governed by a Board of Directors and corporate officers who are elected by the general membership.

The FGBC is continually finding new and innovative ways to educate builders, developers, local governments, and consumers about how to achieve a healthier, more environmentally sustainable future.

The purposes of the Florida Green Building Coalition are:

Awards:

2004 - Sustainable Florida 'Best Practices' Award
2013 - American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) and the Alliance for Water Efficiency (AWE) Exemplary Water-Energy Program

 

 

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