Select Your Strategies
Selecting and locating building systems to increase performance
The building systems referred to below include the mechanical and electrical infrastructure that drives the heating, cooling, ventilation, and lighting of a building. The best designs consider all interrelated building systems while addressing indoor air quality, energy consumption, and environmental benefit.1
Systems for space and water heating and cooling, lighting, and ventilation constitute roughly 70% of the energy use in U.S. buildings.2 As the industry pushes toward greater energy efficiency, focus on efficient and properly sized mechanical and electrical systems has increased. Reducing this energy consumption requires three key steps: analyzing the needs, reducing need through passive design, and integrating all systems into an automated control.