Originally published in the March-April, 2021 issue of The Military Engineer by the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME)
Energy-efficient facilities are a goal of every building owner, both for cost savings and sustainability improvements. With new construction project, energy efficiency can be achieved in many ways, including building orientation and material selection. High efficiency systems can easily be designed to fit within the building shell, where all existing air distribution and lighting can be built into the aesthetic rather than being an afterthought.
But for existing buildings, achieving energy savings is a completely different complexity.