The plan sounds simple enough. Architectural changes incorporating new-age energy technologies into the design of renovated and new commercial buildings and especially in the implementation of new-age high-efficiency technology building systems would result in new buildings using 50% less energy over the next 10 years. By 2030, these systems would begin to generate as much energy as they consume.
The report goes further. Acceptance of these architectural changes would reduce U.S. carbon emissions by at least 34% by the year 2050.
Continuing with traditional design strategies is a dangerous alternative. Currently, commercial design has created an energy nightmare whereby 70% of all U.S. energy is used in the country’s workplaces. The Obama Administration’s stimulus package includes $65 billion in funding and tax credits as incentives to include energy efficiency in new designs.
The emergence of a new design term, building-integrated renewable energy (BIRE), has stimulus-reward repercussions. Architects report that BIRE technology is now available to create “smart buildings” that will reduce energy consumption by as much as 50%.
Typically, the construction costs related to these technologies are higher than installation costs for traditional, less energy efficient systems. Recent analysis by real estate developers shows that the increased start up costs …Read More