Top Ten Measure 7: Energy Flows & Energy Future

Sustainable design conserves energy and resources and reduces the carbon footprint while improving building performance and comfort. Sustainable design anticipates future energy sources and needs.

  • How the building design reduces energy loads for heating, cooling, lighting, and water heating
  • How the design and integration of building systems contributes to energy conserva-tion and reduced use of fossil fuels, reduces green house gas emissions and other pollution, and improves building performance and comfort
  • Techniques for systems integration, use of controls and technologies, efficient lighting strategies
  • Use of on-site renewable and alternative energy systems
  • Anticipation of future and carbon neutral fuel sources
  • Strategies to reduce peak electrical demand
  • How the building or parts of the building provide "passive survivability" the ability to function in the event of power outages or interruptions in fuel supply

Our thanks to the ENERGY STAR program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and to the U.S. Department of Energy, and to BuildingGreen, Inc. for hosting the submission and judging forms.

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