Volume 42, Issue 6 - June 2007

Energy & Environment
AIA 2007 Conference Seminar Focus on Green Building Research

Did you know that bad windows cost U.S. consumers more than $40 billion every year in unneeded energy costs?

Stephen Selkowitz of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory shared that statistic at the “Establishing a National Agenda for Green Building Research” seminar during the AIA Conference in San Antonio. The U.S. Green Building Council has partnered with the AIA Committee on the Environment to develop a national green building agenda and roadmap. The conference featured a panel discussion that focused on sustainable design, construction and operations.

Selkowitz did have a solution to the energy issues caused by bad windows. With triple glazing being very heavy and costly, low-E insulating glass units can help. These technologies are catching on. Selkowitz said the low-E glazing market has grown in just 23 years from zero applications in 1980 to 800 million square feet in 2003. 

He also discussed Building Information Models (BIM), a tool that can create a digital representation of the entire building process.

“BIM will ultimately help to make better buildings, but to do so you have to think about the entire building life cycle,” Selkowitz said. The entire cycle includes design, construction, commissioning, occupancy, operations and renovation. 


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