Energy-Efficient Design

Whether we are modernizing existing facilities or designing for new construction, CSDA provides high-performance design at all phases of a project. We do this by performing energy audits and measuring baseline consumption using metrics tied to energy densities. We then compare each project to similar¬†projects found within the EnergyStar national portfolio to obtain an evidence-based conclusion of the project’s¬†energy performance.

At CSDA, we take sustainability one step further and perform comparisons against the latest, best practices and target energy densities as published by sources such as the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), and The Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS). We then form an Energy Efficiency Measures (EEM) list to create a roadmap to inform and guide stakeholders on the best and fastest ROI for various project components and systems.

Our approach to high-performance facility design includes the following:

  • Set aggressive goals
  • Analyze the climate
  • Reduce energy use
  • Choose efficient systems
  • Opt for renewables
  • Verify performance