Going green with building certifications like LEED, WELL, and Energy Star can be a significant step towards reaching net zero carbon emission goals, but ESD, now Stantec Energy Engineer Matthew Zweibruck says don’t stop there. (Learn more about the FacilitiesNet summit.)
A review of existing building systems can reveal untapped opportunities for energy savings and increased sustainability according to a recent article written by ESD Energy Engineer Matt Zweibruck.
Writing for Propmodo Magazine, Zweibruck says “Retro-Commissioning Buildings Is a Path to a Greener Future.” The impact buildings have on the environment and climate change is significant, but Zweibruck says retro-commissioning (RCx) can offer options and possible solutions to building owners and operators.
While Zweibruck’s piece notes various sustainability programs, he advises building stakeholders to go beyond LEED, WELL, and other certifications. He says retro-commissioning can add considerable value by optimizing building energy performance through the identification and implementation of low- to no-cost energy efficiency measures. Zweibruck says these measures can often be implemented without the installation of any new equipment.
With many states adopting regulations that require these types of building system re-evaluations, Zwiebruck says retro-commissioning now can make buildings compliant while also reducing greenhouse gas emissions sooner than later.
Matt Zweibruck shares his knowledge of the demand-side energy services industry in support of ESD’s mission to improve society through the built environment.
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