Beyond implementing various passive and active measures for improving energy efficiency in buildings, modulating user behaviour to match optimized usage patterns is very critical to reap the benefits. In addition to modulating user behaviour, installing Building Energy Management systems (BEMS) to control, monitor and optimize energy consumption of comfort systems, lighting, hot water and appliances in a building over time augment energy savings already obtained by the use of passive, active and user behaviour modulation measures.
Energy-efficient buildings can be achieved through a holistic design with energy-efficient technologies and intelligent building management. This holistic design follows the Strategic Approach paradigm of first implementing load-reducing “Passive Options” for building design, followed by energy-efficient “Active Options” for thermal conditioning and ventilation as needed and then fine-tuning building operation through “User Behaviour and Energy Management”.
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This page allows you to see detailed information on the various design options (passive, active, user behaviour and energy management) to achieving energy efficient buildings. Please click a tab to read more about each option providing information on technology overview including a key message, energy efficiency potential, cost and energy savings data and good practice examples.