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.)
Writing for CoreNet Global’s The Pulse Blog, ESD Practice Leader for Commissioning and Energy+Eco Saagar Patel encourages building owners, operators, and developers to pursue energy efficiency sooner than later.
In his article, “Why Now is the Best Time to Improve Energy Efficiency in Buildings,” Patel says procrastinating is not an option if we hope to rein in the impact buildings have on global warming. According to Patel, approximately 28 percent of global carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions are generated from existing buildings, making the sector a prime target for improvement strategies.
Patel’s feature outlines some top signs now is the time to make new and existing building more energy efficient. He says monitoring-based commissioning (MBCx) can be a logical next step to improving tenant comfort, reducing operations and maintenance (O&M) expenses, and improving overall energy efficiency. Patel warns to stay in one place is to go backwards. The best time to take action to improve operational and energy efficiency in buildings is today.
Saagar Patel currently serves on the Illinois Energy Code Advisory Council as well as the the Building Decarbonization Working Group for the City of Chicago, demonstrating his commitment to ESD’s mission to improve society through the built environment.
Contact ESD’s experts for more information on how ESD can help with building automation, energy efficiency, and other carbon reduction planning.