Sustainable Energy Systems, Sources, and Strategies for Workplace Design.

Darra Derheim, Vibhavari Jani, Tiffany Hoffman, Ryan Goetsch
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EDRA 43 Seattle: Emergent Placemaking: Proceedings of the 43rd Annual Conference of the Environmental Design Research Association
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Sustainability has become ubiquitous within design
in recent years. A lower impact on the environment
is necessary to counteract global warming. Excessive
energy use is one of the major issues we face today, yet
the majority of new construction or renovation of office
projects in the U.S. today do not consider sustainable
strategies or equipment that could lower energy consumption,
even though the money saved from lower
energy use may offset the initial cost of installation
of these systems or equipment over time. Misuse of
construction materials also may have negative effects
on the environment, shorten the lifespan of the building,
or potentially cause harm to the users. In order
to explore the effectiveness of sustainable and green
design strategies and to reduce energy consumption,
one must research evidence available on how to reduce
energy consumption before development of any new
workspace design or renovation projects. A comparative
study of energy consumption before and after
the renovation may provide valuable information for
designers. To understand the effectiveness of various
sustainable energy sources, systems, and strategies, the
authors will evaluate case studies of renovated buildings
and analyze the documented evidence of their
energy consumption before and after the renovation.
The result of this analysis will indicate whether there
were significant differences in energy consumption.
Conclusions will be based on the data analysis of the
energy consumed by the buildings and their tenants to
determine which sustainable strategies, equipment, and
systems are appropriate for each region these buildings
are located in. Based on the results of these case
studies, guidelines will be developed that designers can
adapt to lessen the energy consumption in their future
office design projects.

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