One of the presentations at the Bentley BE 2008 conference I had a chance to view was by Drury Crawley; Team Leader of Commercial Buildings R&D at DOE (Dept. of Energy).
(Side note: his title is WAY long……but he knows it, too….).
He covered trends in energy analysis, high performance buildings, and new business models for sustainability in buildings and facilities. I thought his high – level view of where the buildings / facility industry is going was very interesting, and it re-iterates a number of issues that I have seen in my work. Key themes included:
- Consolidation of the Buildings industry (mergers & acquisitions)
- Worker Health / Productivity / Comfort
- Green House Gas (GHG) inventory and management (note: 39% of carbon emissions come from buildings….)
- Green Buildings
- Zero Energy Buildings (ZEB)
- Energy Services Companies (ESCOs)
Some thoughts on his presentation and viewpoints are below:
Evaluating the impact of buildings on WAGES (Water, Air, Gas, Electric, Steam), Crawley cited figures indicating that buildings (including the electric power required) account for 45% of water use in the
Similar to the advent of intelligent modeling driving adoption of green technologies (which I posted on here),
Another interesting point was that Green buildings and accreditation was driving the use of these simulation methodologies and tools; not higher energy costs.
Websites for more info on DOE’s commercial building R&D: