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Understanding What an Energy Model Can and Can’t Do


Cx Monitor Newsletter, Issue 5.4 

WITH FUEL PRICES RISING, ENERGY EFFICIENCY HAS BEEN TOP-OF-MIND FOR FACILITY MANAGERS. And, state and nationwide energy-saving programs, mandates and incentives have increased dramatically. These include increasingly stringent energy codes and standards, green building rating systems, federal tax deductions, numerous state-or utility-specific rebates and incentives, building labeling programs, and more.

All of these highlight the importance of doing quality energy modeling early in the design phase, as a part of an integrated design process. An energy model is primarily a decision-making tool for comparing various scenarios in a building design to help achieve energy and cost savings.