During these times of uncertainty and social distancing, it can be difficult to proceed with important commissioning (Cx) activities, specifically site visits and functional testing as they require travel and interaction in groups. In most states, construction is considered an essential service, but most projects are still proceeding with caution.
Great news for buildings using ENERGY STAR to benchmark and earn recognition for energy performance: Recently, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) completed its months-long review of its current ENERGY STAR scoring model for office spaces, which was implemented in August 2018 and which caused scores in office buildings to drop, particularly in cold climates.
To date, there are more than a dozen green certification rating systems for existing buildings. Talk about certification overload! To help you navigate which certification may be best for your building, ESD has created this guide.