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Many utilities in the U.S. encourage the adoption of design features and selection of equipment that optimize the efficient use of electricity. The ultimate goal of the utility energy efficiency programs is to change the design and construction process so that the practice of designing and building for energy efficiency becomes the industry standard. It is critical that in order to maximize the overall energy efficiency of a building is to be involved in the design process as early as possible.
Doing it right the first time
A place to start is your state’s energy code requirements. It is important that the designers of your facility closely follow the criteria outlined by your state’s official Energy Code (based on ASHRAE 90.1 or better). ASHRAE has recently approved a new 90.1 Standard that puts an even greater emphasis on energy efficient design (ASHRAE 90.1-1999).
See more information on energy efficiency building code in the Policy section of the MEEA website.