I can make 100% energy savings on any building. How? By removing all heating and cooling equipment and all electrical supply to the building.
‘Wait’, I hear you say, ‘you cannot take away all energy because we need energy in its various forms to live and work’. OK so you need some energy but does that mean it is energy consumption as usual?
So what if we take a different approach… What if the building user could define the ‘Optimal Performance’ of their building? What are the conditions they are willing to accept? For example: energy consumption at 50% of building regulations; occupancy comfort of over 90% comfort; air quality at healthy levels; operation costs 40% less than standard costs; etc. How would you make these kind of assessments? Even more complex – how could we achieve the simultaneous optimal performance of all of these factors and more?
This would be transformational for your costs, sustainability objectives and staff wellbeing.
But how could this be achieved?
When designing buildings today, we should always be striving to achieve the Optimal Performance of the building. Not just for the obvious environmental reasons, but also to reduce running costs, increase energy efficiency and provide good occupant wellbeing among other reasons.